Collagraph by Kristiina Sandoe2021 dates:

Collagraph – Two Day Course
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11am – 5pm
Venue: INTRA
Suitable for adults
Class size 5 max.

Collagraph – Advanced
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Join Kristiina Sandoe to explore the beautiful textures and wide variety of marks and tone that can be achieved with collagraph, using a hybrid of relief and etching techniques. Kristiina is a master of collagraph techniques, managing to conjure the most atmospheric landscapes from humble materials and control the medium to render very fine figurative detail.

Artists from Picasso to Hockney have used collagraph to great effect, it’s good fun and such a simple process. Textured, printable surfaces are built up with raised collages, then the plate printed using the Rochat press, leaving an impression on damp paper as it is forced into every crevice.

The first collagraph course runs for two days and is suitable for beginners and those wishing to refresh their skills, and there’s an optional third day for those who want to continue with advanced techniques. If you want to join just for day three this is possible if you already have experience with collagraph and know how to make the plates. Please check the content of each day below and get in touch if you have any questions.

People who have taken this course and learned how to use the etching press can return to use it during our print studio’s open access sessions.

Day one:

Collagraph plate with thread

Beginning with a look at examples of collagraph prints and blocks. You’ll create two plates by gluing materials to a base board, trying out pva glue, string, tape, wool, lace, tissue, paper, cardboard or sand  – in fact  anything with an interesting texture, then varnish it to receive and withstand ink.

Once dry, you’ll apply ink to your first collagraph plate for proofing and discuss differences in papers and how they are prepared by soaking.

Moving on to a second plate, you’ll be able to build a more complex block, applying what you have learnt from the tests. There will be opportunities to reflect on the textures and results discovered by the group.

Day two:

Inking a collagraph plate with a stencil brushThis day is focused on inking up with localised colours across your plate and further developing the plates you have created. The second plate will be dry and ready to print and you can explore intaglio inking techniques with colour and wiping creatively to achieve interesting effects.

Advanced course – day three

Working with plates from days one and two, or those Chine collé by Hannah Catchlovecreated at home, chine collé can be added to bring another dimension to the prints. This technique involves gluing thin paper or tissue onto the work during the printing process and is a great partner for collagraph as you can print the fine details of a plate and introduce another layer effect. You’ll be taken through the process and can try out applying it to your prints.

In the afternoon you’ll try out combining relief and intaglio inking techniques to layer up colour. Using soft and hard rollers, ink can be applied on some areas of the plate without penetrating to the deepest ones.

For more photos, see our blog post about the collagraph course.


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If you have any questions about the course or payment, please call or send us an email.

Artwork and what to bring

After booking you will be sent details of things it would be useful for you to bring. If you don’t have any of your own designs to work from, you can pick something from the studio’s design library with hundreds of illustrated and vintage books to give you inspiration.


Please give us as much notice as possible if you are not able to come to a course that you have booked. If you cancel with seven or more days notice, we will reschedule or refund your booking. For cancellations less than seven days before the workshop date – we may be able to offer you a discount on a future booking if we can fill your place, but please note that we have to cover space, preparation and tutor costs and if you cancel at the last minute we still have to pay for these.


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