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Re: foam printing plates: late reply


Date: Tue Feb 18 2003 - 05:02:57 PST

Relief plates ae called collographs. I have done group collographs
before. I let two kids together create a larger plate. It was great
fun. We used poster board for the back, we cut up manila folders for
shapes, but we also used wallpaper, lace, corrugated paper, sandpaper,
etc. to create a variety of textures. Following the gluing, (whch must
be very thoroughly rubbed onto the backs of each lumpy glue
or it will show in your print as a bump) I spray painted the plate with
clear acrylic spray paint. You could also have the kids brush on a coat
of sealer of some kind. The reason I put two kids together into
designing on a larger plate is that when they roll out theink, it takes
two kids rolling to cover it fast enough and thick enough with ink to
get a good print before the ink starts drying. I'm thinking these
prints were 12x18. They were really gorgeous. I remember a portrait of
a girl, where they used lace for the dress, manila folder shapes for the
face (theyre thin enough to create relief, but not so thick that you get
a wide gap of no ink between overlapping shapes. For the girls' hair,
they used tacky blue, squeezed out in strips, or combed through with a
stick as it start to set up. When it was sprayed over with acrylic it
lasted pretty well. Textured wallpaper scraps are great,too. Well,
timeto get up!! Happy Tuesday, my fellow artsednetters!