This is the story of one of my first collagraph prints...
It started with a rook in my garden.. I was so surprised to see it, needless to say no camera to hand. So with a quick look on the internet I found a photo of a rook that I liked, printed it and traced it.
Then off to get samples of textured wall paper, you know the stuff.. the wallpaper that no one wants... I now have samples for the world, and cannot walk past a wallpaper aisle without taking a few samples . I often wonder what the the staff think of me..... 'A wallpaper bag lady' I wonder if they think that I decorate my walls with the stuff... Yuck!....... I think that I am doing the DIY shops a service, by taking some samples and recycling it... That is my story and I'm sticking to it.
Anyway, I diverse.... On a piece of stiff card I turned the rook over an placed the tracing on the card and re-drew the rook so that the drawing was transferred onto the cardboard. Remembering that when it is printed the image will be reversed.
*Reminder to oneself - Decide on the bulk of the pieces first before using the glue pot.... It is a pain the the proverbial butt to change things around when the glue has dried.
When my rook was almost finished I cut out some tree shapes and lifted off the top layer of paper, my wonderful instruction book says that this is worth a try...
Collagraphs by Brenda Hartill and Richard Clarke
Then I glued on some old lace that I got from a charity shop and added the rooks foot to come down over the lace.Then on with the button polish, this stuff was a nightmare to find and extreemly expensive.
I have since found out that water based matt varnish and PVA does the same job and costs a lot less. I will give them a try when I run out of the button polish.Close up shows the different textures
At last a print, I will take a better photo and a better print when my new press is up and running.
I love doing collagraph but have so much to learn, If anyone has any advice, all is welcome, I appreciate all the help I can get.
If on the other hand anyone would like to ask me a question please just ask.