|Collagraph, Fiddle Head Fern (Abstract Study)|
Sunday, June 9, 2013
Collagraphy is one of my favorite techniques for creating interesting and unusual art. This art form was taught in a design class I took several years ago. Collagraphs are created by applying material onto a flat substrate such as plastic, paperboard or wood. I used yarn to shape what looks like fiddle head ferns. I then glued the yarn shapes onto the substrate. Once the glue dried completely, I applied printmaking ink pigment onto the textured image using a roller and paintbrush. Next, I centered the imaged substrate onto a wet sheet of 140lb watercolor paper and positioned the paper on the print press. The final result is a collagraph. I used green and yellow gouache on the final image for interest. Lace, yarn, saran wrap or fine wire mesh can easily be molded to create interesting shapes or images.