What Inspires Your Art?
I’ve always felt riveted by and drawn to the art, architecture and cultural styles of Morocco.
Moroccan colors, details and design is loaded with repeated pattern, angular shapes and links between textured passages.
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.
See what I mean? It’s all very theatrical, adorned-by-an-artisan’s-hands and punctuated with narrative suggestion. You can spend hours going down the rabbit hole of orientalist art pinned to boards on Pinterest.
How Do You Make a Collagraph?
This pictorial demonstration of a collagraph print in process was inspired by my love for orientalist style, and the Brand Library in Glendale, California.
I snapped reference photos of the library on site, and used one of them as inspiration for this collagraph print.
This collagraph is a slight variation on the video tutorials, using glued down shapes drawn and cut from kid-grade construction paper. If you’d like more details on how to make a collagraph print with mat board and construction paper, read this post.
Either method of plate-building, the process is incredibly fun.
Collagraph Prints, Moroccan and Orientalist Art.
If you’re inspired by orientalist art and you make a collagraph print with some of those design features included, be sure to leave a link in the comments so I can see what you made.
Thanks for stopping by today, and have so much fun making prints!
I’ll see you in the next post,
P.S. With all the curves and angles in Moroccan architecture, I find that using the Grid Method gives me more accurate perspective and linear elements in my prints. If you’ve never used it before, have a look at this simplified version of the grid drawing method that I use.