Collograph plate prepared for image making
Collograph plate making
Collograph Prints are made from a plate just like this one. Collograph Printing plates consist of a base card or cardboard with a plethora of bits and pieces of other materials securely glued and compressed to it. It is the exact opposite of the woodblock printing method where material is taken away using carving chisels. Collographic Print making adds flowers, leaves, scraps, cloth, postage stamps, metal filings and anything else imaginable to the base board to create the raised surface for printing. You should be able to compress the items to the plate so things that might not work are Scrabble tiles and Monopoly houses as these are too bulky for a press (or printing by hand). The items are securely glued into position and a hardener, such as shellac, is applied to protect the plate and to allow for cleaning and new paint to be added when printing from the plate. The resultant collograph print produced is usually stunning.