In the mean time I’ve been to Hot Bed Press for a collagraph course. I’ve experimented with the basics before but have never been happy with the results. However I now know how to avoid white marks where the plate changes level and how to stop the plate randomly sticking to parts of the paper.
We worked with a quick method, using tape and drypoint on Perspex
and a slower way, cutting into mount board. This needed sealing with several layers of shellac varnish.
I’m really pleased with the prints from this second method. I think I’ll try using this method of working for the next book swop I’ve signed up for at ArtistBooks 3.0.