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Drypoint and Collagraph Printmaking – Whale and Mermaid

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]

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Collagraph: Garden Watch – and inking tutorials for collagraph plates and printing

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]

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Collagraph: Sunday Morning – and helpful resources for entering art shows

How Do You Get Your Art Out into the Public? Are you juggling family and jobs while squeezing slivers of art-making into your busy world? How often do you apply to art shows? Do you ponder the opportunities of artistic exposure and camaraderie on social media? In the melee of the artist’s mind, it can be challenging to mount the technology of digital sharing.  “But it’s free exposure!”, we all say!  “Free” after you learn to title and scan your work. Free after you plan repeated missives to fill the What-Should-I-Say part of your posts on Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram.  There is also …[Continue reading]

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Mat Board Collagraph: Stackable Naps

Making a Mat Board Collagraph Plate Let’s make a collagraph printmaking plate from a scrap piece of mat board! I’ve got some process photos, blog posts and video tutorials for you. To source the mat board, you can order it on amazon here, or visit your local art-framer and ask if you can pilfer the scraps of mat board they recycle after cutting mats for clients (Note: this material is also called mount board in other parts of the world.) Cutting Pieces of a Puzzle Using a sharp blade, cut very shallow outlines of relevant shapes as though you’re making a puzzle, and …[Continue reading]

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Collagraph: The Written Word – and Books I Read Last Year

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]

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Collagraph: Morocco (making a collagraph with mat board and construction paper)

What Inspires Your Art? I’ve always felt riveted by and drawn to the art, architecture and cultural styles of Morocco. Their particular flavor of color, detail and design is stunning. I have books on Orientalist paintings (this one is a favorite) that make me swoon with their painterly renderings of embellished walls, tiled floors, colored glass lanterns, and hand-printed fabrics. On My Art Library Book Shelves There are several painters whose work in these regions projected my affinity to new heights, like this one by John Singer Sargent, and this one by Frederick Arthur Bridgman (I have his book Winters in Algeria), or this …[Continue reading]

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Collagraph – Garden Watch (and artist’s perspective via fire)

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]

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Collagraph: Scouting for Tulip Petals (& Art Groups on Facebook)

Making Art with Other People Make art more often by joining a group, taking a class or scheduling your creative time with fellow artists. A schedule makes you accountable, and anticipation from art-minded friends expecting you to show up can be the right kick in the pants to Get Things Done. So Many Artists tell me they don’t create often enough. Self-doubt, time management, life/work-conflicts, and health issues are mortar in the block walls. And then there is the subtly squirmy discomfort with working alone. We know that making art is a solo endeavor, so that can be part of the culprit.  If this …[Continue reading]

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Mat Board Collagraph Printmaking – Mama’s Day

Making Art Inspired by Stuff Happening Around You This mat board collagraph started as a doodle (see photos of the process, with links to supplies below). I’m surrounded by young women with babies, meandering different chapters of motherhood. It’s fascinating & nostalgic & heart-warming to watch these little families grow and transform with the addition of wiggly beings.  We make art from the happenings around us, and it documents our lives in a beautiful way. What’s in your life this season that informs and enhances your art-making? If you’re interested in learning more about making a collagraph print from mat board, here’s a link to a playlist …[Continue reading]

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How to make a Collagraph

What is a Collagraph? A collagraph is a type of printmaking, traditionally made from a collaged plate. If you’ve wondered how to make a collagraph – especially from mat board – I hope this is helpful. Shapes and textures are layered on a base plate (usually metal or plexiglass) and sealed with a gloss varnish.  After the assemblage dries, the surface is inked, and wiped, which leaves plenty of pigment embedded in the textural elements, and caught against the curbs of layered shapes on the collage. When pressed against paper – usually on a press, but also rubbed with a baren or spoon …[Continue reading]

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Mat Board Collagraph: Harmony House (& a new process video)

 I’ve posted a new video tutorial (below) on the process to print this line-style mat board collagraph, Harmony House.  Since folks have described challenges finding small pieces of mat board for this method of printmaking, I’ve cut a dozen 5×7 pieces and I’ll mail them (domestic only, please), first come, first served to the fastest askers, with a piece of non-skid (see the video for usage) to get you started. Leave a comment on this post if you’re interested.  You can explore the More Info section beneath the video window to access resource links I’ve assembled for varnish, ink & paper. Want a pice of …[Continue reading]

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Collagraph: Artist’s Model

Collagraphs are Fun The plate for this collagraph (see process shots below) was made from mat board and construction paper – and it was printed in a small edition of 5, intaglio style. If you’d like to see a tutorial video on making one of these collagraphs, visit my youtube channel. Lots of Options This is print #1 and #2. (above)  You can see how altering the treatment of the window view and the art on the wall changes the overall look of the final collagraph.  The first print is Urban and the second is a seaside location. She’s on vacation. 🙂 This …[Continue reading]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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]