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Sealing printing plates is necessary if there is any pva not eh plate; without sealing the glue will re-wet in the press and stick to the damp printing paper.

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

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

pva brush stroke with carborundum

Making printing plates with carborundum powder

This is an exciting technique creating lovely rich tones with expressive brush strokes, and dynamic splashes.
Carborundum powder is a fine abrasive, also known as silicon carbide. You can also use emery Continue reading

silicon-carbide-crystals

What is Carborundum?

Stardust from outer space!

Carborundum is a form of stardust originating outside the solar system.

carborundum in its 'natural' form

carborundum in its ‘natural’ form

It was discovered in a meteorite that landed in Arizona.

Because of its interstellar origins it is very rare and only minute amounts of Continue reading