Tutor: Natalie Eldred
Provided: Collagraph plates, glues, varnishes, tools and a selection of collage materials are provided. Also printing inks, papers etc.
Collagraphy is the art of making prints from cardboard. Thin and flexible found materials and various types of paper & card can be used to collage a surface to achieve both figurative or abstract effects. The surface of the cardboard ‘plate’ can also be stripped away to reveal areas of texture and materials such as carborundum added to achieve a depth and richness with this semi-permanent method of printing. The finished plates can be printed using either intaglio or relief methods, monochrome or colour inks.
Collagraphy is a versatile and accessible method of making prints and although not necessarily easy to master – it can be an excellent jumping-off point from which to dive into printmaking more generally, or a way to challenge yourself as an image maker or more experienced printmaker.
In this one day course, we will look at the basics of plate construction and treatment. You will collaboratively print an initial exploratory plate using both relief and intaglio, which will give you an initial insight into the technique. You will then work on creating a plate of your own, working from a choice of provided source material and natural forms. Feel free to bring your own sketchbooks and photos but there won’t be time to create complex images such as portraits etc. Landscape imagery or abstract ideas will be best suited.
You will make a small number of prints from the plate you produce and learn how to print using both intaglio and relief methods. If you would like to further extend your work in collagraph, then please consider attending the Collagraph Improvers course.
The tutor, Natalie is an experienced printmaker, artist and illustrator with extensive experience in using carboard and found materials to make printed images.
Cost for the day is £75/£60 inclusive of all materials.