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Re: printing question

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wduncan (wduncan)
Fri, 27 Aug 1999 19:35:33 -0500

I'm planning some monoprint lessons using the new Portfolio Series
"water soluble" oil pastels. (about $7.00 for a box of 24 colors)
I'm going to use either mylar or Plexiglas (drawing taped underneath)
coated with gum Arabic first. The gum is soluble in water and allows
for easier release of the pigment from the plate. The plates can be
again and again. I did it in a print class the summer of 1998.
From Woody in KC

Teri Sanford wrote:

> <<The easiest way I have found to do monotypes (or monoprints)
> is to paint
> with watercolors on acetate or mylar. If you use a little dish
> washing
> soap in the water you paint with, the paint will not bead up.
> After the
> paint has dried, which will take only minutes, lay it face up on
> the press
> bed, lay your wet paper on top, a piece of news print to prevent
> bleeding
> onto the felt, and then the felt. I have exellent results from
> 6 year olds
> to college level printmakers. The nice thing about using mylar
> is that if
> you use a matte surface verses a glossy surface, you can draw
> your image on
> in pencil first and then print variations of the same image.>>
> Mark,
> I was fortunate enough to have someone give me a box of mylar
> sheets. Tell me more about using it. If you draw on it once,
> is it used up? Or can the image be erased and the mylar
> reused? Also, when you say use watercolor paint for printing,
> are you talking about pan or tube? My students use Prang pan
> watercolors, so I like this idea. How much dish soap in the
> water? Any brand preference? Finally, I only had a "baby
> press" for printing, which takes a 5x7" max. size. Any
> experience with these? I didn't use it last year because I've
> really done very little printmaking on a press. Any hints? I
> know the paper should be moist, but how much, etc.
> Thanks so much!
> teri mason


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