Creating a Collagraph

I spent a week with Linda Kristin Blix at the Haliburton School of the Arts in the summer of 2015 and joined her course at Arts at the Albion in Gravenhurst that fall. Linda is a fabulous teacher. One of the processes we studied was making a Collagraph. A Collagraph is a print made from a specially constructed plate that has been produced in a collage manner, resulting in high and low surfaces which hold the ink differently during printing. Here are a few photos of this process. You can find Linda, her work and her classes on her website.
I cut out thin sheets of foam and glued them in layers to create a printing plate in foam.
I cut out thin sheets of foam and glued them in layers to create a printing plate in foam.
After finishing my foam plate, I inked it in a few colours, layered it with black paper and rubbed like crazy with a wooden spoon to transfer the ink.
After finishing my foam plate, I inked it in a few colours, layered it with black paper and rubbed like crazy with a wooden spoon to transfer the ink.
A relaxed image of a poppy garden. Ink on paper. There's only one - so it's a monoprint!
A relaxed image of a poppy garden.  Collagraph. There's only one - so it's a monoprint!