Collagraph hand-pulled printing is an exciting, very raw mark marking form of hand-pulled printing. The design is created and transferred to mountboard via tracing paper. Textured papers, polyfiller, carborundum, melted plastics, organic materials etc. are adhered to the surface. The plate is sealed and when dry, loaded with ink, burnished back, damp paper is laid on top and the plate is pulled through a traditional press. When the printed image is dry, I take the image on a further journey by applying delicate gold leaf applied in the traditional way (excess carefully collected) and crackle layers painted on top. When dry, these crackle layers have pure oil paint rubbed into the cracks and the excess is wiped away. Collagraph is an extraordinary form of hand pulled printing with so many different effects created using different materials adhered to the plate, different ways of inking up mounting, multiple plates into the single image and, in my case, hand embellishing.
Kim is the author of ‘Collagraph – a journey through texture’ & ‘All cracked up’