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Re: Excellent video showing print making process
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Reply to: #969443 by Oberon_Kenobi
Dec 19, 2018 6:49am
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I took a print making class back in college, and I'm thinking that we did wet the paper first so it didn't warp. If only the inked part is wet, it could warp, so to have it all wet keeps it even.

And to re-wet it would be to help it dry flat, I'm thinking.

But then I'm still on my first cup of coffee and that was 20 years ago... :)
Re: Excellent video showing print making process
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Reply to: #969515 by photopam
Dec 19, 2018 8:14am
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I think when I was in the LTC print tracker the hostess left out a step in her instructions. She kept saying make sure to let it dry for several days, which I didn't understand because my paint dried really fast. This makes sense now, I was supposed to wet the paper first. I used a ton of paper trying to get good imprints, the stamp kept getting stuck on the paper. This video made it look a lot easier.
Re: Excellent video showing print making process
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Reply to: #969517 by Topcollector
Dec 19, 2018 10:05am
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I live in Florida where the average humidity is around 110%. If you leave something out to "dry", it had better be indoors, and it had better be during air-conditioning season. Fall or spring the A/C doesn't run much, so even indoors the humidity is too high for reliable drying. Things will get dank and moldy rather than dry.

When I worked at P&WA in West Palm Beach, there was a station out on the assembly floor where you could get prints of jet engine diagrams made. It was a great innovation, because otherwise you'd have to climb two flights of stairs and put in an order and wait a day. This way, when you needed to check some dimensions or something, you could have your answer in a minute. The machine looked like any other printer only bigger, used sheets of paper about 3' x 4'. Had a stack of paper loaded in a tray, just like any other copier.

Did I mention that the assembly floor was not air conditioned? I worked there for years before I learned that, every night, the lady in charge of that printer took the remaining stack of paper out and threw it away. The next morning an entirely new stack of paper was taken out of storage in an air-conditioned area and loaded into the machine. Paper that had been in the machine more than 24 hours tended to absorb too much moisture and get all wavy and jam the machine.

Right now I'm trying to resurrect one of my stamps that was retrieved after the hiding location was bulldozed and paved. The container had been mangled so the stamp was wet. Doesn't hurt the rubber any, and doesn't hurt the oak backing, but the foam in between gets full of water. You can press it with your thumb and squeeze a few drops of water out. So, just leave it out to dry, right? It's been out to dry for three weeks, it ain't dry yet.
Re: Excellent video showing print making process
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Reply to: #969522 by Kirbert
Dec 19, 2018 11:23am
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So, just leave it out to dry, right? It's been out to dry for three weeks, it ain't dry yet.

You need to use a good SUtPO (Security Ultra-Thin Pad), Overnight model, with a breathable, flexible cover and a 3D capture core. . . with wings.

Wry Me
just helping you get the specs right
Re: Excellent video showing print making process
Board: Stamp Carving and Mounting
Reply to: #969524 by Wry Me
Dec 19, 2018 1:24pm
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... with wings.

What, and risk having your stamp fly away!?

DZ
Re: Excellent video showing print making process
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Reply to: #969522 by Kirbert
Dec 19, 2018 1:49pm
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That reminds me of our copy paper years ago here in IL. It used to get wavy. For some reason it doesn't anymore. Our copy techs would tell us that we had to put it in the machine right-side up. ??? How ridiculous, since we could make 2-sided copies. Thanks for bringing back some memories.
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Reply to: #969525 by DarkZen and Evil Cow Pie
Dec 19, 2018 3:44pm
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What, and risk having your stamp fly away!?

Not if you put the sticky side down.
Re: Excellent video showing print making process
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Reply to: #969522 by Kirbert
Dec 20, 2018 1:26am
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Use those packet thingies that keep things dry.
Re: Excellent video showing print making process
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Reply to: #969433 by lonnewsom
Dec 20, 2018 6:06am
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Shameless printmaking plug:

Hi, I am LROSEM. I am a stamp carver and a mixed media printmaker. I have a few pages for you all to check out.

https://www.facebook.com/SpeckledRoseCrafts/

https://www.etsy.com/shop/SpeckledRoseCrafts?ref=l2-shopheader-name

Also, If you are interested in learning about printmaking from thousands of experts, check out Linocut Friends on facebook.

You may now return to your regularly scheduled programming.
Re: Excellent video showing print making process
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Reply to: #969533 by LROSEM
Dec 20, 2018 6:28am
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Having purchased a print from LROSEM as a shameless gift for myself, I can tell you that her skills are amazing and totally worth checking her pages out! They are some real inspiration on what a talented carver can do. I can only aspire to gain her detail in my images!
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Reply to: #969534 by The Vs
Dec 20, 2018 6:50am
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You are so kind! Thank you. <3
Re: Excellent video showing print making process
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Reply to: #969522 by Kirbert
Dec 20, 2018 6:56am
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In ga we also have some crazy humidity. I often stick stuff in my gas oven and let the pilot light take care off it. Leave the oven light on or use a sticky note so you dont cook whatever it is. Works great on log books it you seperate pages first.
Re: Excellent video showing print making process
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Reply to: #969536 by Quarry
Dec 20, 2018 8:41am
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Holy cow, more memories. Years and years ago I had a friend who dried her jeans in the oven. Totally forgot. I'm getting so old.
Re: Excellent video showing print making process
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Reply to: #969433 by lonnewsom
Dec 24, 2018 7:46pm
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Good video!

I have no idea why she wets her paper. Unless she is sizing it. We do that for darkroom printing, but not usually for lino printing.

And why on earth would she put the finished product against newsprint? Her print is beautiful, but I would not trust newsprint. It could soil her work. Brown butcher paper would be safer.