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In a message dated 04/27/2000 2:29:27 AM Pacific Daylight Time,
> I bought the Createx monotype colors because of the good reviews I read on
> this list. We are using them now and I just don't feel they are working
I have been using the Createx Monotype colors for 2 years now and they are
great with super success. However there are some things you need to do first
to insure your success.
1. Get a plate of Plexiglas or masonite and masking tape a piece of vellum
or heavy tracing paper onto it over lapping the paper by 1/4 inch or so
2. Use a rolled up piece of felt (dauber) that is taped into a large
cylinder. To apply a thin coat of Gum Arabic to the vellum. This will seal
the vellum/tracing paper and the paint will stick to it nicely. Let it dry
thoroughly before you paint.
3. When the gum Arabic is dry apply the paint with small amounts of water or
none at all. Use layers to build up colors. What you put on first is the
last to come off. You can't make it too thick but experiment with different
thickness and you will find out for yourself.
4. Let this paint dry completely. It can be printed with in 4 hours of the
paint drying. We have bone as long as 16 hours but it wasn't as good.
Remove the tape and place the thin sheet of vellum onto a piece of scrap
mattboard so that the board is slightly larger than the cut vellum. this is
to be a hard surface to keep the pressure up on the print.
5. If you have a press this works great. If not you must use a rolling pin or
spoons. I like the rolling pin and half purchased 2 marble rolling pins for
$7 each. Createx sells a good rolling pin but the best is a roll press.
Soak your paper now, we use Arches 88, the best!!!!!!!!!!!! This absorbs the
water immediately, we blot with newsprint twice and let set to air dry for 10
6. Place the mattboard first, then the vellum on the board, next the paper
over the vellum. Put a piece of newsprint over the paper to keep your
blanket dry. Use only a moderate amount of pressure in the press and run it
through twice. Slowly peel the vellum off the paper and wow! great colors,
brushstrokes will appear.
If you can't get Arches 88 then use rives bfk paper and soak for 10-12 min.
The paper is important and the pressure, and the paper with the gum Arabic.
We have had so much success that my A.P.'s are doing 3 to 4 a day.
San Jose CA
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