International Printers Network- Collograph Demo- Progress Report #3

Good Morning!

I’ve been busy the past week-hands on artwork on the Man Who Couldn’t Hear Orange.  Making some odd discoveries about the finishing of the background textile area.  Serendipitous solutions happening.  Will post pix when finished with the oddity section!

Wanted to share a website for printmakers.  I joined up and made a swell page in under and hour.  It’s Free!  I ended up with a page /picture gallery that can be viewed as a slide show. Artist’s statement.  You can upload video/links/and blog on the site.  Looks very clean and professional.

INKTERACTION     International Printmakers Network

This is the link to my page-check it out and see if it suits your needs!

http://inkteraction.ning.com/profile/JudithHladikVoss 

Today’s print is a drypoint collograph.  A direct and inexpensive way to print.  Does require a press!  The plate is made from matboard, coated front and back with artist’s acrylic gesso.  ( Usually 3 times front/twice back. Let dry between coatings.  You can texture the plate with brushstrokes, or make a relatively smooth surface.) The front and back are sprayed with an acrylic coating-twice each side).  All you need is an etching needle, or some similar sharp point to draw into the plate.

I used oil printers ink-not too stiff! and a tarlatan to wipe/finish wipe with newspaper. I used a strong, colored Japanese paper-wet! to print. This print was Chine collé’d to Tan Rives BFK when the original print had dried. I can get at least 10-20 images from a plate. Since drypoint can be so unforgiving, I find this frees me up to be more experimental.  So much cheaper than copper!

Clean up should use very little liquid/solvent.  The more wet the plate gets, the shorter time it will last.  The liquid seeps into the lines of the plate and the paper absorbs it.  A good idea to edition the plate in one or two sessions.

I usually prepare multiple plates at a time-in modest sizes-so i have a stock on hand when the mood strikes.  If you have any questions-contact me!

This print of coiled snakes has been printed on many colors of paper, and used in some of my Natural History monoprints…

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The Man Who Couldn’t “Hear” Orange!

Good Day to all of you!

Made a decision to finish this long standing project.  It has been hanging in my studio space for longer than I care to admit.

Have you ever been waylaid by life? I seem to have had a pattern of getting a tremendous artistic roll-ideas-time-energy! Then “something happens”.  It has been mostly matters of health and family in my case that have precluded my forward progress.  Do men do this?

Time to break out of this old story.  We are always in the middle of real life. Some events do stop one cold-for a while.  I was looking at a very large canvas of mine yesterday.  Remembering the circumstances in which I made it.  Very ill at the time-could only stand up for minutes at a time.  BUT! I really wanted to finish it.  And I did.

Found new resolve.  Hope this inspires away some of your excuses, too.  Let me know-we can all use the encouragement.

The Man Who Couldn’t “Hear” Orange was inspired by a story my father told of a man from the neighborhood.  For more detail pix: go to my website :   http://www.hladikvoss.com/prints.html

Go to Portfolio> It is under the Tactile Print list on the left.  Will be posting more as I finish sections.  The “man” model is my husband, Richard.

Feel free to ask me questions!

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This is the main image from Panel #4—

Coming soon! another project needing the final touches.  “Prom”  a video/installation piece.  I’ve even shown this in performance. ( Many thanks to Mary Ellen Croteau, and to Art on Armitage- Chicago, Illinois!). Need to get the “movie” version on YouTube, and finish editing the live version.  Then get  it on my website.  Yes, there are some pix on the website-under Tactile Prints!

Postcard for the Debut Performance