I make collagraphs, print in black and then paint with water-colours.
A collagraph is made from mounting card, cut and peeled to make dark tones, treated with washes of wood glue to make light tones. Mediums can be applied and textured and book covering film and a variety of tapes create more different tones and textures.
The plates deteriorate quite quickly, I would hope to get at least 4 good prints from each plate, although this is variable. I do not use varnish on my plates, I use wood-glue washes, which add tone and subtlety and also serve to seal the plate.
Sometimes the plates themselves look wonderful.
The above plate has only been inked once.
All the prints are hand painted individually, they are all slightly different, sometimes very different and each one unique.