Collagraph and Monoprint

I love texture, and both collagraph and mono printing produce beautifully textured effects.

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Mono printing produces only visual texture, while collagraphy also creates a physically textured surface.  I often add watercolour over a monochrome printed base which enables me to contrast the hard, mechanically created print with the soft and ethereal qualities of watercolour.

Alternatively, tissue and other fine papers  can be pressed into the image during printing (a process called chine-colle).  These delicate papers help to blend and soften the printed image while adding areas of colour.  Gold leaf accents provide the finishing touches to many of my prints, especially my collagraphs.  The raised, light catching surface of the gold leaf contrasts with the dark, intaglio (sunken) marks of the print, making them appear deeper and darker by comparison.