Saturday, February 14, 2015

Designed to Inspire so you'll be Inspired to Design! Collagraphs!

Collagraph's are easy to make!
Use a stiff base like cardboard, foam board etc. Glue low relief items to it.
You can even use a hot glue gun to make marks on the base.
the inked plate
Apply thicker fabric paints, screen printing inks or acrylic paint to the base with a brush. A foam brush will shred so I use a inexpensive bristle brush found at a local mart. These are called 'chip' brushes. Note- I always use washable paints.
rolling out ink with a brayer
Sometimes I just brayer the top of the collagraph to catch the design. Experiment with all techniques to find the one you like the best. 
on Painted Fabric from my Fabric Transformations Workshop
collagraph on a T-Shirt
detail

4 comments:

Janis Doucette said...

Are you printing collagraphs without a press?

Debbie said...

I didn't know you could use acrylic paints, I could try that but yes can you do it without a press.
Like the results

Wen Redmond said...

Debbie- some acrylic paints are thick enough to handle this- but work fast!

Velma Bolyard said...

nice! and easy explanation of the collagraph process.

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