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Latest broadside. Too wordy but if you don’t know what else to do with the stuff you write put it on poles. A few poles, anyway. Hard to imagine anyone actually standing next to a pole long enough to read this, but there you have it.

Latest broadside. Too wordy but if you don’t know what else to do with the stuff you write put it on poles. A few poles, anyway. Hard to imagine anyone actually standing next to a pole long enough to read this, but there you have it.

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Time to get political again. I am so sick of these hater people. Besides voting, sticking things on poles is about as political as I get. This is A.B.C. #1 (Asheville Broadside Concern). #2 is almost done - a possibly humorous take on recently being a tourist.

Time to get political again. I am so sick of these hater people. Besides voting, sticking things on poles is about as political as I get. This is A.B.C. #1 (Asheville Broadside Concern). #2 is almost done - a possibly humorous take on recently being a tourist.

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Sort of worked

The screen I made with my Drawing Fluid Pen worked fairly well. I mentioned before that I drew the lines with the pen then dipped and went over every single stroke with the pen again.  The fluid did wash out when coated with Screen Filler, HOWEVER I think the screen filler may have been old or have seen too many temperature changes. It was thinner than I’ve seen it. This made it difficult to get a good coat and, as you can see from the close ups above, some of the ink bled through to make a haze on a few o the towels. I printed 15 and about 12 of them are fine.   So, the pen system seems to work, but next time I’ll buy new Screen Filler and Drawing Fluid.

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Drawing Pen Screen … sharper than painting, not as sharp as emulsion. Should work though.

Drawing Pen Screen … sharper than painting, not as sharp as emulsion. Should work though.

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Screen Printing Mojo: Screen Drawing Fluid Pen

I am not too handy with a brush. I don’t like using photo emulsion and usually paint my design onto the screen with Speedball Drawing Fluid. With a brush I couldn’t get the degree of control I wanted. I kept looking online to see if there was a drawing fluid pen, but no. I found a mention by a guy named Chris Mudi who used a Posca paint pen and refilled it with drawing fluid. I tried that but accidentally tipped the ball bearing that stirs the paint/drawing fluid into the toilet. I found these Empty Montana Paint Pens at Michael’s craft store and they seem to work pretty well. Some points:  The top unscrews backwards. The filter/nib assembly comes out by gently grabbing the very top with pliers. I strained the fluid through a piece of cloth to remove lumps.You need to fill the pen with plenty of room at the top. Tap the point onto paper to start the flow of fluid. Shake well and enjoy listening to the ball bearing rattling around. I will test with Screen filler soon to see which works best, but I suspect the simple marker lines might be too thin. I’ve been dipping the end in drawing fluid and going over each stroke. If you look at the difference between the two hatched areas on paper (left side is the pen used as a pen; right side lines were drawn after tapping the pen onto paper before each stroke), and the ladle on the screen (double dipped in the middle of simple marked text), you can see the difference. Needs to be fairly opaque to keep the screen open after you put filler on and wash that off. 

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Book repair

Clumsy attempt to repair an old library book. Eraser prints are fun. I ended up being much more interested in printing the end papers than repairing the book. Nowhere to go but up, I figure.

The first image is actually the last. Messy, but more stable than it started out, and its readable again anyway.

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dandifying cakes

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Some very special cakes, or at least cakes on an upcoming very special day, are about to spring into existence in the world, in Asheville, in our family. What better occasion on which to send some lowly violets into apotheosis?  Anyway, it was easier than I thought, should anyone ever need to know how this feat was accomplished … making certain your violets are violets and not some inedible flower, pick them. Rinse them. Dry them. Stir up an egg white (yard eggs are much more likely to be free of the sorts of bad things that sometimes live in eggs). Paint each petal back and front with egg white. Not too hard actually; the petals curve around the brush in a nice way on the back. Sprinkle each side liberally with granulated sugar. Dry on wax paper. store CAREFULLY under paper towels in a container. Place on cakes. Throw rice or birdseed but definitely your hat in the air! Remember to get a hat.

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My art show is still up at NC Stage Co. in Asheville through Feb 7 so if you’re downtown … stop by from 12-5 M-F.  It’s been way more successful than I imagined. Lots of good feedback and sales, which means I’m flush with paper and ink again.  I guess that means I need to get this stuff out there somehow.  Hmmm.

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tiny printing press

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Bought this Speedball Model B block printing press for about $70. I have a bunch of Speedy-Cut soft blocks which aren’t printing as well by hand as they used to.  I was hoping that the even pressure of a press-type-thing would help resuscitate them for a while. I usually use a rolling pin and/or a baren.  At the end of the little photo reel you’ll see some before and after prints.  The ‘after’ prints are the flat ones with out all of the noise holes.  I think it’s worth it. Too, it’ll make it easier on my wrist, so that’s good. I’ve read a lot of negative reviews of this press, but sometimes I wonder if people on the interweb don’t just get a little full of themselves.

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