|Island Fox 7.25x5.25 inch Collagraph with watercolor &|
colored pencil on asian paper
Available in my Etsy shop. Sold
Process shots start at the bottom of this post.
I went on a hike on Santa Cruz Island (part of the Channel Islands off the coast of California) a few weeks ago, and as I rounded a bend on the path, I saw an Island Fox headed in my direction. He stopped on the path and sat down a few yards ahead of me, and we both took a moment to make eye contact, and study each other. The island foxes are dwarfed - and this one was a little smaller than a cat - and adorably cute. After awhile, the little fox got up and scampered off the path, and disappeared through the tall grass. It was a lovely visit, and I've been day dreaming about foxes ever since. What encounters with animals have influenced the work you make in your studio?
|Adding pigments to the print after the ink dried|
|Pulling a test print on my Takach press|
|Cutting into the back of a scrap sheet of mat board|
|Sharp exacto knife carving angled lines into the uppermost layer of|
the reverse side on a scrap of mat board to peel it away, making little wells to hold ink.
|Fox doodle as a reference on the left - for the collagraph plate on the right|
|This little guy was resting on a Eucalyptus trunk, down near the |
shore as I was leaving the island. This photo doesn't give you a sense
of scale, but he was only about 18 inches long. Perfect lap-napping size. :)
Collagraphs are considered to be a form of intaglio (from the Italian word meaning 'to cut into') because lines and textures are created on a matrix or plate to hold ink, which is then transferred to paper in the same manner as etching, drypoint and engraving. The intaglio or collagraph plate may also be relief-rolled in the manner of traditional woodblock printing. Both intaglio-wiping (ink is held in the incised lines and textures after the plate has been wiped) and relief-rolling (ink is on the surface of the plate; the incised lines are ink-free) may be used interchangeably - and are often used together, juxtaposing and combining different colors and viscosities of ink for visual effects.
from Practical Mixed Media Printmaking Techniques by Sarah Riley