Collagraph or collograph printmaking involves the creation of a plate with collaged (adhered) textures. Each layer of paper, fabric or other addition creates a unique pattern. The artist can also cut through the top layer of the mat board to expose the rough interior which holds a nice dark line. I like to use museum-grade mat paper as my substrate since it does not delaminate when coated with protective sealant. Collagraphy is inexpensive and non-toxic so I have been incorporating the plates more and more into my work. Check out the FLORA series, all of these monoprints incorprate at least one collagraph plate in the printing!
You will see some examples of small collagraph plates I created in 2016 with an animal theme in this selection. All the plates are less than five inches tall and are VERY popular with the kids when I do demonstration prints at Open Studios. In fact, the octopus had to be retired - one of her tentacles fell off after so many runs through the press.