I wanted to begin this project by doing a bit of visual research. I’ve not really seen many examples of Chine Colle before so my start point was to find examples of artists use of this technique that I liked or found interesting.
Here’s what I found to begin with…
Artist: Ouida Touchon
I discovered this artist through images online, via pinterest. Here’s her website, which is where I’ve taken images of her work from:
Ouida is a visual artist from New Mexico, she has a wealth of experience in fine arts and printmaking. I found her series of relief hand prints called ‘good little girls’ interesting as an example of combining lino cut printing with Chine Colle.
In the image above the artist has printed on top of collage patterned papers, I was taken by how the print still works as a whole despite there being lots going on in the print. I think this is due to the graphic quality of the black lino print layer.
I really like the use of a map as a background to the printed layer. It works well with to reinforce the theme of ‘girls in the big world’. Again the simple clean, almost graphic nature of the printed layer helps everything come together without seeming conflicting.
I think the print above is something fun, maybe there’s a series point to it but it reminds me of childhood things like sleep overs or buying sweets. it made me think about possibly doing something more fun or childhood themed for my series of prints.
Artist: Paolo Del Toro
This isn’t an artist I spent lots of time looking at, as i only found one print that caught my attention. His blog about his work can be found here, it’s also where I found the image of his work:
I liked this print as it reminded me of children’s book covers, specifically Where the wild things are which was a favorite story when I was little. It also shows a different approach to using chine colle, you can hardly tell it’s the technique which surprised me.
Artist: Sophie Elm of Jeff Josephine Designs
This artist drew my attention away from looking at childhood themed combination prints and back to landscape/house based prints. Her website is here:
Her prints are lino cut prints so there’s no Chine Colle but I think it’s easy to see how they would work as combination prints:
The simplicity of the black, white with one colour in one part of the prints works so well. The eye is drawn to the red in the prints which is interesting as it’s a powerful visual tool. Seeing these images sparked ideas about doing something like this with houses I’ve seen around Coventry.
Artist: Granja Grafica
I have only one image from this artist and limited research about them. This is their Etsy site, which links to their website which is in Portuguese:
As far as I can work out the shop is owned by a couple who run a studio producing wood cut and lino cut prints often themed around their local area.
This image (see below) is no longer available on their site, so the image I’ve saved is the only one I have and isn’t very big! But I really love the use of one bold colour against the black and white. This is something that could work with the yellow element being created by tissue paper or even gold foil and would still have the same impact.
After seeing this image I knew I wanted to do something based on houses for my print rather than on the theme of childhood. I know this is similar to what I worked on in my previous project but it’s a theme I still feel interested in so I’d rather do that than force myself to try an pursue a theme that I was half interested in.
I pinned the images I’d found around houses on my pin board and took a photo for inspiration. The big print of the right hand side of the board is a sample of wallpaper by Cole & Sons you can see more about it here (I paid for the sample!) :