This week it’s Collagraphs …

It’s week 2 of our Tactile Timeline research for Rochester Cathedral. Our mono-types from last week are looking great and we’re impressed at our first group foray into print making. Thank you Xtina for your patience!

Today we learnt about Collagraphs. The term collagraph refers to a collage board where the materials are assembled on a flat base or plate  to form a relief block with different surface levels and textures. Collagraph plates are created by sticking and gluing materials like textured paper or fabric onto the plate and then coated with varnish (shellac) or acrylic medium afterwards to protect the materials.

Xtina led us through the various stages of creating a Collagraph, Michelle Lees from Rochester Cathedral lent a helping hand. Our completed Collagraph plates are now drying, in readiness for inking up and printing next week. I hope the photographs show what a great day we had. There were even lengthy moments of concentrated silence, a rare occurrence for our group!

KAB Medway Art Group wk 2 Wendy Daws Tactile Timeline at Intra, photos Wendy Daws - 16
Preparing our boards for a collage of materials

KAB Medway Art Group wk 2 Wendy Daws Tactile Timeline at Intra, photos Wendy Daws - 10

KAB Medway Art Group wk 2 Wendy Daws Tactile Timeline at Intra, photos Wendy Daws - 19

KAB Medway Art Group wk 2 Wendy Daws Tactile Timeline at Intra, photos Wendy Daws - 21
Adding textures to the plate, using carborundum and other materials

KAB Medway Art Group wk 2 Wendy Daws Tactile Timeline at Intra, photos Wendy Daws - 28

KAB Medway Art Group wk 2 Wendy Daws Tactile Timeline at Intra, photos Wendy Daws - 30
One Collagraph sealed with Shellac
KAB Medway Art Group wk 2 Wendy Daws Tactile Timeline at Intra, photos Wendy Daws - 38
The first pressing, onto prepared paper
KAB Medway Art Group wk 2 Wendy Daws Tactile Timeline at Intra, photos Wendy Daws - 42
and the result of Xtina’s demo print
KAB Medway Art Group wk 2 Wendy Daws Tactile Timeline at Intra, photos Wendy Daws - 43
Our completed Collagraph plates, ready and waiting for inking up

 

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