RE: Paper Preshrinking

From: Kate M ^lt;[email protected]>
Date: 12/01/04-03:03:00 AM Z
Message-id: <000101c4d784$8f411ac0$5d26f6d2@kateiwpiarptn6>

And while I'm at it, I've been thinking about this one too.......What is
Simili Japon paper like???? Is it quite rough and fibrous?

225 gsm is quite a light paper in my printmaking repertoire. If it's
like most Japanese style papers I've used, preshrinking always brings up
a texture. I would be inclined to soak those buckled sheets again and
then when they're dry, put them under a sheet on glass with a weight on
them. If you size them when they're deformed, they will probably stay
that way. If you're printing gum, a smooth to mildly textured surface
looks better anyhow.

About hanging to dry: I've been using an intaglio paper recently, (which
is fairly soft) and have found that the sheets stretch quite badly if
they are hung by one corner....moral of the story: hang them by two
corners and then (maybe)your negs will still fit the print after it's
dried!

Kate

-----Original Message-----
From: Michael Healy [mailto:emjayhealy@earthlink.net]
Sent: Wednesday, 1 December 2004 12:32 p.m.
To: alt-photo-process-l@sask.usask.ca
Subject: Paper Preshrinking

Hope this isn't a stupid question. I'm preshrinking two different
papers, and believe it or
not, I'm already having some problems. One is Rives BFK, no problems.
The other is
Simili Japon (the heavier form, 225 g/m2). Some of the Japon sheets
dried with wobbly
surface areas. In two instances, I think it must be because I dripped a
drop of water from
the second batch of paper onto one from the first batch, which already
was drying. So it
sort of puckered up, half wet and half dry, and then dried that way.

First problem is obvious: I laid them to dry on a screen, instead of
hanging. From now
on, I intend to hang them.

Second problem, tho: I'm going to resoak these and try again; but
suppose I didn't.
Would sizing then lock these pseudo-topographical effects into the
paper? Can they just
be flattened out, now before resizing or later after I've finished
printing?

Mike

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