Sunday, January 03, 2010

More Collagraphs

Well, I am "high" on collagraphs. I feel really revitalized somehow with doing these. Maybe in part because you can get started with such basic, have around the house, tools. I made two more plates last night. Both printings came out differently and I'm not sure why. Am open to suggestions about that.

In this case the plate itself is pretty cool.

On this plate I glued a lot of different types of papers and materials, a piece of string, some plastic lace etc. just to see what sort of pattern they would make. So far my collagraphs are pretty simple and basic. But this is a link to some super sophisticated and gorgeous collagraphs by Stefan Barton.


I feel full of energy and life. I don't know what happened. I had been feeling so DEARTH like and dreary and hopeless and now ZING! I hope to take a six week on-line class with creativity coach Leslie Avon Miller. I signed up for a local 3 week class on writing memoirs, mostly just to meet new people who are interested in writing. That will be good if the weather cooperates. And I feel a new enthusiasm about getting myself launched out of here. Can all this really relate to the year transition???

26 comments:

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Oh yes, that full blue moon can bring out the best in us and to occur at the beginning of a new year. You just can't help but to be energized. I love the new technique you are using.

Lisa at Greenbow said...

P.S. Your enthusiasm is contagious.

sukipoet said...

Oh gosh. I totally didnt factor in the full moon. I havent been able to see the moon for three or so days due to grey snowy skies.

~Babs said...

Suki, these collographs are just outstanding!
No wonder you are 'high'.
Make more!

katie jane said...

Whatevery did it, I'm so glad it happened!! Now you sound much more like your old self, the one I have been missing for so long. I think your new work is very exciting. I especially like the long amber one and the moon and stars. Perhaps you could create a series and show them somewhere. These are so nice. Stay on this roll and good luck with your classes. Zing, Zing!

Cris, Artist in Oregon said...

Happy to hear the zing is back in your life. A new year of beginnings. a new project.. a wonderful new project. Keep up the good work. I see something coming of all this. Yeaaa Suki is back. :))

Teri C said...

Isn't it amazing how a success can revitalize us! These are so interesting Suki.

Lynn said...

Wonderful art, yours and his...how fun. Am happy for you feeling uplifted this way, energized. Great plans these classes too. Get you out and about and moving and jiving! Carry this energy in to making more plans and changes in the new year! It is happening!!!

~Babs said...

I had to come back and look again,,,,yep, they're still fantastic!
This success even makes the cold and snow tolerable, doesn't it?

willow said...

Ooo, yes, the plate itself is WAY cool, Suki!!

Mary said...

these are totally awesome--glad to see you having fun creating! i am starting a challenge using stuff we have and you might like it ;-)

http://bit.ly/4Y8J6E

Blue Sky Dreaming said...

Sure like hearing about your new energy! Collagraphs are fun... I too have loved the plates as much or more than the prints! These prints are great too!

studio lolo said...

Oh Suki, how wonderful it is to see you so jazzed!! I love the prints and I can't wait to try some.

Marianne pointed out that numeralogically this year equals a 3 which is all about creativity ;)

There you have it!!

patti said...

Your artwork is interesting and kind of ancient looking... i like it a lot!

So good you have found your spark again Suki! :) I'm a firm believer in the full moon's power and a blue one is just what we all needed!

lakeviewer said...

I came in from Willow Manor, and enjoyed your post.

Jill said...

Oh, it is really quite lovely. The colors are warm and inviting too.
I popped over by way of dear Willow's place and I am so glad I did!

Queenmothermamaw said...

I also came over from Willow's place. Love your art. I did journals for 10 of my grands using a collage decoupage technique. Some of them were vintage and some more sporty for the boys. I will be back. blessings
QMM

willow said...

I just posted on the Lincoln stereocard you sent me, Suki. ;^)

kikipotamus said...

Suki, I like your collographs better. I am feeling an infusion of energy, too, and quite inexplicably. Whatever is causing it, I SO welcome it!

layers said...

Your collographs are great -- and yes even the plate is interesting- sort of how we collage artists work.

The Painted Lady said...

Hi Suki, popped over from Willow's site. Your collagraphs are lovely! Also check out the children's book: Wabi Sabi by Mark Reibstein. Full haiku and collage art!

In answer to your question about why your collagraphs don't print the same... collagraphs won't print the same. Each one will be unique - an "artist's proof".

If you print without ink you will create an embossing and each one will be exactly the same. (You will need to coat your plate with acrylic polymer to seal it. Then coat it with a dusting of baby powder before embossing to keep the plate from sticking to your paper.) I'm sure there are steps on this in printmaking books with more detail:) Hope this helps!

The Adventurous Art Teacher said...

Love your collograph's and your blog.
Willow's link sent me over and I'll be back.

sukipoet said...

Gosh, hello to all you folks coming from Willow's blog. So sweet of her to link to me re: sterotypes and viewmasters! thanks for your kind words and suggestion. And welcome

Julie said...

What an interesting technique!!! I also agree the plate itself is awesome!!! I would hang that on the wall!!!

Annie said...

I love these Suki and the plates are indeed wonderful works of art too. I can't wait to make some of my own, you have inspired me.
So glad you are feeling so zingy
:-).

stefan barton said...

Thanks for the kind words. Keep making collagraphs! Stefan