Initially I decided to make two large c. A3 size test blocks using various organic and man-made materials. I used: sticks, dried leaves, ferns, grasses, feathers, tissue paper, fabric, cotton wool, fishing wire, thread, tissue paper, and masking tape. I used modelling paste to stick these onto a piece of mountboard.
Referring to the notes in the course handbook I dampened paper and made a print via hand burnishing, unfortunately the results were extremely disappointing.
- I was unable to produce enough pressure to force the paper down between the materials.
- I need to use lower level materials to get a better result.
- There needs to be more structure to the plate. Too much texture is overwhelming: it seems that less is certainly more with collagraph.
I need to revisit this exercise in order to try to improve my results.