Carborundum Collagraphs: Creating collagraph plates from digital images
Instructor: Trish Meyer
Class dates: Saturday & Sunday, August 21-22, 2021
Class time: 10 AM – 5 PM, includes lunch break
Class fee: $245 + tax, includes all printing materials and one large paper (divided in quarters.) Additional paper may be purchased.
In this innovative workshop, you’ll learn how to use digital images or drawings on polyester film to create a carborundum collagraph. This vastly expands the creative possibilities for carborundum printmaking, in which plates are normally created by painting with acrylic medium and adding carborundum grit.
This technique uses a light-sensitive film adhered to screenprinting mesh (often referred to as “EZ film”). This film is exposed to a positive transparency in a light exposure unit, and any unexposed film is washed out with water. To make the plate, Akua’s Carborundum Gel is pushed through the holes in the exposed mesh onto clear acrylic. Plates are inked up with Akua Intaglio or other suitable ink, and printed on an etching press on dampened paper.
To see this process in action, watch Akua’s video on YouTube and focus on the section titled “Making the Plate” (starts at 1:50):
Your instructor, Trish Meyer, is an experimental artist, printmaker and calligrapher with a background in graphic design. Visit her website at trishmeyer.com.
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