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Re: [teacherartexchange] collograph question


From: Ken Schwab (bicyclken_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Mon May 07 2007 - 06:49:18 PDT

I have been doing collographs for many years in high
school. We make templates from chipboard with sand
paper, doilies, tin foil, string, gesso , thin cards,
sand, and such. Since collographs are an intaglio
print, you must seal the relief of the textures but
not take away the subtleties.

I first coat them with a thin coat of gesso to seal it
off from all absorbing qualities. Then a coat of
white glue and water to from a shell. Lastly I spray
with crystal clear to make a glossy surface that I can
easily rub the ink off.

Print like an etching with a press and etching ink.
Printing is another whole story. I am hopefully going
to present a workshop in Hawaii this summer or next.
We have friends there and a place called the Donkey
Mill is an art workshop that has international artists
give 3 day workshops.

Collographs are fun and if prepared correctly will ink
up and print nicely.

Ken Schwab

> On May 6, 2007, at 6:00 PM, Dulcius wrote:
> > When I have my students make collagraphs, I do
> have them coat the
> > plate with acrylic gloss medium. However, when I
> took a
> > printmaking class at the museum a couple of years
> ago, we printed
> > from collagraph plates that weren't covered with
> anything, and we
> > made more than one print (the stuff does have to
> be glued down
> > extra well, and printed in more of a relief than
> an intaglio way).
> > By the way, I have posted some of my students'
> animal collagraphs
> > (from tagboard collage plates) and abstract
> collagraphs (from
> > "texture stuff", printed on black paper) on my
> artsonia site http://
> >
> > -Lydia in Toledo
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