January 11, 2014

If I Woke at Dawn, Work in Progress update 2


If I Woke at Dawn, Work in Progress detail 2, by Sue Reno I’ve started the beadwork on “If I Woke at Dawn”, working on adding delineation and sparkle to the river water.  Doing hand beadwork is wonderfully meditative, giving my hands just enough to do so that my mind can enjoy some quality contemplative time.  As I worked I considered my options for presentation for this work—at just under 20”, it’s an awkward size to stand alone.  I decided to create a separate background quilt to mount it on.
Collograph printing, image 1, by Sue Reno
I want the background to continue the river landscape theme, but to be muted enough that the beaded centerpiece will display to its best advantage.  Since I am purposefully taking some time this month for experimentation and exploration, I decided to try collagraph, a new-to-me technique of printmaking.  I gathered my materials, including mat board for the base, string and twine, beads, foam, fabric scraps, bubble wrap, and hand made paper.  I arranged and glued my materials to the mat board to make two different printing plates, and when the glue was dry I coated them with varnish to seal the surface and left it all to dry overnight.Collograph printing, image 2, by Sue Reno
Today I made a bunch of prints.  I used a Gelli Plate as a surface for spreading textile paints, pressed my collagraph plate into it to make an impression, then lifted the paint off it onto a piece of cloth.  I then made a “ghost print” by pressing cloth directly onto the collagraph plate. I used a variety of different colors, and printed on both plain white fabric, and fabric I had previously done surface design work on.  It took some experimentation to get a feel for just how much paint to use and how to spread it.  I had a great time and got some very usable prints.  The less-than-acceptable ones are still very good for cutting up and using in patchwork. Here they are pinned up on foam boards to dry.
Collograph printing, image 3, by Sue Reno
Here’s a nice crisp print, where you can see the suggestion of the river’s flow, and the textures along the riverbanks.Collograph printing, image 4, by Sue Reno
And here’s the ghost print in the same colorway.
Collograph printing, image 5, by Sue Reno
Here’s one done on previously painted orange fabric.
Collograph printing, image 6, by Sue Reno  And one done on a purple background.
Collograph printing, image 7, by Sue Reno
As often happens, the mop up cloth is also pretty fabulous!
Collograph printing, image 8, by Sue Reno

1 comment:

scorchedeyebrowstudio said...

I want to play at your house, Sue! This looks like fun. It also looks, not surprisingly, just spectacular.