|For printmakers, no matter what kind of printmaking technique they use ; relief, intaglio, lithography, screen printing or monotype, the type of paper which supports their images is an undeniably important concern. The best paper, when handled properly, can help produce the finest quality of image. The printmaking technique of chine collé is traditionally defined as : a method of adhering with glue a thinner piece of paper onto a larger and heavier sheet of paper. The papers and glue are passed through the press at the same time that the inked image is printed. The use of chine collé enriches the print with a unique dimension of tones and textures.
Altered chine collé technique
With continuous alterations (additive/subtractive) to a copper plate I print a sequence of black, yellow, red and blue, passing the same plate through the press for each design and color change. To begin this process: the first tones to the plate are given with line-etching, drypoint, aquatint, soft-ground, sugar-lift, and photocopy transfer. I pull my first color (black), completing the entire edition. With these first impressions, I work back into the plate with scraper, burnisher and a palm sander to enhance the light areas and the motif. If certain etched areas need to be made completely flat once again, I fill them with Plastic Metal (which can be found at auto supply stores) and sand them smooth. I repeat this process with each color in the edition.