Re: Sizing papers

From: Christina Z. Anderson ^lt;[email protected]>
Date: 05/29/05-06:14:34 AM Z
Message-id: <003001c56448$01fa2200$6101a8c0@your6bvpxyztoq>

Scott,
This is one of the reasons I quit using Aquarelle--too many inconsistencies
in the paper, and yes, when it has gone thru a shrink cycle it is much
softer.
I did take a pic of the spots and can email anyone interested offlist (as
well as my glyoxal yellowing images).
It did not happen on all my Aquarelle papers, just some. It happened when I
used to use the hot soak, but now I don't use a hot soak, just a bathwater
soak, ever since we determined that A) A really hot soak interferes in a
spotty way with manufacture sizing (I was adding saucepans full of boiling
water to my bathtub to keep the water up to a high enough temp) and B) A
lukewarm soak does just as well at preshrinking and C) My paper of choice
now, Fab Artistico, is so dimensionally stable that registration isn't a
problem, tho I am not brave enough to eliminate the presoak completely.
Chris

> In a recent post, GUM-PVA-COLD preshrink, there was mention of
> preshrinking in cold water not needing additional sizing because the paper
> retains the manufacturer's sizing. Has anyone experimented with this and
> can comment on it? Specifically, I have some Aquarelle that I am trying a
> cold (70F) preshrink with and am finding that the paper becomes "splotchy"
> in the water. It looks like part of the paper becomes peppered with
> transparent areas when wet and opaque when dry. Also the paper seemed more
> flexable after drying after the first 1/2 hour soak. I haven't seen either
> happen when hot preshrinking this same paper. Once the paper is dry from
> the second cold preshrink i'll see how it works with cyanotype and gum and
> if it needs additional sizing.
> Best, Scott
 swphoto@verizon.net
Received on Sun May 29 06:14:58 2005

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