My collagraph plate was inspired by one of the dead, old oak trees that I see on my walks through the Bedfordshire countryside: always silhouetted against the sky is one or more crows and ravens, congregating on the branches watching over the fields.
I used teased out string glued onto the mountboard to create tree bark and bird feathers. I created the branches out of textured wallpaper and made marks in it with a knife.
After the plate was varnished and dried with a hairdryer, it was time to ink up the plate using brushes. I wanted to create an atmospheric moonlit effect so I combined blues and used plenty of extender.
I hope you like the result. 🙂
The printed plate was hand pulled through an etching press. I used damp watercolour paper. Every collagraph print is different. I achieved a ghost print which was much lighter too.
Love the darker bird and blue shape.
Thanks Brenda. I love trying different ways of illustrating my work. 🙂
Magical work, love it! xo Johanna
Thank you. I like being magical! 🙂
Wonderful. Love your works of art
Thanks Raewyn. There never seem to be enough hours in the day, but I always enjoy making them. 🙂
Thank you for your comment. I love making collagraphs, they are so tactile and earthy! 🙂