Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Collegiata di San Giuliano Print


Collograph Print in Raw Umber
image 14 x 21 cm on cream Grafia paper

This collograph was built up from shapes I cut out of textured Fabriano drawing paper and glued to my original sketch on a piece of mat board. The plate was then coated with several layers of acrylic medium and inked with oil based ink, wiped with talatan cloth and newsprint and run through the etching press.

Everything I've learned about collographs has been gleaned from artist/printmaker Belinda del Pesco. Belinda has generously posted a series of step-by-step demonstrations on collographs on her blog. She is a never-ending source of inspiration.

20 comments:

Charlene Brown said...

Isn't it great when a collograph emerges from that (very scary) run through the press, and looks this lovely! Thanks for the great link -- I haven't summoned up the nerve to try one of these for many years.

Robyn said...

Charlene - It is amazing that anything even close to beautiful could come from the plate I made. I used red and green paper for the cut-outs and HWEM (He who Encourages Me) asked if I was making a Christmas card. I could see he was hoping it wasn't for him! It was so ugly I couldn't bring myself to take a progress photo.

I'd love you to join in.

africantapestry said...

the plate may have looked terrible, but if this is how a terrible plate turns out, you should wish for more - it is bautiful1 I love the colour and it has a slight "old etch" feel to it which I love.
ronelle

sue said...

I think this is stunning. It's very elegant, and really expresses your love of place so well. I've been enjoying your forays into different creative work.

Cathy Gatland said...

Wow, this is so beautiful Robyn - I bet HWEM hopes now this IS for him after all. Do you have to have a press to make a collograph? I think I must pay Belinda a visit!

Robyn said...

Sue - Thank you. You are so generous with your encouragement.

Robyn said...

Cathy - Thank you :) HWEM isn't a big fan of the prints, he prefers my watercolours.
I think you would need a press for a collograph as the paper has to be pressed into the marks on the surface. The bonus is that one gets a beautiful embossed print.

Jeanette said...

This is beautiful. It has that ancient look to it in terms of subject and colour.

I've never tried collographs - perhaps easier on my hands than carving lino!

janie said...

very beautiful, I love your blog you are always doing something new and I always learn something, thanks

Joan said...

This is beautiful!!! I like the raw umber color for this subject...perfect!

Tgramberg said...

You should show the collograph too, its an art piece in itself with all of the different colors used.

Robyn said...

Jeanette - Thanks. If you have access to a press, I'm sure you'd love collographs. Don't pull any of your fish through the etching press though! ;)

Janie - Thank you, I'm glad you enjoy the variety, I just see it as my totally inability to focus.

Joan - Thank you. I'm coming to see all your Paris watercolours!

Travis - That's very sweet - I may tack a photo of the plate on the end of my next post. I hope you're going to get in and complete that last monoprint over the weekend.

caseytoussaint said...

Robyn this is lovely. Everythinng I know about collographs I've learned from this blog, so I can't give a technical opinion, but theimage on my screen is very cool.

Pat said...

Is it Ok if when Charlene comes over I come over too? We can do prints together. I would love to see the plate also. Lovely work Robyn.

Robyn said...

Casey - Thank you, cool is great!

Pat - I think it definitely calls for a Sketchercise works outing - 'printmaking holiday.' :)

Felicity said...

I can only add to the chorus of approval!;) I love this!

Robyn said...

Felicity - I'm delighted to have you in my chorus of approval :)

Caroline said...

This is super! Now I'm inspired to have go at collographs but the lack of a handy press could be a problem! Thanks for the link to Belinda's site - what a mine of information!

Amie Roman said...

Love this! What a great feel. I hope you do more of these.

Robyn said...

Caroline - You will find lots of treasures and inspiration on Belinda's blog.

Amie - Thank you :)

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