I am really enjoying making these collagraph plates. I love the way I can adjust the colors but best of all I like the way they are semi permanent.
Don't get me wrong. I do love the gelatin plate but there are a few things I don't like about printing that way. For instance I always feel rushed when I am composing on the gelatin plate. The paint dries out so quickly even though I am using open acrylics. I feel so much pressure to get the composition the way I want it. I think it is because I work so slowly. I like to move things around until I get the pieces in the exact place I want them. On the gelatin plate I can't do that. So I waste a lot of prints due to bad or incomplete composition. Plus I hate waste. I really do. All that paper piles up. There is just so much collaging one can do.....
The other thing I don't like is the transient nature of the plates. If I do a successful design and print it, then that's it. I can't reproduce it. It is a one off and that is it. Not necessarily a bad thing but I sometimes do something I really like and then "poof" the plate is gone.
These collagraph plates are only made of styrofoam and masking tape but they will last for a good while. Until I am tired of the design and have moved on that is.
Have a lovely weekend everyone!