Collagraph: Civil Engineers

Civil Engineers 7×7 Collagraph with colored pencil on Arches paper
Available in my Etsy Shop.
Process shots for this collagraph (sometimes spelled collograph) begin at the bottom of this post. If you’d like to make one, you can see others in process, with details on the assembly and supplies here and here and here. Go ahead – Make something. :o)
The reference photo for this was snapped by MKH (thanks, darlin’) on a beach in Oahu two years ago,  while my husband and grandson were building sand castles.  I’ve had it in a “To be Painted” file ever since, because I love the earnestness of attention in their posture. While working on another collagraph with an aqua & green watery back drop earlier this week, it occurred to me that the linear elements of this image might be a fun little print too, so here it is.
Civil Engineers drying on my multi-purpose Richeson Easel :o)
Pulling a collagraph
Pulling a collagraph on my Takach etching press
Applying Akua Intaglio ink to the plate with a bristle brush
Re-wetting the darkest areas and adding carborundum for velvety darks

Peeling away layers to create wells and recesses to hold carborundum and ink
Sealing the plate with Liquitex Gloss Medium & Varnish –
using a bondo scraper  (you can get them at a hardware or auto parts store)

 Art Quote
 In 1968, Eugenia Parry Janis published Degas Monotypes. It became a catalyst that ignited contemporary interest & artistic research in the field of monotype. She catalogued 321 of Degas’ monotypes. Further study by others puts the number closer to 500. Degas & several artists in his group, most notably Mary Cassatt & Camille Pissarro, decided to use printmaking as a method to strengthen their drawing skills, so for Degas, the immediacy in the monotype process became especially attractive. When viewing Degas’ monotypes, it becomes clear that the process brought his painting & printmaking closer together. ~Kurt Wisneski

Photos of art happening in between posts

6 Responses to Collagraph: Civil Engineers

  1. Belinda Del Pesco January 16, 2013 at 10:45 am #

    @LSNelson – Thanks for stopping by and letting me know you’re enjoying things. This blog is a lot of fun, and a great balance for the solo-time in the studio. All of you good art-people are in here, keeping things lively. 🙂

  2. Belinda Del Pesco January 16, 2013 at 10:43 am #

    @Celia, Thanks – I’m glad you like the title. 🙂

  3. LS Nelson January 16, 2013 at 10:15 am #

    I subscribe to your feed, and love seeing an e mail whenever you post. I don’t think I’ve ever commented, but I’m getting off my thumb to tell you your work is wonderful, and the details and quotes you offer are always fascinating!

  4. Celia Blanco January 15, 2013 at 11:37 pm #

    I too love the title and the pose says it all!Gorgeous work!

  5. Belinda Del Pesco January 15, 2013 at 5:31 pm #

    @Athena, hi there lovely! Thanks so much for the compliment…. they say it’s a good thing to “paint what you love” and I sure do. :o)

  6. Athena Mantle January 15, 2013 at 2:53 pm #

    This is so amazing!! I love it and the title is just perfect! 😉

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