How to Make a Collagraph Print (with Mat Board – Line Style) without a Press

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  1. This isn't a collograph/collagraph. This is a block print or intaglio print. I'm not trying to bash you, and I appreciate that you exerted the effort to create this video and you actually presented a new and inexpensive method for creating a block print. One caveat, the Mat board will not create a very long lasting block to print from. You may only get a few prints from it before it's dead. I would personally reccomend something sturdier, its heartbreaking to exert all that effort and not be able to use it many times. I only point this out because I am a self taught print maker and there are so many process with so many complicated names and words to learn, that it can be so easy to newcomers to get confused and lost.

  2. I love your video and clear instructions. 
    Have you experimented with rice paper for the printing surface? Thank you!

  3. I'm blessed to currently have access to an etching/intaglio press at as a University staff member in a non-art department, the art prof's love the outside interest I guess. But, the cost of metal plates for a lot of techniques is an inhibitor. I'm really excited by what you are doing with with less expensive materials like drafting film and mat boards and plexiglas.

  4. This has been the most frustrating project I have done so far in printmaking! I bought all of the recommended ink, varnish, board, plate wipe, mag mix, etc. and it still won't print correctly. There is evidence of ink in the engraved areas and it won't transfer to the paper. I have used thin damp paper and rubbing it to the point of it ripping it when going over it with a spoon, even with another sheet over it. Very frustrated!

  5. You should make subtitles for idiot french people like me or for foreigners that don't understand english very clear ; )

  6. Great video! I couldn't wait to try it. Carved out my plate, followed the directions, used Akua ink and Mulberry paper (and some others), but NO luck. None of the lines transferred, though there were some white lines among the ink haze. Very frustrated and puzzled about what I did wrong. And I have no idea what to do differently so I am hesitant to try again.. Could you add some troubleshooting info to this video? Thanks for this great video, anyway. 🙂

  7. I really, really enjoyed watching these clear concise tutorials. You have an excellent way of making art techniques more accessible to the hobbyist and demonstrating how things work well (by also demonstrating what happens when they don't – great visual aids!). Thank you for your time on this.

  8. My friend and I are having a printing play day in my workshop on Wednesday, trying out your method and one or two other things too….. well that is the plan. Wish us luck.

  9. Belinda, did you add watercolor to this final print at the end. I've tried with the same paper and watercolor bled and softened up the paper so much it started to peel at the surface. I assume the watercolored version of this collagraph was on different paper(?)

  10. I did a workshop and I thought I had to have a press to make a collagraph. The workshop was great, but I'm looking forward to trying your method – that is awesome!!

  11. Great video Belinda. I was thinking about hot press illustration board for the plate (front side). It's pretty smooth but also has a slick surface. Do you think that would work?

  12. Can I ask why you coat the plate before you cut it? Could't you just cut it, then coat it? Thanks for the videos, very informative and useful stuff.

  13. I tried this many times and I never had black ink lines develop on the paper. They were always white and I really laid on the black ink.Too bad this did not work.

  14. Hi Belinda – Enjoying your tutorials. Can you also use woodcarving (linocut) tools to create these prints?

  15. love your art Belinda. Question though; I thought Colligraphs involved adding cut out materials, or found objects to the "plate" or "block" by glueing. Love the result of this print. Really nice. So cool.

  16. Such a billiant tutorial Belinda – thank you! Your technique is very accessible, and your artwork is gorgeous 🙂

  17. Is a mat board what we call mountboard in the UK, as when I input mat board into either ebay or amazon what shows up is a cutting mat?

  18. Hi Belinda! Thanks so much for sharing your processes! Is there a specific type of felt you use to make your daubers, or will any felt work? I am thinking about getting craft felt from Michaels to make my own daubers, but I'm curious if there's a higher quality felt that would work better. Thanks!

  19. Hi, thanks for this demonstration. I have a question about cleaning up the plate between printings. I rinse with water and soap and use a soft toothbrush to lightly clean the ink from the deeper areas. This tends to make the acrylic coating whiten and loosen and it's hard to get more than two or three prints from the plate without recoating with the gel. How do you clean your plates between prints? And, have you ever tried a spray shellac or lacquer to seal a plate?

    Thanks very much for your insight, and thanks again for your very informative videos. I've learned a lot from them.

  20. Thank you. Very good demo that took me in the direction I was wanting to explore but wasn't seeing a lot of instruction on. Very cool demo.

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