Another revisitation. Brent and I spent 6 weeks in a cottage in Back of Keppoch near Arisaig in Autumn 2015. This is really where I started my method of plein aire water colour painting as the inspiration for my printing. I haven't yet used all the images I collected yet - I return to them every so often - the outline of Eigg/Rum is just so iconic.
This is the plein aire watercolour sketch on a prepared background ( gesso and acrylic paint)
This is the last print left of the original edition.
This is the original plate
This is the new plate. I just love collagraph plates. Brent prefers them to the prints! The textures are provided by tiling cement, masking tape, liquitex gloss medium, cuts into the mountboard and mountboard surface. I have another sketch with geese in it.
This is the first print - I was dissatisfied with how poorly the texture was shown. I decided to add a couple of rollovers - ie the plate was inked up intaglio and wiped and then I rolled over the top half with a very pale (lots of extender) red and the bottom half with a still quite pale orange. This brings out the texture of a collagraph plate. I also added a fence to lead the eye into the print.
So this is one of the final prints. Rollovers are fairly idiosyncratic things - so each print is subtley