Collagraph and collage
New print today. I created a new collagraph background and printed with burnt sienna and off white. I also layered strips of tape to resist the paint. Totally different background...I'm not sure if I like the very abstract look. Maybe I just don't like the colors. Next time, I will use my favorite greens and blues. I did have fun printing and over-printing the flowers with the purples and blue. I will try these colors on a different background. Collaged in orange paper to add contrast. Maybe it will end up in the cut up pile.
I can't resist making more prints. I have been calling them monotypes, but that would be incorrect. I apply the background paint to watercolor paper with my brayer. Sometimes I mix colors or put the acrylic paint directly on the paper. Then, I start adding details. I did use a cardboard plate with multipe colors and printed by using a spoon to rub the backside of the paper. I can lift the print to make sure that the paint has transfered. Next, I added a mixture of colors to my bubblewrap plate and printed. I highlighted the cardboard plate leaves, just painting half to get the purple edge on the leaves. I stamped a sponge leaf design on the green leaves. Next came a stamping of the long shapes with black, a plate I created. Lastly, I printed the coneflower shapes, adding color to give depth. This has at least three color applications. I collaged a piece from another print thinking I needed more color at the bottom. Now, I don't know a name for this method, but it is a combination of printing techniques. Next up, a new cardboard base for my background. Hmm, maybe something more sparse. Hmmm......