Oh my – it has been SO very cold here in Wisconsin for the past week! It’s times like this that I just love being in the studio. And yesterday, I took the time to experiment with one of my new favorite printmaking forms – collagraph!
Back in September, I found this video about Harvey McWilliams, a printmaker from the Richmond Humanities Center in Virginia. I’m guessing it’s from the early ’70s, and once you get past the awesomely warped soundtrack, there’s a great collagraph tutorial. I watched this 12-minute film 5 times in a row, because I was so intrigued! (This is one of the reasons why YouTube is so amazing. But you already knew that.)
I created my collagraph a little differently – I adhered carpet tape to a wood block my dad in-law made for me, and then placed my cut cardboard pieces onto the block (BTW – carpet tape is INSANELY sticky. You need Goo Gone if you get it anywhere besides where you want it!). After they were adhered, I used Mod Podge to “seal” the cardboard pieces, making them “waterproof” (Mod Podge to the rescue! It works great!). To prevent the carpet tape adhesive from getting on my papers, I then adhered some butcher block paper to the “open” spaces. This also aids in clean-up when you inevitablly get ink on your block – it wipes right off of the butcher paper!
Here is a sampling of some of my prints! If you’re intrigued by the inking, I took Akua Chromium Oxide Green and Phthalo Blue and “rainbowed” it together with some transparency base in the middle for a smooth transition. I then brayered it right onto my block.