Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Experimenting with Collagraphs

The collagraph print above is one of the first of a few experiments that I'm having fun with this winter. The plate is very simple, a shallow, sanded rectangle of pvc sentra. The darkest lines and dots are the result of burning into the plate with a woodburning tool. The other textures are modeling paste painted on with a brush and/or sponge pressed into the paste. Those deep burnt lines create a lot of burr and hold a lot of ink. Not a bad first print...stay tuned for more experiments and the addition of some color. Only one negative, it's about 4x harder to ink up intaglio than it is block prints, 
and a whole lot messier.

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