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A collagraph print made using combed cement

Combed cement printing plates

If you think ‘combs’ and ‘cement’ sound odd together, this post should help to change your mind. Combed cement creates a range of strong textures which are very effective in collagraph printing plates.

You can approach this technique in various ways; speedy and dynamic, geometric and measured, or slow, flowing and meditative. There is a combed cement technique for all temperaments!

 

Create a comb collection

Assorted combs for cement

Assorted combs for cement

Combs are wonderful tools for Continue reading

carborundum paint

Carborundum paint printing plates

Making plates with carborundum paint is a technique beloved by many printmakers, and once you have tried it you will understand why.

It is a lovely, free painterly technique and you can work quite fast if that suits you. The marks can be very expressive, and the prints often look like a lithograph or even Continue reading

shellac flakes in meths

What is Shellac?

Nowadays the shellac you come across is usually in a nail bar. Here we are looking at a different material – the original shellac. Find out why this is a really useful varnish and sealant for printmakers, particularly when making collagraph plates.

shellac flakes

golden shellac flakes

Shellac is a natural resin secreted by lac beetles living on trees in India. It recorded use dates back over 3000 years, and it was used for a multitude of purposes until the invention of plastic mostly replaced it.

Nowadays it is used in wood finishes, you may know it as French polish, knotting or Continue reading

viscosity print from the ants nest plate

Print from an ants nest

paving stone with ants nest

paving stone with ants nest

The urgent need to print can strike at any time: I was getting stuck into some serious gardening and started to move a stack of concrete paving slabs, which had been leaning up vertically for some time.

Between two slabs I discovered a wonderful Continue reading