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Product Details

  • Series: Printmaking Handbooks (A&C Black)
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: A&C Black (May 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0713663960
  • ISBN-13: 978-0713663969
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 6.2 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #675,238 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This useful handbook gives an interesting, informative account of Hartill's approach to materials and processes in an attractive, precise manner." Printmaking Today (Autumn 2005)

About the Author

Brenda Hartill is one of the most prominent collagraph artists working today, and her work is exhibited internationally. Richard Clarke is a printmaker whose work has appeared at several recent exhibitions in London.

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40 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Trish Meyer on December 10, 2008
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I agree that this book is a mixed bag. If you like collagraphs, then it's a no brainer - buy this book. The art is very creative and inspirational. However, if you don't know what collagraphs are, or how they are made, or don't know what "carborundum" means, then you'll need to take a class or read other books first. Otherwise it's hard to piece together how each artist created their work.

I loved this book; I bought it in Cambridge, England in the store where one of the authors, Brenda Hartill, was showing her collagraphs (the ones made with seaweed patterns were gorgeous). I read it once on the plane home and was a bit baffled. However, after I'd figured out how collagraphs were made I got a lot more out of it the second time around.

For step-by-step instructions, get "Collagraph Printmaking" by Mary Ann Wenniger and "Collagraph Printmaking" by Donald Soltenberg. Both are affordable on the used market; the latter is shorter but very concise and clear. (The out-of-print "The Complete Collagraph" is no more helpful, imo, and used copies are way over priced.)
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By S. Elliott on April 21, 2008
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If you're looking for a how-to guide, this is definitely not it. It lists possible materials, but that's about it. It shows a wide range of artists and pictures of their work, which is nice, if that's what you're looking for.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Hubies Brother on May 25, 2008
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There are some useful ideas in this book, but you have to dig them out. The authors have given us a hodge-podge of techniques, often without the detail one needs to use them confidently. There isn't much literature around about making collagraphs, so any information at all is welcome. Buy it if you're interested in this subject, but be prepared to live with trial-and-error printmaking till you get the hang of it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sheilah. Bockett on November 13, 2010
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In `Collagraphs: Mixed-media Printmaking' Brenda Hartill shares of years of professional print-making and experimental work with collagraphs. She gives a special emphasis to combining collagraph with metal printing plates.

This is no beginner's manual; however, I find Hartill's explanations clear and easy to apply for the artist with some experience. If you have no experience with collage, design, mono-printing and chine colle, you need to begin somewhere else. `Collage Sourcebook' by Quarry Books, has sections on all of these techniques as well as basic collagraphy.

Brenda Hartill very generously shares, with 35 clear photographs of the step by step process, how she achieved her `Fire and Energy' Series I and II but emphasises the exploratory nature of collagraphy. As she says in the introduction, "Collagraph is essentially an experimental medium and almost all the techniques I now employ have come, not from books, but from my own trial and error, which I urge all artists to practise."

Hartill writes comprehensively about tools, glues, inks and substrates, as well as how to present your finished work. The section on printing methods justifiably assumes prior knowledge of printing presses, but this information is easily found elsewhere. The focus of the book, after all, is on collagraphic exploration.

The second half of the book presents collagraphs by fourteen accomplised artists, who give brief explanations of their approach and the rationale behind their works. Here too, I find the ideas easy to adapt into my own work.

There are two appendices, the first one giving ideas for collagraphs with kids in schools. The second appendix refers to choice of papers. Overall, the explanatory text is clear and readable. This richly illustrated manual is an inspiration to artists who want to take their print-making to exciting new levels.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. Freed on June 14, 2009
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I've been looking this book over for about a month now. My first impression was that it wasn't all that detailed or give hands-on instruction in making collagarphs. However, after reading through more of it, I find it is way more detailed than I first thought. It does give some instructions (though sometimes less than clear), and seems to invite you to try out and experiment. A few times that I've asked people about materials for working with collagraphs, I've gotten the responses: "you'll just have to experiment" or "you'll have to try it out." So I think this book not being as specific in some instances may be inherent to the process.

If I could, I would have given the book 3.5 stars. I didn't go with 4-5 because there are a few places where the detailed examples and instructions by the author are unclear, there are some terms and materials used that are really from Britain and difficult to translate to what their equivalents are here in U.S. and a few places where the book is a bit sloppy in terms of page references and index listings. Really a publishing issue, but minor.

Overall, a good overview and instruction book on collagraph printing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Patricia Alander on August 22, 2010
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I'm so glad I came across this book - my head is full of new ideas and techniques to try.

I can't see giving it 2 or 3 stars because the authors don't hold your hand the whole way - they definitely give you enough information to get into your studio and make some cool new collagraph plates.

Great pictures of the process, too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Naomi Diamant on August 21, 2010
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I'm just beginning to explore collagraphy and was looking for an introductory text. I got so much more. This is a marvellous book. The images are stunning and the approach--conversations with artists about their techniques--informative and inspiring. Highly recommended.
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