There’s no denying printmaking has become a minor obsession since the day in January 2013 when I walked into the studio to ‘give it a go’.
I was looking for another angle on image-making which I just couldn’t seem to quite achieve with paints alone, and it has sent me on a journey.
Mostly it has been a pleasant one, but WOW, some days have left me feeling bereft of talent and struggling; feeling as if I am sinking into an abyss of failed work and crushed aspirations. Dramatic? Well, it is! It puts me in a sombre mood for days when things have not gone according to plan.
So, I made what has been the third series in a study of the stones at Avebury, starting with creating printing plates from mount board and strong PVA glue.
When I got them into the workshop, I just could not seem to get the right mix of texture and colour. Lunch break saw me with a headache, sore eyes and back, and a feeling the afternoon was going to be more of the same.
Never one to give up, I was still of the same opinion when the session finished and packed up my work for home. Usually I put everything out to dry, take snaps, feel happy. This time they remained in the portfolio case, and I imagined them heading for the fire.
Many an artist has told me to put things away which are making me unhappy and retrieve them later with a fresh eye. It is something I have done many times in the past, so should know by now.
Experimenting at first with pulling away a lot of ink (above), this print was meant to focus on the embossing effect that collagraph gives.
HATE this one!
I preferred this last selection out of all the prints but was still not happy.
The next day, I took a second look.
Then, I saw what was happening. Just needed a space, that’s all!
These prints will be cropped and framed to demonstrate the 3D, textured surfaces.
I will go back to try for more in this series as I have a couple of plates not yet used, so who knows what else will come out of it? Fingers crossed I like the result!