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Printmaking Taster Workshop: Collagraph

Course Times & Enrolment

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Course Summary

Collagraph printmaking is a process by which materials are applied and glued to a surface creating various textures which is then inked, and a print taken.

Learn how to create experimental intaglio prints through an introduction to Collagraph printmaking. This card-based process is used to create rich surface textures and a deep velvet tone. The workshop will use an etching press to explore the creative possibilities of this process using both monochrome and colour techniques.

Course Details

Pre-requisites for enrolment

No previous knowledge required.

Special Information

Materials and equipment provided for students as part of the course and included in course fee:

  • Printing press

  • Zinc plate or acetate acrylic sheet

  • Rollers for inking

  • Etching inks

  • Carborundum powder

  • Acrylic varnish

  • Mountboard or architectural board

  • Southbank economy printmaking paper (rough) or similar

  • Cartridge paper

  • Newsprint

  • Tissue paper

  • Indelible marker pen

  • Small watercolour brushes

  • Scalpel blades or similar

  • Pencils

  • Cotton buds

  • Liquid detergent

Essential materials and equipment students will need to provide themselves:

  • An apron or an old shirt

Content of Course

Students will gain an understanding of collagraph as a means of exploring and developing new visual ideas. In support of studio activities, students will be introduced to a selection of artists to the medium.

The contents of the workshop will cover:

1. Collagraph printmaking in context, exploring contemporary and historical examples of the medium.

2. Preparation of a collagraph card plate using a scalpel and other tools.

3. Application of materials including ‘Carborundum’ powder.

4. Application of printing ink to produce a range of printed outcomes.

5. Application of colour through ‘a la poupée’ and ‘viscosity’ technique.

6. The use of paper stencils to create positive and negative colour sections.

7. The function and application of print workshop tools and machinery.

8. Health and safety considerations appropriate to print workshop activities.

9. A review of work completed work and a discussion of possible next steps.

Teaching method(s)

The workshop will commence with a slide show relevant to the workshop highlighting contemporary and historical examples of collagraph. This will be followed by a practical workshop commencing with technical demonstrations followed by an intensive workshop experience under tutorial supervision as follows:

The tutor will give an introductory slide presentation highlighting contemporary and historical examples of the collagraph processes by a selection of artists.

The tutor will demonstrate how to create a collagraph image using a scalpel and other intaglio tools on card.

The tutor will demonstrate the inking and wiping of a collagraph plate in readiness for print making. This will include a demonstration of ‘a la poupée’ and ‘viscosity’ technique plus the use of paper stencils.

The tutor will demonstrate how to “pull” a print using paper and a printing press.

Students will then proceed to produce their own collagraph under supervision by the tutor.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this taster course, students should be able to:

  • Apply collagraph processes to create a range of intaglio and relief prints;

  • Use printmaking as a creative and experimental visual medium;

  • Use a selection of printmaking tools, inks and machinery with confidence;

  • Understand health and safety issues and safe working practices within a print workshop. 


Web Sources

Class Handouts

Technical sheet: Collagraph and Carborundum ‘QuickStart Guide’.


If you have questions regarding the course or enrolment, please contact COL Reception at Paterson's Land by email or by phone 0131 650 4400.

Student support

If you have a disability, learning difficulty or health condition which may affect your studies, please let us know by ticking the 'specific support needs' box on your course application form. This will allow us to make appropriate adjustments in advance and in accordance with your rights under the Equality Act 2010. For more information please visit the Student Support section of our website.