Category: Techniques

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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Paper Marbling with Blueberry Academy

This is a wonderful technique that is very accessible for people of all abilities. You can get great results almost instantly, and with practice you can become very skilled at creating intricate designs.

The international history of Paper Marbling includes traditional patterns from Japan, Turkey and Europe. We practiced recreating all these patterns and learnt words from the different countries to describe the techniques.

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Etched lino with tape

If you are keen to experiment with etched lino, plastic tape is definitely something to try.  You can get lovely textural marks by simply painting the caustic soda mix on with a brush and this is generally the way the etched lino technique is used.

However if you mask areas of the lino before etching you can achieve a range of line and texture that will contrast well withthe rough brush strokes.

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