Collagraph: Hold My Hand

Collagraph-Portrait
Hold Your Hand 7×7 Collagraph with Colored Pencil
Available in my Etsy Shop
I’m binging on printmaking this month. Something about the sequence of steps; the inking, and wiping, and carving, and pulling, and soaking paper seems to be a deep, slow breath at a hectic time of year. I’ve got two linocuts, three collagraphs and three drypoints in process. At the end of a crazy day, it’s a treat to sneak down to the studio with a cup of tea, and pick one of them to make something. I hope you’re getting some of that creative “zen” time too. I think it’s a salve to all the chaos. If you’re finding this to be true, share what you’ve been making in the comments. And if what you’re making is in the media of baked goods, we’d be much obliged for a recipe or two. 🙂
Fresh ink – on the press bed: the plate on the left and collagraph print on the right

If you’re new to collagraphs, there are more details on making one in previous posts, like here and here.

pulling-a-collagraph
Pulling a print after inking with slightly different colors
After inking & wiping the plate (a la poupee), I’m adjusting placement
on the press bed, getting ready to print
collagraph-in-process
Sealing the plate with layers of  Liquitex Gloss Medium & Varnish
collagraph-with-carborundum
Adding carborundum grit (#120) after carving layers from the mat board


 
Art Quote
Oh, what a pity you are not here; what pleasure it would have given you to see Velazquez, who alone is worth the whole journey. The painters of every school who surround him in the Madrid Museum, and who are very well represented, all seem second rate in comparison to him. He is the painter to beat all painters. He didn’t astonish me, he enchanted me. The full-length portrait in the Louvre is not by him, only the authenticity of the Infanta cannot be doubted. There is an enormous picture here, filled with small figures like those in The Cavaliers in the Louvre, but the figures of the women and men in this one are perhaps better, and all of them are perfectly free of retouching. The background – the landscape – is by a pupil of Velazquez. 
The most astonishing work in this splendid collection, and perhaps the most astonishing piece of painting that has ever been done, is the one entitled in the catalogue Portrait of a Celebrated Actor in the Time of Philip IV. The background fades into nothing; the old boy all in black, so olive, seems to be surrounded by air. And, ah, The Spinners; and the beautiful portrait of Alonzo Cano; and Las Meninas – another extraordinary picture! The philosophers – what astonishing works! And all the dwarfs too! – one in particular, seated full face with his hands on his hips; a painting for the real connoisseur. And his magnificent portraits! – one would have to include the lot; they are all masterpieces. 
~Edouard Manet – in a letter to Fantin-Latour – while in Madrid in 1865, where he went to change his “ideas” after getting attacked by the critics when he exhibited Olympia at the Salon earlier that year. 

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4 Responses to Collagraph: Hold My Hand

  1. Belinda Del Pesco 23/12/2013 at 8:35 am #

    Thanks, @catharina! 🙂

  2. Belinda Del Pesco 23/12/2013 at 8:35 am #

    @dan, thanks for the compliment. I’ll work on a video (or a series of them) on printing without a press this winter. thanks for the comment in the meantime. 🙂

  3. Catharina Engberg 18/12/2013 at 11:19 am #

    Looks very nice! Light is so nice too.

  4. Dan Kent 17/12/2013 at 6:04 pm #

    Your work is beautiful as always.

    Also, I enjoyed your first video! And I would love to see a video on how to print without a press.

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