Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Easy way to glue

Old telephone books? Hopefully they are almost a thing of the past, but if you have some laying around they are great for gluing. I had a chine colle element (chine colle is when you collage something to a print during the printing process) that failed. I used methyl cellulose to adhere the chine colle and either I didn't sprinkle on enough of it or the base paper wasn't wet enough. Either way, it printed fine but started to crinkle and lift off a day later. Imagine my surprise when I decided to look into my color registration problem and discovered I had another problem. (My friend Steve said it was a "salmon day," that is, a day you swim up stream and then get eaten.) I solved the problem by just re-gluing the chine colle and lining up the printed areas. I used Nori Rice Paste this time. It's thick like you'd imagine paste to be and it needs to be applied with a card or palette knife (I use old credit or library-type cards). You don't want to use too much of it or it'll squeeze out and mess up your print once you glue it in place. This is where the phone book comes in handy. Use it as your gluing area, since you'll need to make sure every little bit of the paper is covered in paste. The rice paper I used stretched a little with the carding of the paste, but I managed to line the heads up without getting too much off track. I put a sheet of waxed paper over my glued areas to reduce any effects of possible residue, then stacked them up and used heavy books as a weight (the books help get rid of any ripple effect when the glue dries). Next step, adding color starting with a yellow monotype.


Carolyn Kimball said...

Ah, applying glue with an old card- great idea! I always have trouble making it even with a brush.

I like 'salmon day', had one of those today!

Cathy Savage said...

Now you'll have a reason not to toss those forgotten hotel room keycards... I've also cut jagged edges into cards for textures w/ modeling paste. Great for collagraphs.