Collagraph: Printing Without a Press
Intermediate | 32 min 26 sec
Collagraph: Printing Without a Press
Collagraphy is a printmaking process in which textured materials are collaged onto a rigid printing plate. When ink is applied to various textures, you'll see an array of interesting tones and shapes on your prints. You can make your own collagraphs out of items you find around the house. Book artist and printmaker Sarah Matthews shows you how to make different plates using cardboard, hot glue, craft foam, and string. Then you'll learn Sarah's monoprinting technique with a brayer and Gelli plate to create beautiful prints and unique papers with your handmade stamps. This class is great for beginners and kids, and you'll start looking at everything in your house as potential material for future collagraphs.
Here’s what you’ll need:
  • Ruler
  • String
  • Strathmore Bristol
  • Gelli plate
  • Two brayers
  • Utility knife
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Paper coasters
  • Foam sheets with adhesive backing
  • Block printing ink in at least three colors plus black and white
  • VersaFine Clair ink pad in Nocturne
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • A variety of papers for printing
Learn how to:
  • Make unique stamps using materials like cardboard, string, foam sheets, and hot glue
  • Make prints with block printing ink and a brayer
  • Creatively use leftover printing ink

What you'll get:
  • Video lessons on how to make a collagraph print
  • 6 HD video lessons you can access online anytime, anywhere
  • Detailed supplies list 
  • Step-by-step expert instruction from artist Sarah Matthews
  • The ability to leave comments, ask questions, and interact with other students
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Class Reviews
189 users recommended this class to a friend
Sorcha Ui Chonnachtaigh
Sarah explains everything so well and fosters an experimental approach - great stuff!
March 1, 2023
Denise Gregorio
Sarah Matthews made beautiful and easy ways to create art. Her techniques were interesting and very doable.
February 2, 2023
Nancy Niggel
Can't wait to try this. Looks like fun and easy to get great results.
January 29, 2023