Collograph

 
 

If you follow me on Snapchat (the name is VictoriaRiza) you'll see many snaps of me printmaking. My husband works at Weber State, and because of his lovely faculty benefits, I can take classes for fun! Am I at that point in my life where classes are fun now? Well, if it makes me sound old, no big deal, I'm having fun. In a class. Cause I'm not getting graded, suckas! All seriousness, I'm truly loving it cause I've been dreaming of delving into serigraphy since I was in high school. Thank my obsession with Mr. Warhol. 

So here I am, back in the printmaking world. When I was at BYU-Idaho I was doing intaglio. I miss working with copper, minimal colors, and my favorite, the chin col'e process. However, I have experienced very little stress with screen printing. I find it odd cause I've ever know printmaking to be stress induced, so I wonder if I'm doing this right. Or perhaps all that yoga is finally doing its trick! The first 'assignment' was a collagraph  print. This process, however easy to understand, was difficult for me to execute. I have only ever worked with black ink and the only color I've introduced to my work was cut paper, via chin col'e. So it was hard for me to envision an image that I create with this process.

 
 

This is the first time I've ever mixed inks. I don't know if other artist understand this, but I get color mixing and coordinating in watercolor and paper, but it was difficult with inks! I don't get it. Maybe I need to take another color theory class.

As you can see below I was testing out the the sea green, gold yellow and aubergine purple. I saw these colors work out in a interior setting and I loved it. However, I wasn't feeling the color combo. It wasn't translating right in printmaking. I was quite bummed about it because the sea green underneath the purple was coming through, creating this beautiful color! But it was time to reassess. 

 
 

I had the original green that created the sea green. I was looking at it and knew this is what I'll use to create the ghost girl. Boom, the colors were feeling right! However, I still had the issue of inking her up. I was having a difficult time wiping consistently. That cheese cloth and carborundum weren't best friends. 

 
 

That's when I saw all the brayers and thought, "I'm gonna roll the damn ink on!" I was so frustrated with inking the carborundum plate and getting flaky results. So taking the easy route it is! I much preferred how the 'ghost' lady looked when the ink was rolled on. However, the class wasn't digging it and they much preferred the variety of values from wiping the carborundum plate. Anyway, here it is. And this is where I abandon it.