A collagraph is a print made from a collage of textured materials.

Cardboard, string, leaves, tape, sandpaper, seeds, fabric and so on are glued to a flat surface to make a printing plate. Texture can be added with decorator’s filler and cuts, scores or tears made into the plate.

The collagraph plate is inked using intaglio or relief printing techniques and then printed onto damp paper with an etching press. The different materials absorb and release ink in different ways to make exciting and often surprising prints.

Read our Beginner’s Guide to Collagraphs for more information and take a look at the examples of collagraph prints made at Slamseys. Our Pinterest board has even more inspiration for making collagraph prints.