Collagraphs & Variations

I did some collagraph prints a while back that I never got around to put up, but now’s as good a time as any.

Collagraph Variations

The first is just a board I cut up in an angled sort of grid and set on the bed of the press with a little space in between the pieces.  First I printed a bunch blind, some of which I later colored with water colors.  Then inked the pieces separately with warm colors.  And finally, I inked the pieces the same way, but rearranged them into an abstract voodoo inspired by the Cedar Breaks Amphitheater.

Collagraph inked with mask

For this next one, I carved a tree into a board and pasted some threads parallel to the branches.  I printed blind a couple times, but I’ve lost those in my den of paper so I can’t show you.  I can show you how inked the plate the first time.  I cut a piece of acetate to use as a wavy mask to only ink part of the plate, printed, then used complementary pieces to mask other parts of the plate and inked in another color, printed, lather rinse repeat.

Collagraph showing brush strokes

Finally I just inked it up regular.  I like how you can see the glue strokes from when I pasted on the threads.  It adds a good texture.


About sappling

When God created the world, he did it in six days and rested on the seventh. I always wished there was just one more day in the week, an eighth day just for me to pursue the thoughts in my head and translate them to the physical world. There are only seven days, however, so I steal my creative moments in between being a mom and my work binding books and making boxes for clients all over New York City. I love working with my hands, learning new things, and I'm here to share those lessons with you. There are only seven days in a week. Why not eight? Guess I'll ask when I get there.
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