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Gesso is a thick paste, usually used for preparing canvas for painting. It makes nice textures on collagraph plates and can help to fill deep gaps in your plates. If you haven’t got any gesso try household emulsion paint instead.

Collagraph print with added toner foil

Gilding with Acrylic Gels and Toner Foil

This post takes one of my recent experiments, gilding a laser print with toner foil and asks the question ‘what else could toner foil do?

The previous post covers the technique in more detail, but the principle is that toner foil reacts with toner ink in a laminator and turns the basic black ink to glittering gold.

As if this wasn’t exciting enough, let me take you on a magical tour of gilding with Continue reading

Crackle texture collagraph print

Create crackle texture collagraph plates

If you like textures in printmaking you will love crackle texture. You will have seen this effect on Japanese ceramics and old paintings, it is often used to give the impression of age on painted furniture and ‘vintage’ ornaments.

Crackle texture suggests many associations….

Collagraph print with crackle texture

Collagraph print with crackle texture

Drought, desert, geological formations, rock forms, ageing, the effects of time and heat…. Continue reading