Warship, Collagraph intaglio
19 x 16
This image is the result of my preoccupation with industrial forms, structures and light to produce a dynamic mood. The term collagraph refers to the method of constructing a printing plate, which is inked, wiped and printed like an etching. The plate base is 1/8 inch masonite onto which organza fabric is laminated with acrylic medium. If inked, wiped and printed, this would produce an even, dark tone. Further applications of acrylic liquid and paste progressively fill the texture of the fabric and can make lighter tones all the way to white. The paste is used for textures and lines in the print. The “Warship” plate was inked with yellow at the top, grading to red in the middle and blue-black at the bottom. These oil-based colors were blended using a tarlatan wiping of the plate. Highlights we created by using a paper wipe just before printing.