My original inspiration for trying Collagraphy was coming across an image on a greetings card by Northumberland artist Carol Nunan and wondering how she produced such evocative work.
After a lot of research and several youtube videos later this image is one of my first ever collagraphs produced by hand. Needless to say this is not the only one as it takes several if not many goes to get a consistent and successful result. The beginning of a new creative journey!
This is one of my series of “Dancer” prints of a red crested crane. The image on the right is the plate that it was printed from. I love the plates almost more than the prints themselves. They are a piece of artwork in their own right with textures, carved lines and spaces and items stuck on, finished with a layer of shellac which produces the ochre coloured finish.
One problem I have encountered with printmaking unlike painting is reproducing it digitally here. Both scanning and photographs do not quite make the grade and (although I say it myself!) the images are much better in the flesh.
The wings are created by using a paper case used for cooking muffins.
Northumberland and the Scottish borders yielded some great scenery for me and lots of birds on the shore and the islands. I bought a card with a print of Lindisfarne on it and was inspired to try these collograph and monoprints.
Jenny Wren singing her heart out……
I believe this is field of blue is linseed or flax.
Looking for ways to describe a new format!