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Have used a small press in school and a larger press at the University and I
believe they work better than hand transfers, especially with papers such as
Arches, Rives or Stonehenge. Personally I like using the back of a wooden
spoon on rice paper or many of the exotic unsized papers available. The
heavier paper I soak for at least 20 minutes and then roll between some
blotter sheets before running through the press.
For the rice-type papers I just mist with a handsprayer bottle that cost me
about $1.00, lay it over the image and then place a clear sheet of acetate
over that and then rub it with the spoon or a soft rubber brayer. I can see
the image transfer really well this way and the acetate keeps the sheet damp
and avoids any residual coloror dirt from attacking the back of the
print(sometimes the students don't always do the best job of cleaning the
The unevenness of the hand transfers sometimes makes the image look better I
think and you should also be sure the surface your working on is smooth and
even as well. Hoope these ideas help.
Lowry Middle School
North Tonawanda, NY
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