Drawing challenge over! Moving on ……

OK, so I only managed to draw on 10 out of 28 days in February.  I should be feeling like a failure, but I’m not.  This is more drawing in a month than ever before, so I’m at least on the right track.  I’m resolved to start my new drawing challenge and run it throughout April, meantime I’ll try to fit in what I can with a busy work schedule.

And it’s not like I’ve done nothing else, creatively.  Paper-making with size was interesting, and time-consuming, and I’m also back at the print studio every Friday.

Ah, the beauty of clean sheets of glass waiting to be rolled with luscious printing inks; the sticky gluey sound as inks are mixed up into exactly the right colour and consistency …..

….. the expectation and excitement of how collagraph plates will print – having spent many an hour creating and sealing them …..

(Above: mountboard cut into a ‘jigsaw’ ready for surface texture and sealing – see right image – thereby creating a set of collagraph plates ready for printing)

….. the choosing of paper – tearing it to size, soaking and blotting it ready to receive an image.  Bliss!!

Trial 1:

Not enough ink coverage, not enough colour variety,a reasonable indication of how my chosen textures will come through though.

Trial 2:

Much better.  Don’t like the colour scheme?  Well, that’s because you don’t know what it’s for.  Let me give you a clue, these prints will be an integral part of my latest artist book using the original prints from this post.  They looked terrible at the first stage as well – but wait until the project is completed before you criticize.  It’s going to take a few weeks.


About Claire B

I am a passionate printmaker, paper maker and book artist. I'm a 'forever' student and frequently attend courses and workshops to extend and improve my creative skills.
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3 Responses to Drawing challenge over! Moving on ……

  1. Bella says:

    This is so interesting. I am looking forward to seeing where you take it. 🙂

    • Claire B says:

      Making these individual collagraph plates that fit together has been fun and I’m looking forward to building the set of prints now. Working in these vibrant colours is interesting and I can’t wait to put them together with my darker prints to see the drama come through.

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