- Freedom Prompts + Sidekick
- Stone textures: Juxtaposing texture and colour in your work
- Flowers of Freedom with the Gelli Plate
- Joy Notes and being inspired by yourself
- The Freedom to Get Inspired From Art History
- It’s Happening Now: Making Art Fast and Slow to Create a Page of Opposites
- Liberate yourself through abstract art (Perfectionism is an illusion)
- Playing with Masks: Using Masking with Acrylic Mediums to Create Layered Spreads
- Paint a Flutter of Ethereal Watercolour Butterflies
- Collography: Printing with Texture
- Hand Lettering Bold Statements
Collography: Printing with Texture
Hi! Sarah here, and today we’re going to be making collographs. Collography is a printmaking process in which materials are glued to a rigid substrate. When printed, the materials leave an impression of the texture in varying tones. I wanted to share this process because of the freedom of the using a ring bound journal will give you the options to print on a variety of surfaces to include in your journals.
- Substrate (I used the back of my paper pads, but mattborad, plexiglass and thick cardboard are other options)
- Texture (cork, fabric, burlap, lace, cardboard, yarn, foam, texture paste, beads, sequins, etc)
- Adhesive (white glue, acrylic gels, dodge podge, etc)
- Paint or Printing Inks
- Palette (deli paper, palette paper, wax paper, or plastic palette)
- Paper to Print With (drawing paper, mixed media, vellum, etc)
- Cut your substrate to size and once you’ve chosen your textured material glue them down. You can create and abstract design or cut your texture into an recognizable image. Have fun with this stage! Test all the texture! You never know how something will print.
- Once your plate has dried, roll out your paint on the palette so it coats your brayer evenly and isn’t to thick.
- Roll the paint evenly onto your plate and lay your paper down on top. Use your hands to apply and even pressure to print your plate.
- Peel back paper and marvel at your print!
1. Find three distinct texture and glue them to a piece of cardboard
2. Ink up the plate and print onto mixed media paper
3. Add your favorite freedom quote
Sara lives in Rockland County, New York. The best part of art journaling for Sarah is that it’s just for her. She can be as free as she wants in the pages and there’s no right or wrong. Her art journals have become more than just a way to try new supplies and techniques, but a way for her to document the phases of her life.