Collagraph print of a buddha meditating
Each collagraph plate is made up of mountboard, tape, glue and sometimes carborundum. I then scratch and cut away pieces of the mountboard until I have the image I want. I mix up ink for each printing session then ink up each plate by hand with sticky ink. Then the ink is wiped back so it only remains in the scratched lines and the cut away board adding colour by a technique known as a la poupee. The plate is then put onto a printing press and pulled through with dampened paper on top. This whole inking up process has to be repeated for each print thereafter which is why prints can vary a little in colour making each print unique and original which I feel is all part of their charm.
tape mountboard ink paper