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Penelope 4.5×3.5 Glue Collagraph with ink & colored pencil

 Process shots for this playful piece are below. I printed 4 of these little abstract expressionist faces in my friend Victor McCay’s studio a few years ago. I’ve played with glue collagraphs before, here and here, and I highly recommend trying one for great fune with the loosey-juicy, expressionistic mark-making you get with the glue on a mat board plate.

On a lark today, with 45 open minutes, I dabbled with one of the prints (see the beginnings of it at the bottom of this post), using colored pencil. Working small has the excellent advantage of allowing a little art to be squeezed into an otherwise packed-with-non-art-stuff day.  Available in my Etsy shop.

Scrap matboard, elmer’s glue and printmaking ink, ready to color the plate & print
The glue collagraph plate with oil based printmaking ink scumbled on the surface
Pulling the print after a trip through the press, twice to get a ghost print (on the right)

The 4th print pulled from the collagraph plate, just before studio frivolity began

Art Quote
In 1888 Waterhouse exhibited a picture at the Academy which is now one of the most popular in the Tate Gallery: The Lady of Shallot (60.25″ x 70.75″) [which his wife Esther, posed for]. Tennyson dominated the literary scene, and Waterhouse’s devotion to the poems was clear by his complete collection, in which every blank page is covered with pencil sketches for paintings. In this picture, Waterhouse moves from History to Romance, and for a brief period, to plein air painting. ~A. Hobson

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