Mat Board Collagraph Printmaking – Mama’s Day


Mama’s Day 4.5 x 3.25 Collagraph with watercolor (Available here)

Making Art Inspired by Stuff Happening Around You

This mat board collagraph started as a doodle (see photos of the process, with links to supplies below). I’m surrounded by young women with babies, meandering different chapters of motherhood. It’s fascinating & nostalgic & heart-warming to watch these little families grow and transform with the addition of wiggly beings.  We make art from the happenings around us, and it documents our lives in a beautiful way. What’s in your life this season that informs and enhances your art-making?


Adding watercolor to a collagraph


Edition of five prints, drying in the studio

Pulling a collagraph print from a mat board plate

If you’re interested in learning more about making a collagraph print from mat board, here’s a link to a playlist of youtube videos on my channel. You’ll find a variety of carving and inking demos there, and every tutorial has a “show more” link under the video-window on youtube to expand a description area that’s full of links to supplies needed for each project.


After wiping the ink from the uppermost surface, buffing more of it away with newsprint


After sealing the plate, inking with different colors using a dauber of rolled felt


Scrap mat board & Liquitex Gloss Medium: a marriage made in heaven for creating collagraphs

Carving the uppermost layer from the back of mat board

One of my favorite tools for cutting matboard collagraphs – a retractable, micro-blade, swivel head exacto knife. Great for tiny details.


Scrap paper doodle that became a tiny collagraph


Fueling the day with coffee and list-making

An Interesting Read on Living the Artist’s Life

Creative coach Cynthia Morris went on a two month trip to Paris to live the artist’s life. Doesn’t that sound delicious? And what exactly does that “artist’s life” part mean? Her post outlining the shifts  from work-related screen time to real life watching & sketching, from offering instruction to absorbing inspiration,  and from serving others to making things for herself is a quick read.  

Making More Art in Your Life

It’s inspirational to design an artist-life experiment for yourself. Pick a start-date, and plot a course on your calendar (with friends for accountability) to do some creative experiments of your own this summer. If you don’t have the wherewithal to get to Paris, meet in a friend’s garden instead, or on someone’s front porch, or in a cafe to sketch your surroundings. 

Spend As Much Time Connecting to People as You Do Connecting to WIFI

Yesterday, I went to my neighbor’s 100th birthday party. It’s quite a contrast from the young women with babies in other parts of my life. Nancy is tiny-but-mighty, and while I’ve only known her for two of her hundred years on this planet, she feels like family to me.  On good days at dusk, she enjoys the ocean view from her driveway , and treats herself to a little glass of Attitude Adjustment (see photo below). She’s lived all over the world as a military spouse, lost two husbands, raised four children, and her sense of humor is infectious.

Quit Saying I’ll Make Art Later

I asked my neighbor what she thought about turning 100. She said “It goes by fast, so you better not miss it.” I’m taking that to heart today. The planet continues spinning around the sun, and every hour frittered away on stuff that doesn’t matter could have been spent making art. There’s so much art to make, so much to feel and so much to share. We’d better get to it, don’t you think? 
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Happy Birthday, Nancy!

Art Quote

Writing isn’t about making money, getting famous, getting dates, getting laid, or making friends. In the end it’s about enriching the lives of those who will read your work, and enriching your own life as well. It’s about getting up, getting well, and getting over. Getting happy, okay? Getting happy…. this book… is a permission slip: you can, you should, and if you’re brave enough to start, you will. Writing is magic, as much the water of life as any other creative art. The water is free. So drink. Drink and be filled up.
~ Stephen King ~ On Writing; A Memoir of the Craft

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