Collagraph printmaking is one of the most interesting and versatile techniques. It involves collage, which is the process of gluing different materials onto a surface and then printing it. This technique has been around for centuries, and there are many different ways to create collagraph prints. In this blog post, we’re going to take a closer look at collagraph printmaking and how to make your own prints.
What is collagraph printmaking in art?
Collagraph printmaking is the collage technique of gluing objects onto cardboard or other materials and then printing them with ink. Collagraphy can be done on paper, fabric, wood, metal plates — anything you want! The collaged items that make up collograph prints are called collageshapes. These shapes could be things like leaves, pieces of fabric, lace, paper, or any other found objects.
The collageshapes are glued to the printing surface in whatever way you want them to print. You can have a lot of control over the final print by arranging the collageshapes on the printing surface. This is what makes collagraph printmaking so much fun — you can be as creative as you want to be!
Who invented collagraph printmaking?
Glen Alps is credited with having developed the collagraph printmaking technique. He was a printmaker and artist who lived in the United States during the late 19th century.
Alps was inspired to create collagraphs after seeing a print that was created using a combination of collage and lithography. He began experimenting with collage techniques and soon developed his own unique style of printmaking. His collographs are now considered to be some of the most important examples of this type of printing.
How do you make a collagraph print?
Now that we know a little bit more about collagraph printmaking, let’s take a look at how to create your own prints. There are many different ways to make collagraph prints, but here is one simple way to get started:
- Cut out some collageshapes from paper or fabric and glue them onto cardboard.
- Once you have your collageshapes glued on, it’s time to print! You’ll need an ink pad (or some paint) and a piece of paper for printing. Apply the ink evenly over all collageshapes with a brush or roller so that every part of each collageshape gets covered with color.
- Let the collagraph dry before trying to print it out on another piece of paper.
A beautiful collagraph print is ready!
You can also collage collageshapes onto other surfaces, such as wood or fabric. Just make sure that the collageshape is securely attached and won’t fall off when you print it out.
Collagraph printing is an art form that can be enjoyed by anyone. You don’t need any special skills or materials to get started, just some paper and your imagination! Feel free to experiment with different shapes and textures until you find something that speaks to your creative side.
Now go make one for yourself. What do you plan on making? Tell us about that in the comments below!