Bonus Creative Eco-Craft: Collagraph Printmaking

Hello and welcome back to our blog!

We hope you enjoyed our Creative Eco-Craft series for Green Week Thurrock, today we have a bonus Creative Eco-Craft to share with you which didn’t make the shortlist for the Green Week but is nonetheless super fun to make and all you will need is some cardboard from old boxes, glue, paper and paint.

What is a Collagraph?

Collagraphy is a printmaking process which involves creating a printing plate from a 3D collage of layers, which was introduced in 1955 by Glen Alps. The word ‘collagraph’ is derived from the Greek ‘koll’ or ‘kolla’, meaning glue, and ‘graph’, meaning the activity of drawing.

Collagraphy is a form of relief printing that allows artists to create interesting marks and tonal effects by layering a variety of different materials and textures; anything from lace to leaves, fabrics, cardboard, wool and much more. Due to their delicate nature collagraph prints are often monoprints or printed in short, varied editions.

You will need:

  • A flat rigid sheet of material to use as the base of the collagraph, this could be card from a cereal packet, an offcut of wood or an old sturdy file divider
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Any materials you have to hand, mixing together a range of textures can create a really interesting print. Some examples are corrugated card from cardboard boxes, tissues boxes, bubble wrap, string or wool, or you could create a nature collagraph using twigs, leaves and flowers
  • Paint or ink
  • A paintbrush, roller or sponge
  • A paint palette or empty plastic tray

How to make a Collagraph

1. Cut out a flat shape to use as a base for your collagraph.

2. If you have a design in mind sketch it out onto the base, don’t worry if you don’t know what you want to create yet, that’s part of the fun of the process! We both created ours just by cutting out shapes mixing them up and seeing what we could create.

3. Cut out shapes from your materials and glue them onto the collagraph base to create a design.

4. When you think you are finished with your collagraph leave it to dry, we left ours to dry for about a day, but they should be fine to print with after an hour or two depending on the type of glue you have used.

5. Squirt some paint or ink onto your palette, and using a brush apply it to your collagraph, and press onto your paper to create your unique collagraph print!

Tip: You’ll want to do this step quite quickly so that the paint doesn’t dry onto the collagraph before you’ve managed to print it, so if you are wanting to use multiple colours it’s best to limit it to only a couple, or you can always print the first colour before reapplying the next one.

We hope you enjoyed crafting along with us today

Please share your makes with us on social media using #CraftingWithCeceLuna or alternatively email your photos to greenweekthurrock@ceceluna.co.uk for a chance to be featured in our online gallery.

Stay tuned for our next craft and happy crafting! From the team at Cece Luna x

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