I'm deep into collograph at the moment. It's a printmaking technique in which you make a simple plate -- often from random garbage around your house -- ink it up and print it. There is a very clear and straightforward blog post HERE that explains the process in photos.
This is the plate I made...
I tried several different paints/inks but experienced a lot of paper tearing, as you can see in the photos. I was using supplies I happened to have on hand -- always a good idea when you're first testing out a technique -- but I've made a list of some "meant for collograph" supplies that I'd like to purchase like intaglio ink, and printmaking paper. You know, I always say this in my classes and I think it's important to remember: you can make art with whatever you have around. You may have to think outside the box or make some adjustments, but you can usually make what you have work. There are some exceptions, but I do my best to try to work with what I have before I go shopping for new "must haves." So, I'm glad that I tried with what I have, because now I know what I actually need. :)
I think the thing I'm happiest with is how the back of the prints look:
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