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Mount board is heavy card used for window mounting art work. It has a smooth surface and a rough inner core which is useful for making collagraph printing plates.

embossed printing plate made from wire mesh

Embossed Aluminium Printing Plates

Aluminium tape is such a wonderfully versatile material for printing plates. The previous post described making plates with raised textures by encapsulating things underneath the tape. This one explains how to make embossed plates by pressing textures into the tape.

Embossed plate made with wire mesh

Embossed plate made with wire mesh

The soft aluminium surface will take beautiful Continue reading

Ginkgo sequence

Printing Plates from Aluminium Tape

When I first discovered aluminium tape I thought it would be useful, I soon realised that it is indispensable!

This post is for all tape fanatics  – if you haven’t used aluminium tape yet, you are in for a treat.

Aluminium tape has a lot of potential, so to start with Continue reading

Lucky dip of coloured papers

Scrapstores for surprising supplies

What are Scrapstores?

Scrapstores are a wonderful source of inspirational materials for experimental printmakers.

Most  Scrapstores run as charities, and the purpose is to provide low-cost materials for creative play, crafts, and community projects.

All sorts of foam

All sorts of foam

They collect clean waste from local industries, and also 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