The word collagraph refers to a collage of materials glued on to a ‘printing plate’, this is usual a piece of mount or cardboard.
Laura works by firstly sketching her reversed design onto a piece of mount board. The image is then cut into the plate, and built up using a variety of materials, such as paper, seeds and plants. Laura works to a multiple plate method, which means she uses more than one plate to create a print.
The plate is then varnished with button polish. Then oil based etching inks are rubbed onto and the buffed off the plate. This process helps the inks get into all the nooks and crannies of the plate, buffing helps remove an excess ink, excess ink will bleed and ruin the print. It is then passed through an etching press under a damped piece of paper or fabric.
It can take several attempts to get the plate inked in the right way. Each print varies as it is impossible to get the ink on in the same way every time and the board its physical altered every time it goes through the press.
It is labour intensive but it what makes each one unique, they are originals not computer reproductions.
Mono type is a broad term used to describe a form of printmaking that’s like a printed painting. Unlike other techniques where you can make multiple originals, mono types are just that ‘one-offs’.
Laura uses a piece of plastic to roll, rub and scratch ink on using a variety of tools. You can also use different papers and materials such as lace to create a variety of patterns. The plate is sometimes set into a registration plate, to prevent it from moving during printing.
Laura discovered a love of oil painting in 2017, in between the frustrations of printmaking and preparing for Purbeck Arts week. She was distracting herself with a clear out of studio when she discovered some old oil paints. She decided to have a go and from there she painted her first canvas, ‘Bats head’ based upon a images taken during training for the McMillian Jurassic might hike. Thus began her love of oils, with a loose style, she loves to paint abstract land and seascapes. She mainly works in quick drying and water based oils, building quick thin layers up full of movement, depth, colour and texture. Like her prints inspired by her local surroundings.start editing the text.
Dry point is an intaglio printmaking; an image is incised into a plate with a hard-pointed needle of sharp metal. You have to be more careful inking up than in other techniques, too much pressure when applying the ink and cleaning the plate will ruin the image.
Lino printing is a variant of woodcutting. A sheet of hard or soft cut lino is cut into using specialises tools. It is inked with a roller then impresses onto paper or fabric.