I spent my morning in the print studio inking and printing the encaustic collagraph plates that I had prepared in my home studio. I had my first "yay" moment with encaustic collagraph, today. I've been trying to figure out what works and what doesn't work. Frankly, I've had a lot of disappointments in the print shop. I was feeling like the school girl crush had run its course and I was moving on to the next star struck love of my life. And, then today came together and now I'm back in love with printing making again.
There were 5 plates involved in these two prints. One with the lines that are scratched into the plexi glass, two collagraph plates made with wax and two monotype plates that were the background fish. I tend to be a bit of an eager artist, so print making is a challenge for me. Slowing down, precision and attention to detail take a lot of concentration for this mere mortal.
I had some rooky mistakes and honestly my knowledge of printmaking is so very shallow that I only know enough to be dangerous. But, I am looking forward to taking the waxed plates back to the print studio and trying another pass at all this with what I learned today. The good news or the bad news is that I won't be able to make them the same - maybe kind of, but not the same. That's the joy and adventure of monotype - only one. Happy Friday everyone!