Plotting a Course is a glue collagraph ghost (the process shots begin at the bottom of this post) with watercolor. The reference image (seen below) was snapped in the early 80’s, showing my step dad TC sitting in the cockpit of his Cape Dory sailboat, studying a paper chart (slated to cease production in favor of digital charts). The subject is someone near and dear to me, but I also like the geometry of the marina and boat parts around him. There isn’t a discernible boat in the composition, but if you’ve been around boats at all (have you?), the lines, sailcloth and canvas dodger hint at a nautical environment.
The finished piece above started like this: a ghost print collagraph
After a trip through the etching press, pulling the collagraph. This was the first print pulled. You can see that there’s still ink on the plate, so I laid a second sheet of soaked & blotted printmaking paper against the plate, and ran it through the press again to create the ghost print.
Inking the plate with a brayer, and with rolled felt daubers, also called a la poupee