These collographs have been made on card, with the addition of paper, sandpaper, carborundum and glue to create the images. Collography is a cheap and simple way of creating a plate for printing. Any kind of ‘found objects’ can be used and glued to the surface of the plate, as long as they are not too prominent (otherwise they can tear the paper as it goes through the press). One of the attractions of collographs is that they can create unexpected effects, as the ink settles into different parts of the uneven plate. If the plate is not inked at all, but taken through the press in the normal way, they can also create beautiful ‘blind’ embossed effects on paper. Viscosity inking (where inks of varying composition are rolled across the plate) is also very effective with collographs.

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