By helenmaxfield, Apr 23 2019 12:55PM

A sidestep from linocut and an opportunity to expand my printmaking repertoire, I joined Carl Borges at Gainsborough's House Print Workshop to learn how to create collagraphs. Collagraph is a happy combination of both the intaglio method (where ink is pushed into fine creviced lines) and the relief method (where ink is applied to the raised areas of a plate). It involves sticking different textured papers onto a board and then coating in varnish. Then inking up firstly as an intaglio with scrim and secondly as a relief with a brayer...all in one pass - no registration required!


I'd like to add an element of collagraph to my work in the future. Not only does it give an entirely different effect to anything I've done in lino, but it's really fun and has made me look at the paper in my children's craft box and our household rubbish, in an entirely new light!

By helenmaxfield, Apr 1 2019 02:24PM



I've had a website now for many years and the 'blog' tab has always remained unfurnished...until now! I have lots of interesting things going on this year; many of which are listed on the 'Exhibitions and events' tab. But I thought it would be good to offer a peek behind-the-scenes: the design work, the work-in-progress shots and also to answer some of the common questions I get asked about printmaking at fairs and during my workshops. The print I'm working on now is top-secret for the moment, but I've got lots more besides to report! So for this week...here is a black and white print I made along with accompanying sketch. It's from Snape Marshes, a short walk from the Maltings.



Snape Marshes towards Iken Church
Snape Marshes towards Iken Church
Sketch for Snape Marshes, towards Iken Church
Sketch for Snape Marshes, towards Iken Church



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