When I was doing intaglio in graduate school--and beyond, our
etching presses at OSU had three layers of wool felt. The first pad next
to the paper was thin, then the other two were thick. These wool felts were
very expensive and the profs were rightly upset when a tear (not the crying
tear) got in them.
The profs probably added their own tears (from crying.) :-)
I always soaked my etching papers (Rives and Arches) at least 30
minutes prior to printing. An hour is better for thick papers.
If you can borrow a mezzotint rocker, try that for special effects
on your drypoint plates. Not sure how it would work on plastic. I used
Hope you have better luck next time.
Ann-on-y-mouse in Columbus
I'm wondering if perhaps there is a "right" felt to have on the press for
pressing paper down into the lines of the plate, and perhaps if my felt is
not just a common utilical felt for general printing purposes. Perhaps I
have the wrong paper, but I'm confident the stuff I tried is an etch
paper. Maybe >
Greensview School...Upper Arlington City Schools
(614)487-5050 Box 522
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Subject: Toilet Paper Wrapping!
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I was thinking that with Halloween coming up, this might be fun to do in an=
art class, including high school. Then, save the used up toilet paper for a
follow up papier-m=E2ch=E9 activity or some other paper use.
Toilet Paper Play Day
Children love toilet paper! Wrapping each other with long streamers of
toilet paper is great fun and makes for a play day sculpture that will not
* rolls of toilet paper, one for each child
* at least two artists
1. Begin by unwrapping or unrolling a roll of toilet paper a little ways.
See how it works.
Hint: Don't be surprised to see the roll of paper bouncing across the floor
as it unravels.=20
2. For the first play sculpture; one friend volunteers to be the sculpture
model, and the other volunteers to be the artist. The artist wraps the
sculpture model with toilet paper in anyway enjoyable to both. Make an
entire "mummy", or try for other costumes or designs.
3. When one sculpture is finished, trade places!
4. Use leftover sculpture paper for making homemade paper, or for
papier-m=E2ch=E9 projects, or paper dough.
More Sculpture Ideas:
* Make outfits for toy animals or dolls.
* Make a huge pile of toilet paper to hide in.
* Wrap furniture like the famous artist, Cristo.
* Wrap objects in toilet paper to disguise them.
* Stack rolls of toilet paper like blocks.
* Cover a doorway with strips of toilet paper.
* Create a spider web or maze with toilet paper in an entire room.
* Use toilet paper to create a hiding house, cloud world, or other pretend
* Paint with a roll of toilet paper.
* Drip Liquid Watercolors, food coloring, or paper dyes on a roll of toilet