I’ve revisited a few of my favourite old collagraph plates and reprinted them as part of my ongoing Connectivity project.
I’ve always enjoyed jigsaws and these prints are made from a selection of small collagraph plates abutted to create that effect. Over time these plates have produced some of my best works; resulting in wall art, book covers and now book pages. The studio print tutor was very stressed that part of the top design didn’t fully print and white areas remain but I like that. My cut-away semi-rectangular shapes are quite deep and don’t always grab enough ink to fully complete the pattern, but the results work for me.
Parts of another well-used collagraph plate and a new colour scheme; a deep red with a touch of sepia then mixed with 70% translucent base. Other sections are sepia with 80% translucent mix.
Couldn’t resist using up some spare ink that was about to be discarded by another classmate and I’ve achieved a great result.
Endless fascination that a change in colour and ink distribution gives such different results.
These print plates are particular favourites of mine and I’d like to build more along similar lines as I find the effects endlessly interesting.
Love these, too – but then I do like those plates! And, as Judy says, the colour changes make give a whole different effect. Of course, I imagine these on fabric too – wow!
I kind of get the tutor wanting perfect results, I guess that’s what they’re trying to teach students? But it reallylooks good as it is – I think something would be lost if there was less white.
Thanks Nola. I was looking at some of the printing I did on fabric a while ago and am still loving them so I think it might be another direction I need to explore further.