Creating a collagraph plate

I've taken two collagraph classes at the Irvine Fine Arts Center in the past year, taught by printmaker Lindsay Buchman. It has been such a wonderful chance to learn new skills and experiment with techniques and printing methods. I decided to create a realistic image of a turtle for my boys in this design. Building a collagraph plate feels similiar to making a collage, but includes additional steps of sealing, inking the plate, and finally printing on a press.

Working in reverse requires some planning ahead, but the end results of printmaking are so exciting, especially at that special moment when you pull the print from the plate! 



Check out the Irvine Fine Arts Center for information about printmaking classes and the open studio.