New Collagraph Prints

Collagraph print by Dennis Jordan

Collagraph print by Dennis Jordan

Collagraph print by Dennis Jordan

Collagraph print by Dennis Jordan

Collagraph print by Dennis Jordan

Collagraph print by Dennis Jordan

Printing plate for this series of collagraphs were created on two layers of matte board (glued) . Layers of gauze, string, paper, and thread was applied to the matte board with white glue. Once dry the plate was coated, front and back, with varnish.  

Collagraph print by Dennis Jordan

Collagraph print by Dennis Jordan

Collagraph print by Dennis Jordan

Collagraph print by Dennis Jordan

Collagraph print by Dennis Jordan

Collagraph print by Dennis Jordan

Collagraph print by Dennis Jordan

Collagraph print by Dennis Jordan

 Collagraph print by Dennis Jordan

Printmaking Tessellations

Recently I have enjoyed playing around with tessellations.  A tessellation has been defined as a pattern of shapes that repeats and interlocks. The pattern fills a surface without gaps or overlaps. Many webpages show simple methods for creating tessellations with younger art students.   Tessellations.org (http://www.tessellations.org/methods-diy-papercut.shtml) shows the PAPER CUT METHOD This tessellation lesson is easy and foolproof.
 Here are my examples:

tessellations one paper layout from dennis jordan's  site elementary assistant

My drawing using the paper cut method I found my shape, you can see my pencil lines from the original square I started with.

tessellations one drawing and lino

drawing, E-Z cut lino material and sketch of tessellation, here is the transfer to the E-Z cut lino material and notice my shape does not fit on the lino, and will be a separate section

from dennis jordan's  site elementary assistant

from dennis jordan’s site elementary assistant drawing transferred to the lino in reverse

Cutting the lino, from dennis jordan's site elementary assistant, creating tessellations in lino

Cutting the lino, staying close to the original drawing.

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E-z cut lino all carved and cut out ready to proof.

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inked and ready to print, two part tessellation

two color tessellation bird pattern from dennis jordan

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Tessellation of ginkgo leaf pattern

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simple tessellation created with left over E-z Cut lino material

Printmaking and Stamping with Foam Stickers

I was given a large sack of foam stickets shapes and letters. printing with foam 005Many used in various crafts over the months, but for the most part full sheets.

I always wanted to create printing plates and rubberstamps from this material, and this was a perfect time to experiment before the school year starts.

Using a wine cork I coated the ends with rubber cement,printing with foam1 001 and allowed it to dry.  Then peeled off a few letters and stuck them to the cork.  Trimming off the excess. I first tried  a used rubberstamp pad and then rolling acrylic paint out and inking with a brayer. Both worked well, however a rubberstamp pad would allow the younger student to be sucessful with a first try.

I found an old rubberstamp and removed the  old foam stamp impression and adheared the foam stickers.  These stuck very weprinting with foam1 002ll to wood and required no prep work.  I used the random shapes and lines.  I stamped on two sheets of watercolor paper. The abstract designs and splashes of color made for an interesting effect.

I then used the remaining foam sheet. Sticking all of the shapes down to a stiff sheet of cardboard. printing with foam 001printing with foam 002 Inked the plate using Daniel Smith Water based printing inks.  Worked the ink with a brayer and rolled it onto the plate.  I printed on a scrap of printmaking paper and rubbed with a Speedball Baren.

I was happy with the results of my quick work, and will introduce this project to my class in September.

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