Civil Engineers 7×7 Collagraph with colored pencil on Arches paper Available in my Etsy Shop. Process shots for this collagraph print from mat board begin at the bottom of this post. If you’d like to make one, you can see others in process, with details on the assembly and supplies here and here and here. Go ahead – Make something. :o) The reference photo for this was snapped by MKH (thanks, darlin’) on a beach in Oahu two years ago, while my husband and grandson were building sand castles. I’ve had it in a “To be Painted” file ever since, because I love …[Continue reading]
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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]
Breakfast Alarm 7×7 Collagraph with colored pencil on Arches paper How to Make a Collagraph Portrait Want a creative project to try at your kitchen table? Here’s how to make a collagraph print portrait, step by step. The collagraph examples in this post were all made from scrap mat board. Mat board is also known as mount board in England and passe-partout in France. You’ll find process photos, resource links and video tutorials to make a collagraph portrait below – just scroll on down. With a reference photo of your model, and an exacto blade knife (I like this cool mini-swivel cutter), you …[Continue reading]
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]
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]
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]
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]