Clayprinting?! What is it?
A Clayprint is a multi-colored, archival, monotype with a multi llayered surface and deep rich color. This is how it’s done:
- I create a thin wooden frame of any desired size about 1/4 -1/3” deep.
- I fill it up with a thin slab of clay. This is the Matrix.
- I mix Kaolin Grolegg (Engish China clay) with water to create a base slip. To that I add colorants to create my palette of colors I’ll use in this particular painting.
- I apply these to the matrix, by brush and other methods, layer by layer until the desired base image is created.
5. I place a moistened piece of fabric over the matrix. This his the substrate.
6. I transfer the image onto the fabric by using a rolling pin, muscles and a lot of patience.
7. A thin layer of colored clay adheres itself to the substrate and permanently bonds to it. I lift the image off the matrix and hang it to dry.
- When dry this becomes my canvas, I mount it on a board and add mixed media.
- When I’m satisfied with the results I sign it, call it by its name and my photographer documents it. Now my one of a kind new painting is ready for you!