We started our print project with two plate collographs. First we isolated an image from our sketchbooks.
|I chose this image of the bulbous tree (left)|
Then we transfered the image onto pale coloured mount card using tracing paper. Sliced into it with a scalpel and applied various surface and textured papers by act of collage and PVA wood glue. Once dry this was then sealed with furniture polish.
|background plate (left) with PVA body and peeled backing.
foreground plate (right) with applied texture/surface including wallpaper, tissue paper, sandpaper and corrugated card
|wetting the paper ready for print|
|applying inks to the plates, then rubbing off the excess with scrim|
|setting your plate, ready for pressing. Newsprint down first, plate facing ink up!|
|applying blotted sheet to face of plate|
|now more newsprint (to protect the surface of the blanket)|
|blanket on top|
|then its roll roll roll roll roll...|
|until your first print is just free of the roller.
Apply second/foreground plate using the marking left by first print on the newsprint
|then roll roll roll roll it back again!|