Collography: Printing with Texture

Hi! Sarah here, and today we’re going to be making collographs. Collography is a printmaking process in which materials are glued to a rigid substrate. When printed, the materials leave an impression of the texture in varying tones. I wanted to share this process because of the freedom of the using a ring bound journal will give you the options to print on a variety of surfaces to include in your journals. 

 Collography: Printing with Texture


  • Substrate (I used the back of my paper pads, but mattborad, plexiglass and thick cardboard are other options)
  • Texture (cork, fabric, burlap, lace, cardboard, yarn, foam, texture paste, beads, sequins, etc)
  • Adhesive (white glue, acrylic gels, dodge podge, etc)
  • Paint or Printing Inks
  • Brayer
  • Palette (deli paper, palette paper, wax paper, or plastic palette)
  • Paper to Print With (drawing paper, mixed media, vellum, etc)


Collography: Printing with Texture


  1. Cut your substrate to size and once you’ve chosen your textured material glue them down. You can create and abstract design or cut your texture into an recognizable image. Have fun with this stage! Test all the texture! You never know how something will print.
  2. Once your plate has dried, roll out your paint on the palette so it coats your brayer evenly and isn’t to thick. 
  3. Roll the paint evenly onto your plate and lay your paper down on top. Use your hands to apply and even pressure to print your plate. 
  4. Peel back paper and marvel at your print! 

Collography: Printing with Texture

Collography: Printing with Texture

Action Steps

1. Find three distinct texture and glue them to a piece of cardboard

2. Ink up the plate and print onto mixed media paper

3. Add your favorite freedom quote


Sara lives in Rockland County, New York. The best part of art journaling for Sarah is that it’s just for her. She can be as free as she wants in the pages and there’s no right or wrong. Her art journals have become more than just a way to try new supplies and techniques, but a way for her to document the phases of her life.


  1. Clare Etheridge

    I have never seen this type of printing before so thanks for sharing Sarah! I will definitely be giving this a go.

  2. Lisa Monconduit

    What a phenomenal tutorial. Sarah I always learn something new from you. You are wealth of knowledge and inspiration!

  3. Christina Cloud

    This is such a fun idea! I would love to try this! Thank you Sarah!

  4. Debbie Bamberger

    I love it!!! You have such a gentle and encouraging presence, Sarah.

  5. Kate

    I will definately be trying that! Thank you

  6. CIndy Jacobs

    This is amazing!! I can’t wait to try it! 🙂

  7. Marsha Smusz

    Love this, Sara. I’m getting busy trying it now.

  8. Lea Betty

    This is really neat. I may give it a try with a paint brush! Thanks so much

  9. Lis

    Wow! What a fantastic tutorial!

  10. Serafine Bourne

    Awesome technique, Sarah! I look forward to trying it! Thank you!