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Untitled 262 by Crussol12 Untitled 262 by Crussol12
Untitled 262 (Conduit series ?) =  Collagraph with ink. Stonehenge paper. 11 x 15 inches
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ebbing-gale Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Simple and strong. Now explain collagraph please.
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Crussol12 Featured By Owner Edited Nov 17, 2015  Hobbyist
Collagraph.  I'm guessing there are any number of variations on the definition, not to mention the process, but here's how I see it:

A collagraph is essentially making a collage that you ink -- intaglio or/and relief roll -- and print.
Often the collage is built on simple mat board but in this particular case I worked on a piece of sintra which is some sort of plastic used in the sign-making business I think.  Even wiped, the sintra leaves a nice "plate tone". The vertical stripe is a piece of highly textured, self-adhesive tread tape fixed on top of the sintra. The horizontal lines were drawn on the print (not the plate) I used a toothbrush to work the ink down in the tread texture before wiping.

The collage can be made of just about anything -- paper, textured and otherwise, doilies, fabric, tapes of many kinds, netting, screen, leaves, etc. I just did one with medium grit sandpaper that did not turn out so well -- almost impossible to wipe even under the foil. (see below)  A while back I was experimenting with wall repair tape that's the self-adhesive fiberglass grid stuff.

Many people just ink and print right off the collage after coating it with shellac or something but I've been taught another way which is to cover the finished collage with aluminum foil, fixed with spray adhesive and then run through the press.  It provides great detail and a different surface for inking.

This is another collagraph on sintra. You can see the masking tape texture at either end. The lighter texture is from a self-adhesive metal tape used in duct work. I folded and unfolded it a bunch before putting it on the plate.  Plate was inked, wiped and printed. It is not covered with foil. Again, the lines are drawn on the print.

Untitled 243 by Crussol12

Just for fun, I went through the trash and found pieces from the sandpaper plate I mentioned above. This plate was covered with foil. The dark band at the top is from the sandpaper. The other layers are from textured paper and thin card stock.

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Thanks for asking. Hope this all makes sense.
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ebbing-gale Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
How much fun that must be. You are getting really nice effects and that piece you rescued from the trash I don't think it belongs in the trash. You are lucky you have access to the press. It does all make sense and thanks for explaining for me.
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Crussol12 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2015  Hobbyist
It is fun.  And I am lucky. Of course, if I'm not taking a class my luck costs me $25.00 a day.

Didn't you do some printmaking somewhere along the line?
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ebbing-gale Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Well I can think of worse ways to spend the 25. I never did do any printmaking, closest I came was buying a block to carve out. I still have it of course but never did carve it. Hey did you guys leave the trikes in Paris or bring them, just curious.
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Crussol12 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2015  Hobbyist
Yes. And if I want to go monthly, there's a rental place that I can do for $95.00 a month. Out at where I take classes and am now cleared to rent it's either $150.00 a month or the $25.00 a day.

We did bring the trikes but we haven't even taken off the packing material. Seattle is way too hilly for our skill level. I saw one guy riding a trike up a very moderate hill -- he was moving up but he was having to work really hard.  Maybe we should have gotten the electric models. But that's no fun.
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