Nina's Textile Trail 2

– Textiles 1: Mixed Media for Textiles

MMT4 – Collatype Printing- Exercise 2 – Polyfilla Block & Exercise 3 Collagraph Collage Blocks


MMT4 Workbook 2 pages 174-183

Polyfilla fix and grout was used for this plate.  It was a bit stiff to spread and difficult to burnish as the scrim caught on the scratchy surface although it had been sealed with acrylic gel.  A more substantial material like varnish would probably be better than acrylic gel as a sealant in future.

Marks were made into the polyfilla with a grouting tool, a credit card and various natural plant material.

Trying Brenda Hartill’s rub method with yellow, then magenta then cyan was successful, producing lots of texture and a 3D effect.

Print 1 of 2


Print 2 of 2




To experiment with other materials and revisit media used to create texture in Assignment 3, a block was constructed with Pebeo molding paste, Pebeo texture paste and Liquitex molding paste.  To ’embed natural items’ a technique used by Brenda Hartill, echinops seeds were adhered with Evostick wood glue.  The plate was sealed with acrylic gel.

The first print was on Arches 88 paper which is very absorbent using yellow and magenta ink, causing a quickening of my pulse as the embossed reverse, then vibrant, textural print was revealed.


Although the plate could have been burnished a little more to avoid thick patches of ink, the different materials have created some interesting textures.  A second print was taken onto the less absorbent Pink Pig 270g watercolour paper using yellow, then magenta then blue.  The resulting colour combination was a little strange but more attention to burnishing improved the result and detail achieved particularly the stippled effect of the full circle and the speckled surround.  There was still a little too much paint around some of the seeds.

dscf6071 The plate.




5 thoughts on “MMT4 – Collatype Printing- Exercise 2 – Polyfilla Block & Exercise 3 Collagraph Collage Blocks

  1. good to see your samples – What type of ink did you use for these prints – thanks

  2. Thanks Karen. I used Hawthorn Stay Open inks from They are quite expensive so I only have Process Yellow, Cyan and Magenta but have managed with just those.

  3. Gogeous sample. I love that it is round..refreshing to see. I am impressed how you get different colours – can’t get my head round how that is done.

  4. These are lovely, Nina, harmonious yet full of energy. I like your choice of a circular composition which I always find hard to make interesting. Incidentally, Akua inks seem to be an affordable and environmentally friendly alternative to Hawthorn’s – I’ve used both and Akua are possibly not quite as precise for top quality printing but very usable (and easy to wash up with soap and water!).

  5. Thank you Inger and Julie. Will also add Akua inks to my wish list!

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