Here is the last of the images printed with the Wild Carrot Collagraphs. This is a limited edition of 4 prints. Notice how I don’t call them an EV (edition variable) as all 4 prints came out fairly consistent and I didn’t take any ghost prints. Printing with 3 different plates can be a challenge to get them to line up perfectly. Sometimes they can move a little when passing through the press. I am really quite pleased with these.
I printed these on Saunders Waterford 140lb hot press watercolor paper, 1/4 imperial size trimmed down to 8.5 inches by 14 inches with 3 deckled sides. Although this paper is hot press, it is not as smooth as the Bockingford hot press and therefore has a nice texture to the paper without affecting the print. Both of these papers are produced by St Cuthberts Mill, with the Saunders being the more expensive of the two. Although it is called high white, it is actually an off white color rather than bright white like the mixed media paper that I use. At the moment, these will be my go to papers for printing as they will also take watercolor very well should I need to embellish my prints and are archival. Compared to some printing papers, these are very economical indeed and are a good sturdy paper that can take some soaking.
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Now that this series is complete, I have decided to frame the collagraph plates.
I mounted the plates onto mountcard and used a ready made frame and mount. It is general practice to destroy the plates once the print run has been completed, but after all of the hard work put into them, and the fact that they looked so pretty, I decided to frame them. They are not for sale as they could potentially be re-used. I say potentially as these are now so delicate that the plants will probably fall apart should they go through the press again! In any event, they are retired.
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