Wild Carrot Collagraph


Here is the last of the images printed with the Wild Carrot Collagraphs.  This is a limited edition of 4 prints.  Notice how I don’t call them an EV (edition variable) as all 4 prints came out fairly consistent and I didn’t take any ghost prints.  Printing with 3 different plates can be a challenge to get them to line up perfectly.  Sometimes they can move a little when passing through the press.  I am really quite pleased with these.

I printed these on Saunders Waterford 140lb hot press watercolor paper, 1/4 imperial size trimmed down to 8.5 inches by 14 inches with 3 deckled sides.  Although this paper is hot press, it is not as smooth as the Bockingford hot press and therefore has a nice texture to the paper without affecting the print.  Both of these papers are produced by St Cuthberts Mill, with the Saunders being the more expensive of the two.  Although it is called high white, it is actually an off white color rather than bright white like the mixed media paper that I use.  At the moment, these will be my go to papers for printing as they will also take watercolor very well should I need to embellish my prints and are archival.  Compared to some printing papers, these are very economical indeed and are a good sturdy paper that can take some soaking.

I have now listed these on Etsy here.  You can also visit my shop by going to the link on the sidebar.

Now that this series is complete, I have decided to frame the collagraph plates.


I mounted the plates onto mountcard and used a ready made frame and mount.  It is general practice to destroy the plates once the print run has been completed, but after all of the hard work put into them, and the fact that they looked so pretty, I decided to frame them.  They are not for sale as they could potentially be re-used.  I say potentially as these are now so delicate that the plants will probably fall apart should they go through the press again!  In any event, they are retired.

Thank you for stopping by!

Maidenhair Collagraphs, Botanical Art

Maidenhair is another name for the Ginkgo Biloba tree.  In the Autumn, the leaves turn yellow.  It is one of my favorite trees and it is reported to have healing properties.  Allegedly, it is meant to be good for your memory and to help you focus.  Maybe I should start taking some as I often forget things lately!

In any event, the leaves are very distinctive and pretty, so when I saw some when out walking the dogs in the park, I collected a handful to make a couple of collagraphs.  The leaves were still malleable which was a nice change as most of the leaves on the ground are dry and brittle at this time of year.

Once the collagraph plates were completed and dry, I pulled off some prints using Blue Black mixed with Prussian Blue Caligo Safe Wash Etching inks.  They were printed on White, Acid Free, Mixed Media paper, A4 size.  This method of printing creates a lot of texture and detail.


Maidenhair is now available to purchase on Etsy here.  Or you can click on the link on the sidebar to get to my Etsy Shop.

COL219-001Maidenhair II is available to purchase here.  Both editions of these prints will be shipped without a matt or frame.  Below are a couple of options for framing.

They would look great in square or portrait format and as a set.  Thank you for stopping by.


Winter Grass on Etsy

While out walking the dogs I found some grass heads in the field.  Most of the grass has died down, but there were a couple still standing tall, so I picked it.  As with anything 3D, it can be tricky to glue plant matter onto a cardboard plate.  The idea is to have your plant matter as flat as possible so it won’t tear through the damp paper when printing.  I decided to take the grass, place it between two sheets of card, and run it through the press.  I got very nice indentations on both pieces of card, but the grass eventually fell apart.

On Winter Grass below, I gessoed one card and added sand medium to the plate after.  This was also printed on some new paper I recently purchased.  I used Bockingford Hot Press, 140lb high white paper.  I have loads of Bockingford cold press for painting watercolors as this has a nice texture and can take a fair amount of water, so I thought I would try out the Hot Press version which is nice and smooth for printing.  It worked a treat.  As this paper is meant for painting with watercolor, it soaks nicely and doesn’t cockle after printing.  I found a nice deal online for 100 sheets as printing paper can be very expensive.  Although this paper is called high white, it is more of an off white, creamy color and has yellow undertones when paired up with a bright white picture mount.

These are all printed with Prussian Blue, Caligo Safe Wash Etching Ink.  I purchased some etching ink, which is slightly different from relief ink, from the same place I purchased the paper.

You can purchase Winter Grass on Etsy here, or click on the link on the sidebar to enter my shop.

Winter Grass II is the mirror image of Winter Grass.

I made my first print on the Bockingford.  I was not quite thrilled with the result and decided that I would probably not make anymore prints from the plate.  Then I went and made a cup of tea.  Sometimes a cup of tea can give you a different perspective.   I decided to try printing with the plate again on white paper and to use some more ink, that way if I still wasn’t happy with the print, then I didn’t use up really good (more expensive) paper for nothing.  I was happier with the result.  The Prussian Blue is very striking on the white paper.  I then went on to pull two prints with Blue Black ink and a mix of Prussian Blue and Blue Black.

You can purchase Winter Grass here on Etsy, or you can click on the link on the sidebar to reach my Etsy shop.