Printing from Gessobord Collagraphs


Printing from Gessobord Collagraphs


In this workshop, we will create a collagraph using 6" x 6" Ampersand Gessobords. The class will cover the various steps and tools used for the Encaustic Collagraph technique that I pioneered with a twist. Using my Wagner Collagraph White Encaustic paint, you will build a collagraph using a Gessobord as the plate rather than a traditional plexiglas plate. The advantage is that you can later turn the collagraph into a painting. 

A comprehensive demonstration will cover applying the wax and use of various encaustic techniques that I married with collagraph as well as dry point etching, mark making, incising, embossing, and the use of heated tools. An in depth overview of Akua Inks and mediums as well as wiping techniques will also be covered.

You will create the collagraph plates using my Wagner Encaustic Collagraph White on Gessobord. The next day, we begin applying ink, wiping and printing using Akua Intaglio Inks. The plates that you create in this workshop can also be saved and reused to come back and print from again and again OR, you can go on to create paintings from them too!

The Workshop includes up to two sheets of Rives BFK 250b paper, collagraph white wax, Akua Inks, wiping cloth, tissue paper and newsprint. We will be printing on a 24" x 48" Takach Etching Press. Additional paper available for purchase.

*Check payments also accepted with no fees, email for address.

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Here is a brief video of my building a collagraph using Gessobord as the plate.

Students Bring:
-6" x 6" Gessobord four pack (at all Blick stores)

-textures and fabrics for embossing into the wax
-etching needle if you have one
-stencil brushes if you have any
-any special tools or brushes you like using for printmaking or encaustic.

Techniques covered:
-encaustic heating, tools and application
-building a collagraph plate
-dry point etching
-monotype and monoprinting
-intaglio printing
-Akua Inks: overview and use
-paper soaking
-mark making in monotype
-paper registration
-setting the press
-easy clean up of inks