Chine-collé is a printmaking techinique in which the image is transferred to a surface that is bonded to a heavier support in the printing process. One purpose is to allow the printmaker to print on a much more delicate surface, such as Japanese paper which pulls finer details off the plate.
Today I worked with master printer Katherine Brimberry at Flatbed Press to pull a test run of a zenbrush iPad drawing of the Deckhands Oysterbar goldfish.
As I reflect on the process and product I am enjoying the contrasts of the image to the printing technique. Using the older print technology with the digital image creates a contrast in time and techniques embedded in the artwork. The contrast in time is between the older pre-digital era with the hundreds of year old printing technique with a big heavy press, blankets and oil based ink and the quick-stroked digital creation of the drawing. The endless multiplication of the image as it is posted on Picasa and facebook can be contrasted to the individually-crafted printing in the Chine-collé pull of individual prints with different papers as backing. In addition, the Japanese papers with the natural fibers each have different unique textures. The rubbing of the ink into the plate has a rhythm to it that reflects back to the rhythm of the strokes in the drawing when it was done on the iPad. Overall, I think the Chine-collé process is for me. It makes a very rich and interesting print that combines 2 papers on each print. I like that you can vary the Asian paper layer and I want to experiment with a number of different papers based on the content of the image. My next step is to take one of the classes.
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