I've always loved collaging with various found patterned paper. I quite often just cut bits of pattern from the pages of magazines and use those, but this week I thought I'd print up some of my own papers to use. As a lover of layers and intricate pattern, I find that collaged paper gives an extra special dimension to my sketchbook pages. I was inspired by a walk in the park, where I picked up all sorts of random autumn leaves and interesting twigs that were lying around. I used these with my Gelli Arts® gelatine printing plate to create some colourful, textured pages which I will use within my sketchbook. I might tear them up, cut them up or work over the top of them to create interesting layers and patterns.
Here's how I made them. I rolled some acrylic paint onto the gelatin plate with a brayer and plonked some leaves on the wet paint.
As I was just wanting some pages to use in my sketchbook, I used cheap copier paper. I have used beautiful watercolour paper with the gelatin plate before and it gives a lovely texture, but this time I wanted some papers to cut up and use, so used cheap and cheerful paper. I pressed the paper onto the leaves and wet paint with my hands to achieve a silhouette print effect.
I then removed the leaves and it left behind a lovely relief image which I used to make a print.
I printed each page several times to get the kind of effect I was after. Above I added white paint onto the plate and printed over a print I had already taken.
Turning the leaves around so the inky side was facing the paper gave another interesting effect.
I used the same leaves over and over again.
I love this kind of printing. It is super quick and you can get some beautiful and unexpected results very easily.
As soon as I have used these hand printed leaf pages in my sketchbook, I will let you see them. In the meantime here are two examples of pages from my sketchbook which incorporate hand printed pattern collaged elements. Talking of sketchbooks I am still working away behind the scenes, writing and filming my Expressive Sketchbook course, it is taking a little longer than I had planned so it is now going to go live in May 2018.