• Collagraph Printing Samples and Suggestions:
     
     
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    Sample collagraph printing plate
     
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    Another sample plate
     
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    Simple one color collagraph print
    (press is not "tight" on this print)...
    You can get an idea of some of the objects used by looking at this print.
    {For size reference, most of these prints are between the 5x7 & 7x9" range.}
     
     
     
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    Sample "juicy" print...this is achieved after layers of ink have been applied throughout the printing process.  Turquoise was the last color applied on this particular print.  The student printed from this inking at least 5 times after the turquoise application (without re-inking) to acheive this effect of all the colors from previous inkings to come through.  Note, that it helps to tighten the press, say after the 4th or 5th printing of the later colors (like the turquoise mentioned above) to get the "juicy" effect.
     
     
     
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    This is what we call an "altered" or "hand-manipulated" print.  The student took a print with a poor registration and made it significantly stronger by adding colored pencils, charcoal and soft pastels.
     
     
     
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    "Hand-manuipulated" print using charcoal, text and collage elements.
     
     
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    "Hand-manipulated" print using charcoal and oil pastel.
     
     
     
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    "Hand-manipulated" print using charcoal, soft pastel, text and masking tape.  Here you can see evidence of the original drawing from which the composition came.
     
     
     
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    "Hand-manipulated" print using soft pastel, charcoal and text.
     
     
     
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    "Hand-manipulated"  print using charcoal and text.
     
     
     
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    "Hand-maipulated" print using rubber stamps, tape, oil pastels and charcoal.
     
     
     
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    A different approach to the printing process.  An "overprinting" process where the student used dry paper instead of wet, hand transferred the print starting with the lightest color (yellow) working to the darkest, reprinting each time over top of the same original (yellow) print.  This is done with the each new inking of the plate.
     
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    Sample "overprint"
     
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    A "window" of a juicy collagraph print.  This is approx. 2''x3''.  Student learn how to choose strong, dynamic abstract compositions.
     
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    "Window" of juicy print!
     
     
     
     
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    "Window" of juicy print!  (You can kind of see why we call them "juicy"!)
     
     
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    "Window" of collagraph print.
     
     
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    "Window " of  juicy collagraph print.  This is only 2"x2".  Awesome little gem!
     
     
     
     
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    "Window" of juicy print!
     
     
     
     
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    This shows the process of a student using a "window" to isolate an interesting composition within the original collagraph print.  She slightly "altered" the window using charcoal.
     
     
     
     
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    Acrylic painting based on the previous "window".  This was done on pre-primed canvas taped down onto cardboard (while working, for stability).  The size of the paintings are in the 9x12" to 12x18" range.  We gave the students the option of buying their own pre-stretched canvas if they wanted to for this project.
     
     
     
     
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    Acyrlic painting based on "window" of collagraph print.
     
     
     
     
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    Acrylic painting based on  "window" of collagraph print.
     
     
     
     
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    Acrylic painting based on "window" of collagraph print.
     
     
     
     
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    Another full "juicy" collagraph print. (The press was really tight on this one!)
     
     
     
    Unfortunately, I don't have any examples of the actual collagraph printing "plates" to show at this time.  Don't overlook the potential of the actual printing plates themselves (once printed to the max) as works of art.
     
    E-mail me with questions and comments as you go!  Have Fun!
     
     
Last Modified on May 1, 2007