You have to love the power of YouTube. I found some cool little videos about printmaking. This one called "Final Ink" was sped up and set to music. I thought it was pretty cool. If you've never seen how a print is made, watch this clip.
I've posted two other videos on the sidebar to the right.
My instructor brought in a very large Canna Leaf from her garden for me to make a monotype with. These prints are 22 x 28 inches. I had to use a full sheet of paper. It was my first time doing so. I had to have other class members help me align the paper to the plate.
At first I didn't want to use the leaf, in fear of making a mistake. In the end I'm really glad I did. It came out so nice. We ran the leaf through the press twice so the juices wouldn't ruin the prints. I ran the first print on newsprint. Then peeled off the leaf leaving the first initial ink on the plate. I really like this method. I love how you see the veins in the leaf. Overall I got three prints from the leaf. With the amount of ink I used, I could have got 5 prints.
I did run into one problem, the paper warped slightly. I'm not sure how to prevent this when drying my prints. It happens often. I place them on a flat surface, yet they warp upward.
I had a great time experimenting with fresh leaves. I also was able to get 3 prints from the same plate. The cognate or ghost print was always better than the first. The details of the leaves came out really well.
These were created from my original photos of Detroit. I then made xerox copies of them and used a gum arabic transfer method with sepia ink to create the final print.
For all those that commented: It is a process where you wipe a gum arabic solution over your xerox and it is resisted by the black areas. This allows you to roll your inked brayer over the xerox and coat all the black areas with ink. Meanwhile your white areas stay clean and clear. A high contrast image is best.
I made a lovely series of three like these, but in blue, for my friend back in March.
"Deer in Flight" This has been my favorite print so far. I used a combination of real plants and paper to create it. I hand drew the deer design. I created many different versions of it. Some have typography or sheet music overlaid on top. This was done using a gum arabic transfer method.
"Sitting Bear" I added real plant life to this collagraph. I also created this in purple and sepia.
"Robin Song" This is a collagraph I created by first sketching a design then cutting out the paper shapes. I also created this in a burnt yellow color.
"Snowshoe" This is a collagraph also made with paper cut outs.
"Horse Concerto" The horse is an etching. The sheet music was a second run done with gum arabic.
"Quail" I added cedar leaves to this collagraph. The rest is a paper design.
"Turntable" -Not for sale- I created this turntable collagraph earlier in the year as a gift to a music lover. To get the dark and moody look, I wiped certain areas more with a coarsely woven cloth called a tarleton.
"Detroit Techno" -Sold- This is a variation built on the first original collagraph. This version has a the Detroit skyline and Detroit techno DJs placed on top using the gum arabic transfer method. One print is available in a dark blue color.
This was my first collagraph done last year. I quickly fell in love with the texture and style. Now it is my preferred method of printmaking. The master plate was created with office paper glued to mat board. You do not need a deep thickness to create lines and form.
I'm an artist from southeast Michigan. I love many forms of art. My current passion is printmaking. I also love photography and painting. I make my living as a graphic designer for a television station.