Chine colle

Chine colle is an interesting and versatile technique for introducing texture. Here a plate is inked in the conventional way, or by ‘dolly’ inking and then tissue or other thin paper is applied to the image. In effect the paper is glued to the paper (with PVA) as the plate goes through the etching press (important to apply the glue to the correct side of the paper or the tissue sticks to the plate!). It is possible to create colourful and complex images with chine colle.

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