Thursday, July 11, 2013

What we did at the retreat

Before the retreat we prepared collography plates.  Our version of them.  Mostly we glued bits and pieces on cardboard, knowing that we wouldn't have a press to run them through.  These were then painted over with house paint to anchor things more firmly and to provide a waterproof surface.  
In the picture below the "plate" is the bottom left item and the 3 pieces of fabric show the results.  We tried putting the fabric below the plate then using a brayer to rub.  Tried putting the plate down then the fabric on top and using a brayer.  Eventually I just patted the fabric on top with my hands.   I used ProChem fabric paints. 

This plate produced a rather Picasso-ish effect that was unexpected.  

 The plates themselves are almost works of art!

 The two pictures below show the effects of starburst salt and Setacolour.

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