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Collagraph: Hold My Hand

Hold Your Hand 7×7 Collagraph with Colored Pencil Available in my Etsy Shop I’m binging on printmaking this month. Something about the sequence of steps; the inking, and wiping, and carving, and pulling, and soaking paper seems to be a deep, slow breath at a hectic time of year. I’ve got two linocuts, three collagraphs and three drypoints in process. At the end of a crazy day, it’s a treat to sneak down to the studio with a cup of tea, and pick one of them to make something. I hope you’re getting some of that creative “zen” time too. I think it’s …[Continue reading]


Collagraph: Island Fox (after an encounter with one on Santa Cruz Island)

Island Fox 7.25×5.25 inch Collagraph with watercolor &colored pencil on asian paper Available in my Etsy shop. This one is now Sold, but there’s another one here. Process shots start at the bottom of this post. I went on a hike on Santa Cruz Island (part of the Channel Islands off the coast of California) a few weeks ago, and as I rounded a bend on the path, I saw an Island Fox headed in my direction. He stopped on the path and sat down a few yards ahead of me, and we both took a moment to make eye contact, and study each other. The …[Continue reading]


Mat Board Collagraph: Mermaid with a Pirate Scope

Available in my Etsy Shop (an open edition, with variation between each hand pulled print) See the process shots below…. If you’d like to see more process shots on making collagraphs, search this blog for “collagraph”, and see previous posts like this one, this one and this one. 🙂 #makesomething Origins of this art: It started with a doodle in my day planner (on the left) after chatting on the phone with my step dad about a book he sent me called Tinkerbelle, written by Robert Manry about his experience sailing a tiny, open13.5 foot boat alone across the Atlantic in 1965. (It …[Continue reading]


Collagraph: Couch Napping

Couch Napping 6.5 x 8.75 Collagraph with Watercolor Printing Collagraphs This collagraph was printed in an edition of 30. I painted #7 last night, pondering the change in seasons, and reflections on the year spliced in quarters-of-accomplishment. We’re about to leap over the fence-line between summer and fall. What did I do these past three months of summer? Did I finish the goals I set for myself? Good weather, weekends on a boat, and friends and family gathering for sweet eats & company definitely reduces my work flow in summer, but it also charges my batteries, and I’m amped to make new art. …[Continue reading]


Collagraph: Breakfast Alarm

Breakfast Alarm 7×7 Collagraph with colored pencil on Arches paper How do you make a Collagraph? This collagraph (process shots begin at the bottom) was created with scrap mat board (also known as mount board in England and passe-partout in Europe). The reverse side of the mat is smooth, with no “tooth” in the surface, so once it is sealed with a gloss, it’s ideal for clearing ink when you want light areas on your print. For full creative control, you can add texture to hold ink, and create dark, rich passages by applying carborundum – also known as sand-paper grit. Control Darks and Lights Carborundum …[Continue reading]


Collagraph: Good Morning. Feed Us.

Good Morning. Feed Us. 7×7 Collagraph with Colored Pencil Available in my Etsy Shop. Sold Process shots for this collagraph begin at the bottom of the post, and previous collagraphs in this series can be seen here, here, here and here. After a few decades of living with cats, I’ve shuffled into my early morning kitchen, headed for the coffee pot, and encountered this view many times. The current obstacle course is just one cat (who will rapid-fire paw-box the backs of our legs while standing on his hind quarters if we walk away from his empty plate to get coffee first), but …[Continue reading]


Collagraph: Climber

Climber 7×7 Collagraph with colored pencil on Arches paper Sold Available in my Etsy shop.Process shots begin at the bottom of this post. This is the fourth collagraph in a series (you can see the others here, here, and here) and I’m having a gluttonously good time in the studio making and printing these plates. They are so simple, but they offer an abundance of variation for subject matter, texture, colors and atmosphere. I’ve always loved painterly printmaking techniques (one of the reasons I love making dark field monotypes), but these are great because I can print a small edition (in this case, ten) …[Continue reading]


Collagraph: Garden Meditation – and how to make a collagraph with carborundum

Available in my Etsy shop. Making a Figurative Collagraph Before we make a collagraph, let’s get inspired. Have a look at Alice Carter’s excellent book – The Red Rose Girls – An Uncommon Story of Art and Love. The true story chronicles the lives, careers and friendships between famous artists Jessie Willcox Smith (1863-1935), Elizabeth Shippen Green (1871-1954) and Violet Oakley (1874-1961).  Their work ethic and resourcefulness is inspiring given they were making a living as artists when those skills were surely a man’s job.  Their amazing work was created over one hundred years ago, and I wonder about their methods, materials, inspiration and daily routines.  You …[Continue reading]


Collagraph: Morocco

Morocco 6.8 x 4.7 Collagraph with Watercolor SoldAvailable in my Etsy Shop.Another matboard and paper collagraph, using the same methods as in previous pieces here, and here.  The reference photo was snapped in a suburb of Los Angeles – at the Brand Library in Glendale. The beautiful, Moroccan architecture of the building stands out against the oak tree and scrub hillside it’s nestled against. Building the plate   The substrate is a scrap piece of matboard, and in the photo above, I’m cutting and adhering kid-grade construction paper in layers with Gloss Medium Varnish. This will dry hard and a little slick, making the whole plate feel like plastic, so …[Continue reading]


Collagraph: Rainy Day Girl (making a collagraph with mat board and construction paper)

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]


Glue Collagraph: Penelope

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 …[Continue reading]


Silk Aquatint: Dusk

 Dusk 6.5 x 5.5 Silk Aquatint with colored pencil on Rives BFK paperAvailable on Etsy.I’m still experimenting with silk aquatint printmaking: different ratios of acrylic paint, acrylic gel and acrylic medium to get the resulting “what you see is what you get” on the print. So far, I’m getting a little too much tone printing in areas I’ve painted out, so I think it’s time to order some silk screen fabric in the recommended weave. I have a few more plates already made and underway with this synthetic silk organza, so I’ll print them for the practice, but I’m curious to see the …[Continue reading]


Collagraph Printmaking: Cape Dory Book Club

How to Make a Mat Board Collagraph Would you like to try some printmaking with scrap matboard? Here’s a playlist of step by step demos on how to make a collagraph print in tutorial videos posted on my youtube channel.  And this blog post will show you – in photos – some of the supplies and steps, so you can make an intaglio style mat board collagraph too. You don’t need a press, and you can trace your image! Scroll to the bottom of this post for a list of supplies with links, so you can see what they look like if you’re …[Continue reading]


Collagraph: The Written Word (& Akua Water-based Intaglio Inks)

The Written Word 7×10 Collagraph with Akua Ink & Colored Pencil (sold) I’ve been experimenting. Since I’m starting to print in my studio (instead of the community college print lab where they had ventilation), I’m looking for non-toxic solutions, and I hit the jackpot with Akua Water-based inks. I’ve tried a few other brands of water-based and water-soluble inks, and after watching a few demo videos on the Akua web site, and paying attention to some of the tips and tricks suggested by the manufacturers, and artists out there using their products, I am totally impressed. They *are* a bit different from the …[Continue reading]


Collagraph Printmaking: Antebellum

Antebellum 4.25 x 4.75 Glue Collagraph with colored pencil  (Visit my Etsy Shop) What’s a Glue Collagraph? Glue Collagraphs are a fun & easy printmaking method. You can collect the supplies and get started right away, and have a print party. 🙂 This simple, painterly approach to printmaking doesn’t require any cutting or sharp tools, and with a little planning, you won’t even need to use a press to pull the prints! How Do you Make a Glue Collagraph? Building this plate is so simple, I love this process! This is a scrap piece of matboard, sealed front and back with Liquitex Gloss Medium and Varnish. The suggested …[Continue reading]


Watercolor: Unwind (& a painting by Adrienne Trafford)

Unwind 14 x 20 Watercolor on paper (sold) The reference for this was snapped surreptitiously with a cell phone about four years ago, and I’ve used the image to make collographs and a few other things that are still in process. I love the geometric composition of squares around the room, and the curvy, zig-zag of light slumber on my favorite model on the couch. I started this watercolor as a demo piece at the San Diego Artwalk in April (see the easel set up in front of my booth in the image below). I set it aside till I moved my art …[Continue reading]