When we do collagraphs, I use crystal clear over gesso. This gives it a
slick suface to help in removing ink during the printing process. One can
will go a long way and depending on the size of the prints may be all you
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> Date: 2/2/2006 3:06:26 AM
> Subject: Re: [teacherartexchange] printmaking help
> we just painted our collagraph plates with latex house paint, and let it
> before printing. I think you can also use gloss medium or mod podge, but
> that could get a bit pricey!
> -Lydia in Toledo
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> > hello all,
> > i'm trying to do a collagraph project with 4th graders and am having
> > problems. i'm using a new small Econo-etch press and made plates using
> > poster board, burlap, string, etc. everything is glued down securely,
> > painted over with acrylic paint and dried for a couple of days. i put
> > saran wrap over to print a "blind" (is that the correct term for not
> > inked?) collagraph and that worked. but when i coat the plate with
> > paint the paper sticks and ruins everything.
> > i'm just using construction paper dampened and blotted dry.
> > i think i remember doing this process in school and we used shellac but
> > this seems toxic to use in elementary.
> > anyone have any advice for me?
> > thanks,
> > linda in michigan
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