Collagraph Printmaking Still Life from Mat Board
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 and drawing inspiration, so I snapped reference photos as often as I blinked.
This little sink was in my room. I loved the nostalgia of the lace curtain, the light bouncing off the bowl of the sink and the mirror (see the reference photo below). I thought it would make a sweet little collagraph print. It reminded me of staying with my grandparents as a kid. They lived in a rambling old colonial house with creaking wide plank floors, stone fireplaces and 1940’s era fixtures.
If the walls could tell stories of the past 100 years in these places, I’d make tea, find a comfy chair, and listen closely.
Making the Collagraph Print
An Edition of Five
A Tutorial Video of the Process
Watch the video tutorial for this process below, and subscribe to my YouTube channel to get notified when new videos are posted so you can follow along and hopefully make one of these collagraphs yourself!
Making Up My Mind
I love both art-making methods. A lot. Even if I settle on which media to work in, I wrestle again with choosing a subject.
As I demonstrated above, I can’t walk past a sink without thinking “Heyyyy, THAT could be a fun painting or print!” My photo catalog of art references is bulging at 30,000 images.
I read this list of ten ways to combat indecision, and thought it was helpful. Sometimes another person’s shared road map is all the boost we need to find a path out of dark woods. I’m using number eight and number ten off that list today. What about you?
Have a decisively artful day, and I’ll see you in the next post,
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If you find yourself asking yourself (and your friends), “Am I really a writer? Am I really an artist?” chances are you are. The counterfeit innovator is wildly self-confident. The real one is scared to death.~Steven Pressfield