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Mystique Series #10 : Printing Stages 14~15

Posted by Dave Bull at 7:08 AM, January 8, 2011 [Permalink]

And the final two impressions today!

(These next two scans were made after the paper had been dried, so if you are trying to line these up it won't quite work, as the paper shrinks around 2% while drying ...)

Here's the outer embossed pattern - the same as on all the prints in this series of course. I do this while the paper is quite moist and receptive, and then immediately set each sheet out to 'dry' - or at least to give up the bulk of its moisture, before being placed into the drying boards for the final drying under pressure to keep the sheets flat.

The snow goes on after the paper is completely dry.

It's a mix of gofun (powdered shell) and nikawa glue. There are no particular secrets to the application - I tried using brushes of various stiffness, but ended up using that old standby ... my toothbrush. (I'll need to go and buy another one now ...)

The white powder on the prints has a different 'whiteness' as you move the print under the light. At some angles it almost disappears, and at other angles it seems to obscure the image underneath ... so I guess it's quite realistic in that aspect!

So the first batch (120 sheets) is done; I've got to switch to deskwork now for a couple of days, to get the story sheets and backboards ready, and it'll then be time to moisten another pile of paper and do it all again!


Following comment posted by: Carter McCaffrey on January 8, 2011 10:10 PM

Thankyou David!

Following comment posted by: Lana on January 9, 2011 1:18 AM

"Powdered shell", I'm excited to see this one! What a great idea! I couldn't imagine a commute across icy waters every day. Our ancestors really were a tough breed.

Following comment posted by: Jan on January 9, 2011 1:22 AM

Every print is an education! I'm enjoying this series immensely.

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