Introduction into Collagraphy & St. Michaels Art League’s Gallery

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I had a chance to talk to Sarah Stolte, a member of the St. Michaels Art League about collagraphy while visiting St. Michaels Art League’s Gallery.

Collagraphy is a print making process were different materials are added to a wood based to create a printing plate.  Sarah said she took a class in collagraphy at Easton’s Academy of Art during the winter.  She usually paints in oils or watercolors, but thought she would try a different medium. She added seeds, different papers to the print below to create a seascape.  It is great.

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Different materials can be used such as sandpaper, paper, seeds, string or even leaves and grass to add to the base plate. You can crave the wood base plate to add more texture.  Collagraphy is very organic.  Sarah said it was interesting to see how the prints turned out – how the various materials absorbed the ink in the printing process.

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The Art League’s gallery exhibits the member’s artwork and provides information about the league.  This summer they are offering ARTfest 2014 “100 Days of Art”.  June, July, and August they are offering adult and children art classes, workshops and evening art talks.  The art talks feature well-known local artists.  Here are some photos of art exhibited the gallery.

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Please visit the gallery at 106 Railroad Avenue, check their website at http://www.stmichalesartleague.org for hours and more information.

And let’s try collagraphy soon.

Dee

 

 

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