So, first here are the collagraph plates - made by painting with pva glue on cardboard, then when dry, the whole thing is varnished to make it waterproof. (it has to be waterproof because to print from theses plates, damp paper has to be used...if the surface of the plate is not sealed, the damp paper reactivates the glue and it all sticks together - Not good!!) I hope you get an idea of the lovely textures that can be achieved using this technique...when I get around to printing them, you will be able to see the beautiful quality of line that this surface creates!
|Barn Owl Collagraph Plate|
|Boobok Owlet Collagraph Plate|
|Boobok Owl Collagraph Plate|
|Barn Owl Collagraph Plate 2|
|Woolley, Eagle Owl Collagraph Plate|
|Eagle Owl Collagraph Plate 2|
|Falcon in flight, monoprint|
|Eagle Head, monoprint|
|Harris Hawk, monoprint|
|Eagle Owl, monoprint|
|Barn Owl, monoprint|
Then, I played with them and added a bit of acrylic paint to add a hint of colour.... These now render the prints above non-existent. As its name suggests, a monoprint is a 'one of a kind' .
|Eagle, monoprint with colour wash|
|Barn Owl, monoprint with colour wash|
|Falcon in flight, monoprint with colour wash|
|Eagle Owl, monoprint with colour wash|
|Hawk in flight 2, monoprint with colour wash|
|Eagle Head, monoprint with colour wash.|
You can see the difference between a mono print and drawing - these prints were made by drawing, but the act of drawing on the plate through the back of the paper picks up extra ink which creates this atmospheric look to the image.
With 'texture' being a bit of a focus this week, I made a start on a large scale (3ft x 2ft) textured painting, using the acrylic texture paste I bought last week! Trying this new technique, I decided to use Woolley, a familiar subject to paint. I've only made a basic start - there's a long way to go on this one! I've used the texture medium both on its own, and mixed with the acrylic paint...what you see here is the 1st application. I'm working on framers board which I primed with gesso so it looks pretty stark black and white - I can't wait to get my teeth into this... Hopefully, I'll find some time in the next week - but its looking very busy... Sadly, this photo doesn't show the texture very well - hopefully it will become more apparent as the painting develops?
|Woolley - Acrylic on Board 3ft x 2 ft|
To finish this week's blog, I am pleased to show this next painting, and to wish its new owner a VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!
This is a portrait of 'Yuri', my friend Lon's dog. Slightly daunting, painting a portrait for a fellow artist, but I am pleased with the result!
|'Yuri', Acrylic, 10" x 12"|
So that's me, all blogged out until next time!