Bug prints

taken me forever to post this made it so long ago. don’t know what to say about it. it is a tiger collograph.


Emma’s (Tiny) Collagraph

Yay, it’s fun to get back to questing!

I made a tiny collagraph. Well, I hope it counts as one!

I love the idea of using scraps, bits, and odd things to make a print. I made mine with q-tips and a heart I cut out of cardboard. I glued them to an empty incense box, inked them, and pressed onto the paper!

Here’s my small (about 1×2 inches) print!

It shows trees and a heart, because I love trees! Or maybe these trees love each other. =)

I just think it’s really cute. This is a fun technique that I’d like to try in different ways in the future.

I hope all my printmaking stuff has not gotten old yet. quest 14 is…

Make a Collograph! A collograph is a very simple form of printmaking that costs next to nothing and can be done with items easily found around ones home. Basically you are making a relief print by gluing various items onto a piece of cardboard then rolling paint on and pressing it. if you want to use your printing plate many times you need to seal it you could use shellac but i plan to use acrylic gel medium because that’s what i have handy. i thin you could just paint it with some acrylic paint on the front and back and that would work as well. There are more advanced ways of printing collographs that involve an actual printing press but this quest is about doing something simple and fun that one does not need a press for. here is a video i found with really simple basic instructions for making a Collograph and in the video they use a brayer or roller but i suspect if you are careful you could even use a paintbrush.

don’t limit yourself to only using cardboard. you can use string, fabric, aluminum foil, really anything can be used as long as the raised part of the plate is all about the same height. get creative and have fun.

bonus points for doing several plates and making a print with various colors.

eta* i just found this great web page with really easy to follow simple instructions for making a collograph

I have been having trouble with quest 13. the trouble is I know what I want to say but it means breaking some rules. just now I remembered we don’t have any rules!

Once upon a time there was a Bug who became a marsupial and rode her bike with other marsupials. One of the marsupials gave to Bug some wonderful acorn mush! Bug turned some of the mush into pancakes and they where the best pancakes she had ever had (at least since going gluten free).  Alas the Bug did not take any photos! But that’s ok she found some acorn photos anyway.

*images link to their sources*

Emma’s Magical Find

Quest #13 might have been a little intimidating.

But the truth is that I found my object almost right away after writing that Quest idea.

I was taking some trash out to the dumpster and there on the ground were long seed pods…

I had never noticed before that there was a tree in that area that drops these.

It may be hard to see in these photos, but they have wonderful twists and curves. They’re a dark, chocolatey brown color with a slight shine. On the ground or on your desk, they sit in a way to seems to imply movement even though they’re still.

I thought about what their magical story might be. Maybe they come from space with little bean-folk riding inside. Maybe they are magic wands the send spirals of sparks flying.

But the other day I discovered their true magic. Once again I was under that tree, but this time it was very windy and I learned something fantastic.

In the strong wind, these pods do move! They blow in dancing spirals and speed back and forth like crazy snakes! The wind propells them, spinning along the ground. How wonderful! That’s their true magic story.

Quest #13

Quest #13 has tip-toed onto the blog, wearing very quiet slippers and carrying a magic wand…


The quest is to go outside and find an object, then tell us the magical story behind this object.


It can be short or long, told in words or pictures,  however you want to interpret this.


And now the Quest waits silently, sometimes sprinkling sparkly dust about the room…

Because I was feeling a bit like a smart @ss I decided to neatly print out the word nature. I used walnut ink and used a all natural twig dip pen! the green bit is a wedge of cabbage I printed.

This is old not done for this quest but I found it while working on this quest and i am fond of it. This is a printing done from a fern.

A sun print done on special paper with skeleton keys. it was done in the afternoon so the shadows where long making the images a bit distorted. Had i done this print when the sun was way up high the keys would look very crisp and key like but this way it is sort of fun. 🙂

This was not done for this quest but it fits this quest well. This is Tree’s leaf print. he chose the leaf and the colors of finger paint, how much paint and where the paint should go. I helped him place the paper over the leaf and press it but Tree did almost all the work and this was made before his second birthday! Pretty awesome!