Last weekend I hosted Jet James from Yeppoon for a workshop exploring creative approaches to collagraph plates. He uses a PVC plate which gets around the problem of having to seal the plate with multiple coats of shellac as you would with book board etc. It also allows the use of some ingenious materials and drypoint techniques.
I enjoyed the creative process of creating the plates using a combination of embossing, drypoint and collage, giving a variety of marks and textures. The 'busy-ness' of imagery on my plate is what I really like when I'm doing my monoprinting. I can see that I can combine my monoprinting techniques with these collagraph plates, and am looking forward to playing more with it in the coming months.
During the workshop, we also had a play with inking using more than one colour, which gave beautiful images but in a workshop situation of a group of 10 keen printmakers was very messy!
|My bee print. I've explored this bee image in drypoint and|
lithograph, so its interesting to see it in a variety of
|Wren print, multicoloured inking.|
|The Wren plate and print in blue-black ink.|
|The chaos of multicolour printing.......|
|Show and tell at the end of the workshop.|
Great prints, great group of people!