Yes I realise on December 1st I said ‘next week I can apply ink and print with it’… and I did, but everything got so hectic with the CD Design and Book Design deadlines I just forgot to blog the results…
After using my collagraph to emboss I couldn’t wait for the varnish to dry so I could ink it up… and it was worth the wait – I love this printing technique!
The first inking – Oooh how exciting!
The first print – Oooh!
Then I got a bit more adventurous – it still had some blue ink left on it, but I re-inked it with red too! (Not all parts, just some… going for a fading effect kind of)
The unveil… Oooh how exciting – I can see some parts are purple from where the inks have mixed :)
Oh, I DO like this… what do you think?
Then, if you didn’t think I could get any more experimental… you were wrong! I re-inked and placed squares of scrim onto the collagraph, making sure that they overlayed in some places…
I always like lifting it up to have a sneaky peak and voila:
Now, I decided it wasn’t quite finished. I didn’t want to just stick it down to a piece of paper to keep it in tact either, so I raided the bookmaking box and used some thread to loosely sew/stitch it together around the edges. I used small crosses/ cross stitch (X) in some of the overlapping places to add a nice detail and complete the handmade feel of the piece I got ink all over my hands, wrists and desk at college but managed not to get any on my clothes so bonus point for me I think
What do you think?
I’m gonna take some better photos of this but I haven’t decided how would be best yet… keep watching for an edit but still comment on what you see now of course