Collagraph: Artist’s Model

mat board collagraph with watercolor

Artist’s Model 10×6.75 collagraph with watercolor (sold)

Collagraphs are Fun

The plate for this collagraph (see process shots below) was made from mat board and construction paper – and it was printed in a small edition of 5, intaglio style. If you’d like to see a tutorial video on making one of these collagraphs, visit my youtube channel.

mat board collagraph with construction paper

Building the plate with mat board, kid-grade construction paper and Liquitex Gloss Medium and Varnish

matboard collagraph

The print, with freshly dried ink, ready to paint.

Lots of Options

This is print #1 and #2. (above)  You can see how altering the treatment of the window view and the art on the wall changes the overall look of the final collagraph.  The first print is Urban and the second is a seaside location. She’s on vacation. 🙂 This photo was taken before I painted the sailboats over the art space on the wall.


mat board collagraph printmaking

Pulling the collagraph after a trip through my Takach etching press.

Keep it Simple

In a small edition like this (five), it’s great fun to leave empty spaces in the design of the plate, to allow for experimentation and whimsy while coloring the print. If you plan your design and leave areas blank, you can draw, paint or collage whatever suits your fancy and floats your boat on each print. (You can see other examples of collagraph made with mat board and construction paper here and here.)

What do you do in your art-making to mix things up and open doors for further experimentation and frivolity?

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Art Quote
Is it okay with you that you blow off your writing, or whatever your creative/spiritual calling, because your priority is to go to the gym or do yoga five days a week? Would you give us one of those days back, to play or study poetry? To have an awakening? Have you asked yourself lately, “How alive am I willing to be?” It’s all going very quickly. It’s mid-May, for God’s sake. Who knew. I thought it was late February.It’s time to get serious about joy and fulfillment, work on our books, songs, dances, gardens. But perfectionism is always lurking nearby, like the demonic prowling lion in the Old Testament, waiting to pounce. It will convince you that your work-in-progress is not great, and that you may never get published. (Wait, forget the prowling satanic lion — your parents, living or dead, almost just as loudly either way, and your aunt Beth, and your passive-aggressive friends, whom we all think you should ditch, are going to ask, “Oh, you’re writing again? That’s nice. Do you have an agent?”)
Anne Lamott

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One Response to Collagraph: Artist’s Model

  1. Barbara Muir June 23, 2014 at 9:32 pm #

    Love this! How wonderful, and the quote is amazing too. Artists live so much of the time in their own heads it’s a good idea to paint the space in the colours we like.

    You are amazing.


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