Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Collagraph Experiments day#2

Our first full studio day we worked on creating collagraph plates using a variety of materials and combinations of material. I carefully recorded each plate and the combination of materials, leaving space in my sketchbook for the actual results. These are steps I rarely rarely take. I can tell you it was really tough not to just dive in and print, but when I do that I am so lost in the ink and the results that half the time I have no clue what I did to get there. I'm not interested in that these days so I have to fight my instincts and be systematic.

some of my matteboard plates using thin cardboard, sketchbook paper and phonebook paper in a variety of combinations

my notes
Shirley's plates
our to-do list - it just kept growing
I brought a few plates with me but they needed to be coated with matte medium to protect the plate from the ink cleanup and also to facilitate the ink moving across the surface. What I thought would be an hour stretched into many hours and as we progressed we got more ambitious and decided we'd experiment with silkscreens as well. I also brought with me some plastic No Smoking signs that I bought on a whim at my local Staples for 1/2 off the sale price=49cents each. I wanted to see if they would print as drypoints, again searching/trying new materials to see if they would work. I have my small baby press in my studio and I can do up to 9x12's on it, big enough for handmade books and decent prints and it's capable of intaglio work so all these experiments would be taken directly into my studio, and soon.

I had to meet my sister-in-law to give her her birthday gift, painted the night before in Shirley's studio, so we were wrapping up early. I was ready for a break but anxious to print, though these new arrivals at my sister-in-law's place were a welcome distraction!

Alice, Hansel and Tinkerbell helping with the dishes

they like to lick the butter off the butter knives

1 comment:

cs said...

It'll be interesting to see what develops out of your sketchbook records. I find it intriguing when an artist changes the process like this. Keep us posted!