Thursday, December 15, 2011

Collogrpahs

A collograph is a simple printmaking process that is fun to use with children and is an easy way to make sheets of wrapping paper, cards or a piece of art to hang on the wall. You start by cutting out shapes from different materials. I used a sheet of craft foam, a paper that has the texture of corrugated cardboard and a leftover roll of the material that is used to line drawers in your bathroom. All of the materials should be about the same thickness. After cutting out a variety of shapes I glued them to a sheet of cardboard as if I were making a collage. I rolled printmaking ink onto the surface using a brayer once the glue had dried. It's also possible to use a brush and acrylic paint. In this particular print I overlapped the images and used three different colors to add dimension.

9 comments:

  1. This is just lovely, saw you over at Craftgawker and now feel a sudden need to go down to my art room and have a go at this.

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  2. They are quite addictive. Have fun!

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  3. Pretty interesting. I love how you used found items for the prints. Clever! Thanks for posting!

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  4. nice work love how you used monotone colours

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  5. Thanks for showing this, it's such a lovely idea. I'm definitely going to have a go!

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  6. Love this project! Where do you buy the corrugated paper? I looked online and can't find it....

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  7. I'm sorry, I just noticed your comment. The corrugated paper was given to me by an art teacher. She got it from a printing company that was getting rid of overstock. I'm not even sure what it was used for. However, if you peel the top layer off of corrugated cardboard, you are left with the same striped texture.

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  8. Did you rotate the plate 90 degrees every time you printed with a different color of ink?

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  9. Did you rotate the plate 90 degrees every time you printed with a different color of ink?

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