Saturday, April 6, 2013

More Collagraph Experiments


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!

5 comments:

Reshma at colorcanopy.blogspot.com said...

Awesome! I love that ethereal look of the final print!
I can well imagine the amount of paper that's going on...but you know that's how experiments work and the marks of a designer is!

Have a good weekend too!

Roberta said...

Thanks so much Reshma!

Kimberly said...

I can see why that would be frustrating. Most of the people I know that are enjoying the gelli plates are using them more in "process" or freeing up their muse types of experimentation. I had forgotten about collographs, I really enjoyed them in my printmaking classes. Do you have your own press, Roberta? Hey, I meant to ask if you ever made it to that art supply store in Tucson that had all of the nice paper?

Candace said...

You're very creative to keep coming up with all these processes.

trisha too said...

These are so much fun to make--both the plate and the print! Very fine, Roberta!

:)