Collagraph Printing Laura Hubbard

My Collagraph Kit! It contains a variety of collage materials including corrugated cardboard, embroidery floss, tacky glue, metal tooling foil, seed beads hole punch, sheets of thin cork, and thin chip board.
Here are my experimental collagraph plates. I collected materials that were readily available in my art room that students could realistically use to make their own collagraphs. You can see that I used buttons, foam scraps, various ribbons, wood stirring sticks, embroidery floss, and even some scraps of metal tooling foil!
My thumbnail prints from my collage objects. I especially like the thin chipboard and the foam pieces.
My collagraph printing plate. I experimented with collagraphs with my enrichment art 6th graders and found that they struggled a bit with abstract subject matter. For my collagraph example, I tried narrowing down the subject matter into a portrait. I think this would be much easier for the students to grasp and would allow them to experiment more with the subject matter and materials.
My final Collagraph print. I think it came out great and I liked having a specific direction for the subject matter of the printing plate.

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