After a brief introduction to etching Evan Summer began making collagraphs. He began mostly by chance. He wanted to make an embossed print from a deeply etched zinc plate. Harvey Breverman, the printmaking professor at SUNY Buffalo, suggested that a plate made of matboard would be both cheaper and easier. This led to experimentation with the collagraph throughout Evan’s undergraduate and graduate studies. It also led to collages, constructed like collagraph plates with the addition of graphite, pastel and acrylic.

Collagraph plates are constructed like collages, usually made of matboard, paper, fabric and other materials. The plates are coated with varnish or acrylic medium to make them impervious to the oil based inks and solvents used in printing and cleaning. They are hand printed on an etching press, usually with intaglio inking.

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