but first- we saw these guys on our walk this morning. yes the hallster was with us- she was very good. and they obviously haven't been harassed, as they were more curious than scared. this taken with the canon powershot at max zoom. they were pretty close.
the class was frottage, which means rubbing in french, not fromage, which means cheese (tho there was cheese involved at the end, really!) thanks judy- i took spanish, not french.....
amy nack, our teacher, explaining basics the first night-
we went right to the studio, where amy had a bunch of textural items for us to play with. we had packs of various lightweight papers- mulberry, tissue, etc. and red, blue, yellow & black ink. amy has found that it's easier to do the collage step if the color options are limited in the printmaking phase, which makes sense. prints made by putting the item under the paper then going over it with a roller not too heavily covered in ink.
as i have no imagination, i couldn't quite figure out what to take with me to use for making marks, but after i got the gist of it i went home and hit my studio. i used stamps, stencils and some metal texture plates that i bought for some unknown reason (they were on sale) years ago. my ink was too watery, so the results are sloppier, but i think that acrylic paint will work just fine. we used akua ink stiffened with magnesium carbonate in class. you want stiffer rather than runny for crisper images.
this is what i came up with at home-
i brought the kitchen sink to class tonight. you know, just in case. i did use some of it, really.
the 2 brilliant head slappers were 1) using mylar as a surface to prepare the collage piece because you can position it exactly where you want to b/c you can see (place the collage paper upside down on the mylar, apply the glue, then turn the mylar sheet over & place on the background paper where you want it) and 2) if you "lint" your painter's tape be fore using it- by literally picking up lint from your clothing by pressing & picking it up- the tape won't pull up your paper.
sadly, my clothes had no lint, so i had paper pull up, but i figure that i can lock the cat in the studio with me and that will work too. this is me actually laying out a collage for a change.
here's the fromage! gotta love a teacher who serves wine & cheese at the end of a stressful 2 night class. well, it was only stressful when she told me i didn't get any wine after i made some smart ass remark....
i love this technique and can see myself incorporating it into lots of future mm projects. it's a great way to add texture and layers and i think that i can use oilbar and other media too.
here are what i ended up with- some ready for the print bin at the gallery, some wanting just a bit more.....
and yes, i am now lusting for a box of letterpress letters. maybe i'll find some on sale cheap somewhere some day.
and now- off to sleep. happy friday all!