Tales of collagraphic owlsDiscovered a few very interesting printing blogs recently, one of which Melanie wickham lino prints has a fabulous dancing cats lino print.. it's very inspiring! I'm booked onto a lino printing course in March so I was searching for a bit of inspiration, in the meantime....
Decided to bit of collagraph printing, cheaper and quicker than lino printing, it needs only material I have lying around. Basically a collagraph is a collage from which a print can be made, any relief surface can be used, for this I used...
* Hot glue gun
* Piece of strong rigid board/cardboard
* Acrylic paint
* Old rolling pin (or printing brayer if you have one)
Lay your string out in whatever design you like...I added a few leaves for added texture, stick down with hot glue gun, or PVA (Glue gun is quicker) use brush or print brayer to cover the raised surface in paint, place on paper and roll firmly to get a print of collagraphed surface.
My owl is very simple.. make it as elaborate as you like.. then add watercolour washes to colour and decorate.
Little Owl 1
And finally the distinguished Little Owl 3.....