Collograph & Watercolor: Sing
Sing 6.5 x 4.75 Collograph and Watercolor (Edition of 30)
Available for sale here.
I have a pile of email requests from folks I met last month at the San Diego show, and blog-readers - for more images on the collograph process. You'll find additional work in process shots here and here.
Cutting shapes for the plate; the color and pattern on the paper doesn't affect the print (unless the paper is textured), but I like looking at it. The grass and sky are from scrap book pads, and the tree was cut out of a print I made of one of my watercolors. The rest is construction paper. The base is a piece of matboard, coated with gloss medium & varnish first.
After several layers of gloss medium & varnish, I'm letting things dry before adding the bird. Just before pulling the first print, I dusted the whole plate - front & back - with talcum powder and ran it through the press. It flattens all the air bubbles under the paper, and the powder gets pushed into any sneaky, still-wet crevices of varnish.
Using a bondo scraper to push Daniel Smith bone black oil-based etching ink over the plate.
Using tarlatan cloth to buff the surface, and leave ink accumulated against the curbs of the paper.
Laying a sheet of soaked & blotted Rives BFK printmaking paper on the plate.
After a trip through the press, pulling the first print.
The print next to the plate. As soon as it's dry, you can play with watercolors, colored pencils, pastels, etc. Try it!