Getting somewhere with collagraph

Another collagraphed landscape, and I’m at last getting somewhere that I want to be.

Landscape collagraph
Approx A4.

Except it isn’t really collagraph: there wasn’t any sticking. It’s printed from strips of foamboard, which has two useful features: the smooth surface makes it easier to print flat even colours; and when you bend it, it creases, breaking up the surface and creating unpredictable textures.

More collagraph landscape

This is another landscape, made from string and card and tape and paper, printed in white and black inks onto brown kraft paper, and then the sun stencilled on.

Landscape collagraph
Approx A4.

Perhaps collagraph is starting make sense now.

Collagraphed landscape

Still fighting to get collagraph to “work”. I managed to stick enough paper and string and card and foil and even leaves to a couple of backing boards to make a landscape.

I experimented with printing the first board in white ink onto coloured paper, the second board in black, and then stencilling a circle for the sun.

Landscape collagraph

It’s difficult to get enough ink onto the uneven surface of the collagraph plate; you can see how the density increases with successive prints, but it’s possible to have some control over this with careful burnishing.

Landscape collagraph

Landscape collagraph

Landscape collagraph

All: Collagraph on paper, A5.

Tractor collagraph

Struggling with collagraph. At last, I managed to make this image by printing individual textures separately.

Tractor collagraph
Tractor, A3

For example, the furrows of the ploughed field are printed from corrugated card; the clouds with a kitchen sponge; and the trees with, appropriately, leaves.