Tuesday, February 05, 2013
Trying to keep up
very good description of how to do it with methylcellulose. It requires more prep time, but I like it because there isn't any panicked scrambling involved. I cooked up a bit of methylcellulose (I get mine from Carriage House, but you can get it at any decent art supply place) during the Super Bowl, using the Carriage House recipe: 2 Tbs in 1/2 cup boiling water, then add 1 cup of cold water. Sets up quick! Then I coated a piece of plexi and let it dry. I forgot to do the second coat with brushstrokes going perpendicular to the first set, so I let THAT dry and did a third coat in the right direction. When the last coat is still wet, apply the papers you want to prepare for chine collé and make sure they stick well, no air bubbles. By the time I was done, the game was still on. In the morning, everything was dry and flat.
Habu yarns) got very, very glossy. Fumiko said it reminded her of those rice candies w/the "rice paper" coating them. We loved those as children and how the film melted in our mouths. She said in Japan that the film was used to wrap and ingest medicine. I tested a bunch of these slips of paper yesterday and they seemed to work; we'll know for sure next week when they emerge from the blotters. The best part of this method is that it's very obvious which is the glued side (the other pastes, when dry, can disappear and then you're up a creek because you don't know which way to place it on the plate and if you do it wrong, now you have paper stuck to the plate and not to your print).
If I had my way, I'd only do work like this, but I have to get back to admin. Yuck.