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Re: Oil of wintergreen-- Gum Arabic-- Politics


From: Judy Nagel (jdnag_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Mon Oct 09 2000 - 08:38:06 PDT

FYI Sax carries gum of arabic on pages 408 - item # 621-9034 for one gallon
$17.20. Judy

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From: mdecker <>
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Sent: Monday, October 09, 2000 10:31 AM
Subject: Oil of wintergreen-- Gum Arabic-- Politics

> Oh boy, you folks gave me something to talk about today!
> Oil of wintergreen (available in drug stores or in the health and beauty
> section of your grocery store) is good for transfers, adding to paper
> paste, and for adding to paper pulp. I have added the oil to my abaca pulp
> to keep the smell down (abaca is from the banana plant---you know how
> organic material can smell after a day or so).
> Here is another way to transfer the photocopy (for those who have an
> press). Place the image face down on the surface you want to receive the
> transfer. Put the oil on a paper towel the same size of the image. Cover
> this with some scrap paper (to protect the felts). Turn through the press
> transfer uniform image. I learned this at Arrowmont (Gatlinburg, Tenn.).
> Gum Arabic is used in glazes to help them adhere to the pot. It is
> from Amaco (but usually not listed with the glazes in art supply
> It is also use in lithography (and litho-sketch plate protector), so is
> available from Daniel Smith (Thanks, Woody!--an excellent source of
> materials!). I believe I bought my Gum Arabic from Dick Blick (but it was
> somewhat diluted and did not work as well). Gum Arabic is also used in
> color pigments (am I right?). I have seen it with the fine art supplies in
> arts' and crafts' stores. I know I suggested last year to some to put Gum
> Arabic on the Plexiglas first then let dry if you are doing monoprints
> water base paints and Caran d'Asche (sp?) crayons. This helps with
> of the water colors... and aids the release of the crayons. Again...I
> learned this in a class at Arrowmont.
> On politics. Thank you to Sharon, Bunki and Joseph for trying to get our
> comments on a more professional level. I personally was getting tired of
> personal conversations between members expressing political views. I have
> objection to those posting web sites where we can see the facts for
> ourselves (I believe last year Michelle had a good one?). I think most of
> list members have our minds made up by now and I think we deserve to
> a courtesy to our international members to keep comments professional. We
> are reaching all ends of the globe. Understand, I do not mean to offend
> anyone. I have had fun "talking" to many of you privately on this topic.
> Glad to be of help to all of you today.
> Judy Decker
> P.S. OK...You are right...I am the little "Art Elf" with too much time on
> her hands right now.
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