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original collagraph art print El Capitan in Yosemite Valley

El Capitan

4" x 6" image size
2007, Julianne B. Ricksecker

Edition size: 25
Hand-printed by the artist 
on Rives Heavyweight

Framed $175.00
(Black Neilson aluminum frame with white museum mat.)

Unframed $125.00

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This original print technique is known as collllagraph. The plate is a piece of rag mat board.  A piece of fabric with a very fine mesh was glued to the surface. (the fabric is of a sort normally used to create silk screen prints.)  If the plate were printed at this point, the image would be a solid dark tone.  The image is created by painting acrylic gesso and gloss or matte acrylic mediums over the fabric.  The acrylic fills up the mesh of the fabric so that it holds less ink and thus prints a lighter tone.  Thin applications result in dark tones, while increasing the thickness of the medium or the number of layers results in lighter tones.  Gloss medium is applied where the lightest tones are desired.  The plate is wiped by hand in two colors, and printed on damp paper on an etching press.

This view of El Capitan is actually the reverse of what you would see in Yosemite, because I did not reverse the image when working the plate.  The image on the plate is a mirror image of what prints.


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