Alan Brown was the tutor... with a welcome..... just call me Al...
A great tutor with a VERY dry sense of humor... He said... that he wanted us to try 'anything' to make our collagraph plates and have fun experimenting, not to be too precious...and that making a mistake could be the best thing that we achieved that day... I liked this man.
So first up we made some experimental plates... Like nothing I had done before... Mine consisted of cardboard, glue, metal shim, a fern leaf, fabric and tissue... oh and a bit of sandpaper...
These are the prints from my experimental plates... Cyan ink.. I love it, and I was pleased with my prints
We also printed the plates that we had previously made at home.
The 'beach huts' were inked up with oil paint mixed with a medium which changes it into ink..??? I'd never heard of it so it was worth a try... quite a fun result.
'View across the river'
... loving the cyan ink
...Which I was thrilled with.
I had a grand day... loved every moment, met the wonderful 'Dry Al' also a fascinating lady called Julia who taught art in London, a creative lady called Alex, who had made some fantastic collagraph plates without touching glue, and a chap called Steve who was a bird watcher... he said that my rook was a partridge... I don't know what he means...??? It is what I say it is! .......... Maybe it's a bit like a partridge. Shhhhhhh....
I am desperately seeking an etching press
If anyone has one or knows of one that is for sale please email me....