In the progress of making art, I love researching, experiencing and sharing inspiration and techniques. Today, I’d like to introduce a very interesting print-making method : Chine collé.
Chine-collé roughly translates from French chine = tissue, and collé, meaning glued or pasted. The word chine is used because the thin paper traditionally used in the process was imported to Europe from China, India and/or Japan.
Etching is one of the relief printing. We use a needle to draw the image on a copper plate, which is covered with layer of acid resistance. The idea is using the needle to scratch the acid-resistant layer (which is usually hot ground), revealing the copper behind. Then, we let the plate sink into acid for 10 minutes to get the copper “eaten”, helping the image deeply carved into the plate. After that, we apply etching ink and transfer the image to the paper by rolling the printing press.
How about Chine collé ? Before press printing, we paste the “chine”,which is gampi paper in this case, on the plate.
So, here is the result. A pineapple for your prosperous and healthy Rooster Year ahead!