Date: May 30-31, 1pm-5pm
Instructor: Trish Meyers
Class Fee: $140 + tax
Learn to create splash ink paper and add colorful backgrounds to almost any printmaking technique!
The traditional splash ink process involves layering Asian paper, pouring primary colored and black ink, and using the resulting paper as a “start” for a finished painting. Your instructor has adapted this time-honored splash ink process to create chine collé paper that can transform simple black-and-white prints into full-color works of art! And there are many more uses for the gorgeous papers you’ll create in this class.
On the first day, you’ll pour watercolor and acrylic ink; the top layers will have a strong, bold color while the bottom layers can be quite delicate. You can also use objects in-between the layers to create interesting shapes, particularly if you want to use the papers for collage.
On the second day, you’ll use your own printing plates to overprint onto the splash ink paper using a process called chine collé. The splash ink paper is first dampened and dusted with wheat paste, then the chine collé paper and the heavier support sheet are placed on top of the inked plate and run together through the printing press. Tips for managing moisture levels and adjusting for paper stretch will be given. For woodblock printing, you can choose to print by hand. For those interested in collage or mixed media, your instructor will demonstrate how to control the transparency of collage layers by using specific acrylic products.
The splash ink paper can also be overprinted with digital imagery in an inkjet or laser printer; best practices for this technique will also be discussed.
Included in your class fee are two large sheets of Asian paper (30 x 56 inches) plus one sheet of printmaking paper. Additional paper may be purchased. Printmaking studio supplies and a wide range of Akua Intaglio inks are also available for use.
About Your Instructor: Trish Meyer is an experimental artist, printmaker, and calligrapher with a background in graphic design. Visit her website at trishmeyer.com