Behind the curtain

These images are glimpses into what goes on during the (often messy) printmaking process. The finished result for most of these pieces can be found in the shop.

For more information about the methods I use please see this printmaking guide.

cutting a collagraph plate

Chichen Itza

Contructing a collagraph plate

inking a collagraph

Chichen Itza

Inking up a collagraph plate

an inked plate

Chichen Itza

An inked collagraph plate ready to go through the press.

printing a collagraph

Chichen Itza

Pulling the first proof of a collagraph print.

printing a collagraph

Ammonites III

Pulling a collagraph print.

a collagraph plate inked up

Barn Owl

A collagraph plate inked and wiped and ready for printing.

an inked collagraph plate

Fountains Abbey

A collagraph plate inked in multiple colours, ready to be passed through the press.

an inked collagraph plate

Fox

Another collagraph monoprint inked and wiped, ready for printing.

wiping a plate

Velvet Ears

Wiping the ink on a collagraph plate to create details.

pulling a collagraph print

Joy

Pulling a collagraph print.

pulling a print

Fountains Abbey

Pulling a collagraph print.

inking a collagraph plate

Robin Nest

Adding ink to a collagraph plate.

making a collagraph plate

Four Seasons Series

Starting to construct a collagraph plate.

cutting a collagraph plate

Four Seasons series

Cutting out a collagraph plate.

repairing a collagraph plate

Four Seasons series

Making running repairs to a collagraph plate. They are often very fragile and can produce only a few impressions.

stages of making a collagraph

Four Seasons series

Some stages in inking up a collagraph plate.

carving a linoprint

Shadow Cat

Carving a piece of Japanese vinyl for a linocut.

rolling ink

Shadow Cat

Rolling ink for a linoprint.

collagraph plate

Whitby Abbey

Close up detail of a collagraph plate.

completed collagraph plate

Whitby Abbey

A collagraph plate sealed with shellac and ready for inking.