Moving on from my initial studies of hands by way of scanning, I played around with ways of taking an impression of my hands.

I decided to try making collagraphs using acrylic medium on matcard pieces. I applied the medium using thin coats and thick coats and several types and brands of acrylic medium. I pressed my hands into the medium, from very wet, to almost dry. It was hard to get a very fine impression that was printable. The last two tests have a moderately thick layer of gel medium, allowed to dry slightly. Pressing hands into the medium still squished it around but with some additional drawing and manipulating, I achieved satisfactory impressions.

Shown here are scans of the initial proofs of the two plates printed on white paper. The print below is a section of the slightly larger print, too big for my scanner. Today, I printed these two plates on top of a much larger inkjet print of another image and was quite pleased with the result. Now this piece, another one of my ‘Silent Messenger’ series is almost ready to edition. Progress. And I feel better!


In case you are wondering – What is a collagraph?

February 16, 2007 in Being an Artist, Printmaking by Marja-Leena