C A R B O R U N D U M

Carborundum is a powder made of very hard,
fine abrasive stone and is used to impart a fine
grain or tooth to glass, a printing plate or
lithostone. Modern Artists such as Juan Miro,
found that by painting on metal or cardboard or
even plexi-glass in a gestural manner, with a
liquid adhesive such as polymer glue or shellac-
fine ground carborundum pow
der could then be
dusted over the still wet adhesives and allowed to
dry. Once the surface is inked, much like an
etching or aquatint, the tooth created by the
pow
dered carborundum naturally grabs the ink
within the textured crevices where it has been
applied. When printed on an etching press, the
deep rich tones from carborundum, create an
embossed quality especially when heavier grade
paper is used. This technique works really well
with collagraph or any large open areas an artist
might want to build up. C
arborundum plates
naturally take more energy and longer to wipe
down during the inking, but color inks really look
good when incorporated into the design.
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