The word for this modern technique of creating a
matrix comes from “collage” and “graphic”- because
a collagraph plate is made similar to building a
collage, the only difference being that it is designed
to be inked and printed on an etching press. A
collagraph can be very organic and may have a
different feel visually, when compared with other
traditional techniques. Textured surfaces produce
unusual effects, somewhat like a rubbing and even
painterly effects can be achieved with little effort.

The medium of collage, naturally conjures up the
idea of gluing down assembled materials, such as
scrap paper, chipboard, string, sandpaper, fabrics,
etc. A collagraph plate can consist of cardboard,
metal, or plastic
- any flat materials or found objects
can be adhered onto
it, and then sealed over with a
sealer such as gesso, shellac or gel-medium. Thin
layers of paper or glues
- once dry, will yield
surprising results. It can then be printed both with a
roller in relief or printed in intaglio using a press.

The base plate, which everything is mounted onto
does not have to be a square or a rectangle. It is
often any shape or form pleasing to the artist. To
grasp the full potential of making a collagraph it is
best to think of the matrix as a kind of low relief
sculpture, flat enough to ink and pull prints.
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