|Civil Engineers 7x7 Collagraph with colored pencil on Arches paper|
Available in my Etsy Shop.
Process shots for this collagraph (sometimes spelled collograph) begin at the bottom of this post. If you'd like to make one, you can see others in process, with details on the assembly and supplies here and here and here. Go ahead - Make something. :o)
The reference photo for this was snapped by MKH (thanks, darlin') on a beach in Oahu two years ago, while my husband and grandson were building sand castles. I've had it in a "To be Painted" file ever since, because I love the earnestness of attention in their posture. While working on another collagraph with an aqua & green watery back drop earlier this week, it occurred to me that the linear elements of this image might be a fun little print too, so here it is.
|Civil Engineers drying on my multi-purpose Richeson Easel :o)|
|Pulling a collagraph|
|Pulling a collagraph on my Takach etching press|
|Applying Akua Intaglio ink to the plate with a bristle brush|
|Re-wetting the darkest areas and adding carborundum for velvety darks|
|Peeling away layers to create wells and recesses to hold carborundum and ink|
|Sealing the plate with Liquitex Gloss Medium & Varnish - |
using a bondo scraper (you can get them at a hardware or auto parts store)
In 1968, Eugenia Parry Janis published Degas Monotypes. It became a catalyst that ignited contemporary interest & artistic research in the field of monotype. She catalogued 321 of Degas' monotypes. Further study by others puts the number closer to 500. Degas & several artists in his group, most notably Mary Cassatt & Camille Pissarro, decided to use printmaking as a method to strengthen their drawing skills, so for Degas, the immediacy in the monotype process became especially attractive. When viewing Degas' monotypes, it becomes clear that the process brought his painting & printmaking closer together. ~Kurt Wisneski
|Photos of art happening in between posts|