Saturday, May 1, 2010

Quote Question

Hello Everyone,

I have a question: What can I do about the fact that when I try to affix quotes to my collage-paintings the words smear?

When I look through my art books I see that other artists use words cut from books mostly and they don't smear. Is it my inkjet printer? I think that I once heard that toner based copies won't smear - true? Any other word collage suggestions? Or do I just get out my Sharpie?

I would love some help. Thanks.



Jan said...

I have the same problem. I've gotten around it by using water proof pens but it would be nice to be able to use print outs from my own printer. I have intended to try some spray fixative, or to try melting wax and saturating the paper with that after it is printed. Of course that would leave a very stiff product but that might be good in some applications. Good luck.

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

I always, and I do mean ALWAYS, use a coat of Krylon Workable Fixative on anything I print from the inkjet, or even from old paper sources that I am not sure of.
On some of the thinner paper I print on (like tracing paper, which is really cool!) I spray both front and back. I use a generous coat and let it dry well. Sometimes it is better to do two thinner coats, but I am rather impatient.
Try this; I am sure it will help you out no matter what sort of material you use to glue your papers on.


Juliet A said...

The main reason we bought a laser printer is that I can use the toner prints for crafting. If you live in the middle of civilization, it should be easy enough to get a photocopy of whatever you want to play with that week. Otherwise, you can get a good black laser printer for under a 100 bucks, last time I checked. Color is about three times as much, but I find I really only use the black.

Robinsunne said...

Jan, Anne, Juliet: thank you all. Big help. I will get son fixativ and also go to my local copy shop and see if I can do a better job of it. Thanks!