Friday, September 26, 2014

How to Make Collagraph Prints Look 3-D

Using a background board, foam, textured paper, and printmaking supplies you can create prints with a 3-D effect. After introducing my 2nd graders to Henri Matisse's later work in which his assistants painted paper that he cut and collaged, they applied the same collage principles to create their own low-relief printing plate. (I tend to call all printing plates stamps with my younger students.)

To make your own printing plate or stamp simply
cut and glue foam, textured paper, and any other items of the same thickness. When you are satisfied with your design apply mod podge or matte medium over entire plate and allow it to dry.


Cut, arranged, glued, mod podged printing plate ready for action

1. Squeeze out a line of ink

2. Roll the ink evenly with a brayer

3. Roll ink onto your printing plate

4. Press your inky plate onto your paper using a baren

5. Flip everything over to press from the other side

6. Check out your first print

7. Add white to tint your first color of ink

8. Roll your ink to mix it

9. Roll your light color onto your printing plate

10. Make sure your plate and print are arranged like mirror images

11. Print a second time slightly off center from your first print

One of my examples

This student did a great job using a variety of shapes and textures

I love the open oval in the top right shape

What printmaking experiences have your kids had? Are there any other artist connections I could make with this project? Leave a Google+ comment or send an email!

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