Collagraphy Workshop Nov 14-15 2015

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Collagraphy Workshop Nov 14-15 2015


Two-half-day workshop with Robert Canaga
November 14 and 15, 2015
9 am - 1 pm
$100 plus $20 materials fee
(WhitPrint members: $90 plus $20 for materials)

About The Workshop

Collagraphy is a printmaking process in which a plate is formed by a collage of materials on a rigid substrate.  Carborundum, acrylic texture mediums, sandpapers, textiles, bubble wrap, string or other fibres, cut card, leaves and grass can all be applied to create the plate.  With ink applied,  the collaged image is printed onto paper or another material using either a printing press or hand tools. The resulting print is called a collagraph.  

Tremendous creativity can be unleashed using collagraphy, with an amazing variety of results.  Multiple plates can be printed in sequence, using one color for each plate. Transparent inks can create an illusion of depth. Since each plate has a different design, colors will overlap or shine through.

This two-half-day workshop, led by Robert Canaga, gives you a hands-on introduction to the techniques and materials used in collagraphy. All materials will be provided.

Day One: Creating the plate

We will learn how to create the plate for printing and how to combine assorted materials to achieve creative effects.  We will use a variety of materials to build up our collage onto a rigid substrate.  Materials used will include textured paper, fabric, sandpaper, carborundum, sawdust, leaves, string, and more.

If you have any specific textured cloth or other materials, you are welcome to bring them.  (Do not bring any metal objects, as these can permanently damage the press!)

After the collage is set, the plate is then coated with a varnish or acrylic medium to protect the materials. This will end the first day, allowing the materials to dry fully before printing.

Day Two: Printing the plate

In this session we will learn how to ink and wipe the plates for printing. The collagraph will be printed intaglio (inked recesses) or relief (inked raised areas) on an etching press. The number of impressions (prints) that can be created from a collagraph plate depends on the materials used.

About The Instructor

Robert L Canaga
Painter and Printmaker
Wine Blogger
Owner of Robert Canaga Galleries in Portland and Eugene, 1997-2002
Curator for OPUS6IX
Curator for PeaceHealth Headquarters 2011-12
Curator for The Gallery at the Watershed
Past President Oregon Mozart Players
Current Chair of Travel Lane County Board of Directors
Selection committee for EMX art
Selection committee for Lane Community College Sculpture

Reserving Your Spot

Register and pay in full to reserve your spot in the workshop. To cancel a workshop enrollment, please email You'll get a full refund if your request is received at least 10 days before the start of the workshop, or a 50% refund if it is received at least 3 days before the start.

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Image credit: Collagraphs (CC) by alitii, "Violin" and "Violin 1"