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Mat Board Collagraphs – and finding your Art Cheerleaders

Who’s Cheering in Your Corner? Did you catch this blog post about how you are the average of the five people you spend the most time with? Do you have a squad of encouragers around you? Who do you call when creative block crushes your art-making mojo, or a wave of uncertainty washes over your painting or printmaking adventures? Beginning artists are more susceptible to self-doubt than seasoned, professional, gallery represented artists. The Terrible Troll of Self Doubt Self doubt is a universal cycle, so professionals struggle with it too. The difference, perhaps, is that the journeymen artist has plowed a steady, determined …[Continue reading]

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Mat Board Collagraph: Stackable Naps

Making a Mat Board Collagraph Plate Let’s make a collagraph printmaking plate from a scrap piece of mat board! I’ve got some process photos, blog posts and video tutorials for you. To source the mat board, you can order it on amazon here, or visit your local art-framer and ask if you can pilfer the scraps of mat board they recycle after cutting mats for clients (Note: this material is also called mount board in other parts of the world.) Cutting Pieces of a Puzzle Using a sharp blade, cut very shallow outlines of relevant shapes as though you’re making a puzzle, and …[Continue reading]

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Mat Board Collagraph Printmaking: Mama’s Day

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? 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 …[Continue reading]

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Mat Board Collagraph: Harmony House (& a new process video)

 I’ve posted a new video tutorial (below) on the process to print this line-style mat board collagraph, Harmony House.  Since folks have described challenges finding small pieces of mat board for this method of printmaking, I’ve cut a dozen 5×7 pieces and I’ll mail them (domestic only, please), first come, first served to the fastest askers, with a piece of non-skid (see the video for usage) to get you started. Leave a comment on this post if you’re interested.  You can explore the More Info section beneath the video window to access resource links I’ve assembled for varnish, ink & paper. Want a pice of …[Continue reading]

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Mat Board Collagraph: Mermaid with a Pirate Scope

Available in my Etsy Shop (an open edition, with variation between each hand pulled print) See the process shots below…. If you’d like to see more process shots on making collagraphs, search this blog for “collagraph”, and see previous posts like this one, this one and this one. 🙂 #makesomething Origins of this art: It started with a doodle in my day planner (on the left) after chatting on the phone with my step dad about a book he sent me called Tinkerbelle, written by Robert Manry about his experience sailing a tiny, open13.5 foot boat alone across the Atlantic in 1965. (It …[Continue reading]

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Collagraph: Morocco (making a collagraph with mat board and construction paper)

What Inspires Your Art? I’ve always felt riveted by and drawn to the art, architecture and cultural styles of Morocco. Their particular flavor of color, detail and design is stunning. I have books on Orientalist paintings (this one is a favorite) that make me swoon with their painterly renderings of embellished walls, tiled floors, colored glass lanterns, and hand-printed fabrics. On My Art Library Book Shelves There are several painters whose work in these regions projected my affinity to new heights, like this one by John Singer Sargent, and this one by Frederick Arthur Bridgman (I have his book Winters in Algeria), or this …[Continue reading]

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Collagraph: Rainy Day Girl (making a collagraph with mat board and construction paper)

Make a Collagraph This collagraph was inspired by a photo snapped in Rockport, MA in the 80’s, and it was one of the first collagraph’s I assembled. This is a simple, straight forward method of printmaking you can do at home. Collect your art supplies; a piece of matboard or illustration board as a base, some construction paper to cut out the shapes of your subject, scissors and an exacto knife, and a bottle of liquitex gloss medium varnish to adhere the pieces, and seal the entire plate once your cut paper has been laid in place. Then, you’ll need ink, paper to …[Continue reading]

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Collagraph with Carborundum – Sinking In

Sinking In 5.5 x 7 Collagraph Print (Available in my Etsy Shop here) How to Make a Collagraph using Carborundum This collagraph was build on the back of a piece of mat board. Wanna build one too? (If you’re new around here, and you’ve never seen a mat board collagraph, here is a playlist of tutorials on my YouTube channel to help you get started.) Read on…. Collagraph Plate Making Process After sketching a young woman’s face and hair with watercolor on the verso of a scrap piece of mat board, I used a standard #11 exacto knife to incise lines around shapes …[Continue reading]

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Drypoint and Collagraph Printmaking – Whale and Mermaid

Experiments in the Art Studio Experiments in the studio are important, because that’s what we should be doing with art supplies, right?  Keeping things fresh and full of wonder by pushing past our comfort zone in artmaking, and testing new approaches. G-R-O-W-I-N-G, which requires a certain amount of comfort with the idea of failing too. Do you agree? Beyond discussions and theories of leaping past playing it safe, do you push your artistic skills all the way to failure, in order to expand your creative breadth? Art Studio Bartender I’ve mixed intaglio and relief printing on the same print, like a bartender conjuring …[Continue reading]

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Collagraph: Garden Watch – and inking tutorials for collagraph plates and printing

Mat Board Collagraph Versatility Have you ever made a mat board collagraph? If not, and you want to try it, visit this post for a detailed overview on making your first collagraph plate. If you’ve already created mat board collagraphs, do you print them just one way? Intaglio (with the uppermost surface cleared and wiped, and the recessed areas loaded with ink, to print from the “basement” of the plate)? Or Relief prints – applying and printing ink only from the uppermost part of the plate – or the “roof”, leaving the recessed areas blank? [NOTE: If you have trouble distinguishing between printmaking …[Continue reading]

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Collagraph: Sunday Morning – and helpful resources for entering art shows

How Do You Get Your Art Out into the Public? Are you juggling family and jobs while squeezing slivers of art-making into your busy world? How often do you apply to art shows? Do you ponder the opportunities of artistic exposure and camaraderie on social media? In the melee of the artist’s mind, it can be challenging to mount the technology of digital sharing.  “But it’s free exposure!”, we all say!  “Free” after you learn to title and scan your work. Free after you plan repeated missives to fill the What-Should-I-Say part of your posts on Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram.  There is also …[Continue reading]

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Collagraph: The Written Word – and Books I Read Last Year

This (below) is the back of a piece of mat board (also known as mount board in other parts of the world), which is the stuff used to mat art work and photos under glass.  I’m using it here to make a mat board collagraph, and I’ve drawn a figure reading a book with pencil,  and then I coated it with Liquitex Gloss Medium & Varnish. After drying the plate overnight, I incised shapes and line-work with an exacto knife and peeled the uppermost layer of mat board away to leave recessed areas to hold printmaking inks.  After all the carving and peeling …[Continue reading]

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Collagraph – Garden Watch (and artist’s perspective via fire)

Grab Your Colored Pencils Colored pencils provide immediate, no fuss, easy-peasey art making on the fly. Even if you’re traveling, it doesn’t take much to pull out a handful of colored pencils and a sketchbook to make something fun and meditative. In lieu of a sketchbook, I worked on a collagraph this week, and it was splendidly calming, despite the chaos. And speaking of disruption, thank you to everyone who left wonderful emails, comments and messages on social media about the fire. We are all hiking towards normal.   Courage The air quality here still requires a respirator, and the ash and soot …[Continue reading]

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Collagraph: Island Fox and the Thomas Fire

Checking In How are you doing this week? We’re all hiking through the woods together towards the end of the year.  This last stretch is equal parts lovely – because we spend time with people we love, and harried – because the To-Do list is three stories tall.  I’m a squirrel, searching for a magical nut-of-balance between the two extremes. I hope you’re sneaking mini-opportunities to doodle on the back of opened envelopes, and jot down post-it note art-ideas to tackle in the new year. Did you add art supplies to your wish list? Have you picked a workshop to take, or an …[Continue reading]

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Collagraph: Scouting for Tulip Petals (& Art Groups on Facebook)

Making Art with Other People Make art more often by joining a group, taking a class or scheduling your creative time with fellow artists. A schedule makes you accountable, and anticipation from art-minded friends expecting you to show up can be the right kick in the pants to Get Things Done. So Many Artists tell me they don’t create often enough. Self-doubt, time management, life/work-conflicts, and health issues are mortar in the block walls. And then there is the subtly squirmy discomfort with working alone. We know that making art is a solo endeavor, so that can be part of the culprit.  If this …[Continue reading]

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Collagraph: Sink at the Old Mill Inn (& wrestling with indecision)

Inspired by Travel I stayed at The Old Mill Inn – a Bed & Breakfast in Hatfield, Massachusetts a few years ago to attend a wedding. The Mill and the landscape around it is rich with painting & drawing inspiration, so I snapped reference photos as often as I blinked.  This little sink was in my room, and I loved the nostalgia and charm of the lace curtain, the light and the mirror (see the reference photo below).  It reminded me of staying with my grandparents as a kid, in their rambling old colonial house with creaking wide plank floors, stone fireplaces and hand-hewn ceiling beams. …[Continue reading]