Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Tutorial Try-Out: Glue Collagraph

A Mommy-Tyler Glue Collagraph Collaboration

If you read my last post, then you know that Tyler was on Spring Break last week. So, for this week's tutorial try-out (Belinda Del Pesco's Glue Collagraph Tutorial), I had a helper...

Tyler drew pictures (using a sharpie marker) on matboard that was coated with gloss varnish.  I traced his drawings using Elmer's glue, straight from the bottle.

We let the glue dry overnight, then the next day we inked our plates using a brayer and Speedball water soluble black ink. (We printed the images on 140 lb. watercolor paper.)

When I was in college, the "second pull" was always my favorite, so we were sure to create "ghost prints" too!

(This was a lot of fun, and I'll definitely be doing it again, but I think I'm going to try different glues to see if I can find one that isn't as runny.)

Did you try this tutorial?
If so, please be sure to link up below.
(I can't wait to see!)

And, be sure to read all the way to the end of the post to see what tutorial I'm trying next!

It seems I've been bitten by the printmaking bug, so next week I'll be trying out a tutorial that has been at the very top of my list ever since I saw my friend Karen creating lots and lots of beautiful gelatin prints.
Gelatin Printing Using A Homemade Block by Karen at I am Rushmore

I am very lucky to have received a super fun zine from Karen that describes how to make a gelatin block in great detail.  But, I realize that not everyone knows how to make a gelatin block, so here is a link to a site that has directions (and answers many other gelatin related questions too):
Linda Germain's Gelatin Printing

Kristin Dudish


  1. I wish I could have been there to join in the fun - looks like you both had a great time. Be sure to keep all these - when Tyler is a famous artist his early pieces will be fought for!

  2. yay for gelatin prints! and I love your collaboration with Tyler. I haven't tried the collograph yet, but it's on my list of things I want to do this week. If you do this again, try the blue Elmer's gel glue. I used it in the resist experiments and it pretty much held its shape - there was a slight widening of the lines I drew, but not a lot.

  3. Looks like you and Tyler had fun making the prints. I love how they turned out.

  4. Aileen's tacky glue would not be as runny

  5. What is Elmers glue? Is it like PVA? I'm wondering if PVA would dry flat... I could try glossy accents or maybe (going to a craft show tomorrow) see if I can pick up some gel glue...

    I love that you traced Tyler's drawings. What a great idea.


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