After I glued my collage onto the mountboard with PVA, I sealed it all with two thin layers of shellac knotting. This is a solution for sealing knots and resinous areas of bare timber prior to the application of paints, waxes or polishes. Once dry I created intaglio based prints from my plates, where I applied ink to the entire surface and then removed it from the upper surfaces of the collage materials with scrim. Then it was run through a printing press. It's the same inking process as for my etchings which I wrote about in my previous article.
Below is a plate, about 10 x 20 cm large, that I made with various scraps of (wall)paper, fabric, lace, tule, scrim, acrylic medium with black lava and dried grass from the garden.
|Collagraph plate " Earth Layers" ©Fenfolio2014|
It was then printed on Somerset printmaking paper with oil-based sepia ink.
|"Earth Layers" collagraph print ©Fenfolio2014|
For the plate below (10 x 10 cm) I used dried leaves and flowers, dried lychen and some embroidery thread. I sealed it off with acrylic matt medium to see how it would compare with shellac knotting. For just one print it's fine but I wouldn't recommend it if a larger edition is being printed as it's not as tough as shellac knotting.
|Collagraph plate "Organic 1" ©Fenfolio2014|
It was then printed on Fabriano paper with oil-based sepia ink.
|"Organic 1" collagraph print ©Fenfolio2014|
This plate was created by applying polyfiller (I use the powder form and then add water) onto grey mountboard with a palette knife and embossing a pressed dried flower and a piece of scrim into it. Just before the polyfiller had hardened I took the materials away and an impression was left behind.
|Collagraph plate "Organic 2" ©Fenfolio2014|
The plate was then printed on Fabriano paper with oil-based sepia ink.
|"Organic 2" collagraph print ©Fenfolio2014|
Now we have been introduced to various printmaking techniques during the course, we can choose which one to focus on for our personal project. I have already decided to combine drypoint on perspex with collagraphy and in March 2015, when the course is finished, I hope to show you my final design!