“Swirling, the little pond wines among the flowers”This collagraph plate was inspired by canoeing on a lonely pond in New Hampshire that was covered in water lilies. In preparation for making this plate, I put a couple of water lilies under a rug at home in Gloucester, Mass between two pieces of wax paper. This flattened a three-day flower into a glue-able and two-dimensional piece which I could glue onto a pre-prepared calligraph plate which I’ve explained before. It is a large print, brighter than shown in the picture above. This is the only version left in the edition of four thus the price is a little higher.
This is a wildflower. I picked it on a hike, took it home, and flattened it under the rug as most of the flower graphs are done. This was done like an oil painting. With my paintbrush, I touched each surface. The actual print is more vivid than the photograph shown. It is the only one I made because time ran out the day I was printing.I really like the delicacy of this image. I look forward to making another print using oil paint in different colors.
Poppies are my favorite flower. It came up faithfully in our Manchester Massachusetts garden. Mace photographed me drawing on our ancient lithographic stone sitting right in the middle of the poppy patch even though the wind was blowing fiercely. You see the result. But making a stone litho is arduous. This piece has also been printed on the handmade paper I made after my trip to Japan to learn papermaking.
“All creation is contained in a few flowers” This oval shape mimics an old-fashioned presentation. The small flowers were put under a rug between two pieces of wax paper to flatten them so I could glue them very carefully on the plate. The small blue flowers are called browallia. I picked them and after flattening them under the rug, I put them on a prepared plate. It was difficult for me to cut the oval shape.
“A mass of purple irises wait to be picked”Again, the dining room rug was used to flatten these flowers between two pieces of wax paper. The first step in making this kind of image is gluing a thin dense material like window curtains to the board. On top of that, I glued the parts of the flowers. One of the rules of calligraph plate making is to keep the imagery no deeper than a sixteenth of an inch. Therefore the stalks needed to be leveled with an electric sander. Since the sander was out, I sanded the edges. The next step after inking is printing in the following way. It’s first printed with one color. In this instance, it was green mixed with blue. A little residue of that was left after I wiped it. The flowers were each hand-painted and the stalks rode with yellow-green and blue-green. When put through the press, the images become even more illuminate as the color is transformed from plate to paper by being imprinted on whatever color paper. Prints made with oil paint are colorfast so they can be put near a window. This collagraph is one of a kind.
“In moments like these, flowers seem to smile”Another flower that went under the rug to be flattened before mounting it on a plate. The stalks in the flowers were so thick that I had to use the electric sander to preserve the shape and make it printable. When I started making collagraphs I took a class and tried to print a sunflower without flattening in preparation. When it was printed, all the ink squirted out onto the paper.