Feather Intaglio Ghost print 1
The results of inking up collagraph plates made a couple of weeks ago did not disappoint ! The variation in marks using different techniques was amazing
Feather collagraph plate ( post relief printing) This plate was just a feather stuck down with PVA onto a piece of card ( I did remove the quill part) with multiple layers of shellac to seal it ( the yellow colour). We first put plates through the press with just a piece of dampened paper to get an embossed image - very subtle so couldn't get a good photo but intriguing nevertheless. We then inked the plate up with a roller and relief inks and put it through the press, again with dampened paper
Feather Relief ghost printFinally we removed most but not all of the ink and then used etching inks to get intaglio prints - applying and then a lot of work to rub most of it off! Harder work putting them through the press than drypoint too as the plates are thicker . But so worth it. Below and at the top of the blog are the intaglio 'ghost' prints, total magic
Feather intaglio ghost of ghost print!
The plates themselves are works of art in their own right , particularly when they've retained some of the ink
Mudflats I Collagraph Plate post relief printing
Mudflats I relief ghost print
Mudflats I intaglio ghost print
Mudflats II collagraph plate post relief printing
With embossing, relief printing, and intaglio ( not forgetting the plate itself) get 4 different effects from 1 plate. And that's before experiment with combining techniques, different colours and play with chine colle. That's next time!