Collagraph Printing at Home

Collagraph Printing

I love printmaking, but since having a baby, I find it increasingly difficult to make my way to the Center for Book Arts, where I do my printing on the Vandercooks they have there.  I know a lot of printmakers pull prints by hand using barens, so I thought I’d give it a go.

Collagraph Plate

First, I made a collagraph plate using letters I cut out on my Silhouette.

Then I inked it with a brayer and printing ink. I just rolled out the ink on an acrylic block that I use with my hand carved stamps.

I laid the plate on an old book page to line it up with where I wanted it to go, then carefully turned it over to burnish the back side of the paper.  I don’t have a baren, so I used a clean brayer.  I also tried a Teflon folder, which allowed me to get crisp embossing, too.

I could have used the negative from the letters as a mask so ink wouldn’t get in the negative space, but I kind of like the look.

Collagraph Print


About sappling

When God created the world, he did it in six days and rested on the seventh. I always wished there was just one more day in the week, an eighth day just for me to pursue the thoughts in my head and translate them to the physical world. There are only seven days, however, so I steal my creative moments in between being a mom and my work binding books and making boxes for clients all over New York City. I love working with my hands, learning new things, and I'm here to share those lessons with you. There are only seven days in a week. Why not eight? Guess I'll ask when I get there.
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