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Chine Collé Process

I’ve used simple chine collé before to add an extra element of colour or texture to my prints. The basic approach is to apply glue to one side of a piece of thin printmaking paper. This paper is then placed glue-side up on the press—on top of the inked print matrix--and dampened supporting paper is laid on top of it. The entire assembly is then rolled through the press. The result is a tightly bonded join between the thinner paper and the supporting paper with the print simultaneously formed on the front.

A good definition and examples can be found here. A chine collé collage is similar, however there are as many glued elements as there are components in the collage, so it’s a more complex assembly process. This is a new technique for me and I’m keen to give it a try.

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