Printing A Collagraph Plate

Printing A Collagraph Plate

I’ve varnished my collagraph plates, and when they are dry, I paint them with acrylic paints and press wet paper on them to record the image of the plate. Take six complete Basic Printmaking lessons at Free Online Art!


  1. Thanks for this, Lois. I had never heard of this technique before and enjoyed watching the process and the result. Keep on creating! ☺️

  2. More questions: Wouldn't it have been better to use a felt or a towel rather than the second piece of paper, and to use a brayer for the pressure? When you were using your fingers, I could see the paper shifting all over the place, so your print was bound to be smeary. 

  3. Ok… but maybe if you clean a plate before printing… I think it has much tint. But a technic is good. congratulations…
    (sorry for my language, i'm not speak english and I try not use google translator) ;)

  4. Amateurish at best. This is not a collagraph and gives the technique a bad name. I teach art as well, and my students would never produce such a mess of a  blop of brown. The simple rules of using the colour wheel and the usage of primer colours might help, but nothing will help with the above method shown. Sorry…

  5. wow, interesting! it's so great to see random images and shapes, i think it makes art more natural and beautiful

  6. It is sad when a person thinks they own a technique. Creativity is an open process, not to be governed or controlled by myopic attitudes towards color, process, etc. I have taught this collagraph lesson to many students who have successfully learned how the printing process works and have gone on to etching, woodblock, etc. Shit brown? It could be sienna, umber–hello….

  7. If it had been produced by 4 year old jimmy, I would have said " that's lovely dear" & stuck in on the fridge door. While I'm all for experimentation & 'free form' , there appears be little consideration in your approach. You (appear to) mix red yellow & blue on your plate, which even the most amateur artist knows crates a colour commonly called 'shit brown'. Your paper is creased& torn through your transferral 'technique'. Need I go on? As I said, appalling.

  8. I find dipping the paper or leaving it in a tray with water and then towel drying it works best. for bigger paper sizes a water spray bottle works too. btw you could use a spoon( spoon rubbing) to press down for printing the image.hands work too .this is however I great way if resources are limited.

  9. I noticed that you didnt cover it entirely in foil. I suppose you could do both and print with acrylics. However I do find that covering your plate in foil and then either using water based printmaking ink or water colours painted onto the surface produce interesting results.

  10. I don't resent negative comments and actually, these techniques for printing are pretty basic. LIke all art disciplines, there are followers that are pretty much into their own methods and then others who are interested in research and development. Thanks for your comment!

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