Collagraph: Man Among the Palms

Man Among the Palms 5.75x5 collagraph with colored pencil  sold
Available in my Etsy Shop
I made the plate for this print 5 years ago, while experimenting with the abstract effects of layered construction paper on collagraphs.  I have two new collagraphs using this same process in the studio now, and it's always interesting to see how work evolves, and skitters off into new directions when you repeat a process enough to get familiar with it's potential.

I added a tint of color to this black ink print with colored pencil, buffed into the paper to give it a soft, expressionistic look. The process shots begin at the bottom of this post, and more details about building collagraphs like this can be found in previous posts here, here and here.

Man Among the Palms in scale

The collagraph print before adding color

The collagraph plate, inked, lightly wiped and ready to print
Detail of the collagraph plate

The collagraph plate with details of layered paper and incised lines
Made from scrap mat board and kid-grade construction paper,
cut, layered and adhered/sealed with Liquitex Gloss Medium Varnish

The collagraph plate under construction
Art Quote
It is unfortunate that [Degas'] execution is always so inadequate & that his taste leads him to the bizarre or ugly, rather than the graceful. He has an unfortunate weakness for pink-skirted dancers and yawning laundresses. Unhappily, Degas does not have the eye of a colorist nor always the hand of a draftsman. ~C. Bigot,critic from La Revue Politique et Litteraire 1876


dinahmow said...

I particularly like his head.I sometimes use torn printing paper in my plates.

And I note that the scathing comment about Degas is from a Mr.Bigot. Perhaps his name made him such a curmudgeon?

Belinda Del Pesco said...

@Diane - I'd love to see your torn paper plates.... are they on your blog? And yes, I caught the Mr Bigot name too. He must have been blind as well. :)

Barbara Muir said...

Love this. Super work.