Carborundum Grit Aquatint Collagraph on Rives BFK
I finished this collagraph last week, just three days before its intended unveiling. It was made for an auction, raising funds for the Obama campaign. I had an impassioned speech that I gave at the request of the hosts, but I will spare you it, readers.
This collagraph is a carborundum grit aquatint: this style of collagraph involves painting with sand and glue, using a drawing as guide, onto a plate and then rubbing ink into the surface. The sand holds the ink and the glue is slick so it won't adhere. The plate is then run through a press transferring the ink from plate to paper.
Here's a picture of the plate while being made, with help from my cat Mulcifer. You can see the drawing that I used as the guide while I painted on the glue and carborundum. While I work, I have three separate bowls of glue and sand: one just glue, one with small amount of carborundum, and one with heavy carborundum. I also use a separate paint brush for each mixture.
Here's the actress Jennifer Lewis auctioning off my piece. She was hilarious and amazing for all 2 hours of the auction.
And a few more making of photos, this time without a cat. I printed an edition of 5 with one artist's proof at Josephine Press. To get a really good print, I should have done primarily handwipe on the plate, but wiping the carborundum is like wiping sandpaper so I used tarlatan followed by tons of paper wiping.