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MMT – Pt4 – Pj2 – Ex3 – Collatype Collage Print – Part 3

I went back to simply practising and testing the collage block technique for the final 4 prints.

What worked:

  • Rubbing away the paint before making the print
  • Using collage items with a similar height
  • Using a rolling pin to emulate the pressure of a printing press

What didn’t work:

  • The quality of the final prints was murky
  • The images weren’t very interesting

It was the print made with pre-cut foam pieces that made the best quality print and I would be tempted to use foam sheets if I ever make a collage print again.

What I’ve learnt:

  • Use a sealant with good smooth coverage
  • The nicest and prettiest items don’t always make the best prints
  • Testing the print with a tracing paper rubbing is a useful test of the end result
  • Overprinting and layering how I make the best prints.

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MMT – Pt4 – Pj2 – Ex3 – Collatype Collage Print – Part 2

The collage print of the Moroccan door looked good once it had dried and I was quite eager to print with it.

How much better does the print look the right way round, I thought I might just give it one more go. I wasn’t happy with the twisted plastic bag image either. I know I should have worked from an actual photocopy of the image and cut out the separate elements and used these as templates rather than just randomly cutting out papers in a vague approximation of the actual shape.

I also hadn’t tested using Polyfilla on the collage so I added some detail with that and the silicone.

Looks okay, you wait till you see the abomination that was the print and the print from the print ( my attempt to get a print the right way round.

In the end I was satisfied with some of the earlier prints and like before I was happiest with the collage board.

Art, MMT - Part 4 - Mono and collatype printing, MMT - Pt4 - Pj2 - Ex3 - Collatype Collage Print, MMT - Pt4 - Project 2 - Collatype Printing, Textiles 1 - Mixed Media for Textiles

MMT – Pt4 – Pj2 – Ex3 – Collatype Collage Print – Part 1 – Making the board

I was away from my workroom on this day and I didn’t want to miss a days working but didn’t think it was appropriate to use polyfilla and smelly sealant in a village hall.

So I jumped ahead a bit and started working on the collage print.

As you look at my sketchbook pages please note the return of my nemesis The Reverse Print!

Building the print block

What went well:

  • I enjoyed doing the research
  • Good selection of papers and cards
  • Interesting source material

What didn’t work

  • It’s back to front
  • Composition not quite balanced between texture and detail
  • Labour intensive