Category: Collagraphs

Preparing paper for collagraph printing

Discover the pleasure of preparing paper for collagraph printing, and help your printmaking sessions flow smoothly at the same time.

Your printing time is precious. You may be paying for time with the press. You may have a job with deadlines that eat into your printmaking time, or children coming home from school cutting your printing session short.

Some interruptions you can’t avoid, butpreparing paper doesn’t need to slow you down. There is no need to stop inking up and mess about with drippy wet paper and soggy blotting paper each time you are ready to print.

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What is Shellac?

Nowadays the shellac you come across is usually in a nail bar. Here we are looking at a different material – the original shellac. Find out why this is a really useful varnish and sealant for printmakers, particularly when making collagraph plates.

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Print from an ants nest

The urgent need to print can strike at any time: I was getting stuck into some serious gardening and started to move a stack of concrete paving slabs, which had been leaning up vertically for some time.

Between two slabs I discovered a wonderfulconstruction, like a map of abandoned catacombs. The work of thousands of ants, now long gone.

Here was inspiration – I urgently needed to preserve it as I could already feel a print forming in my mind.

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