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  • Re: April 2017

    It's the worst when a paint brush hair gets under a poster.  You don't really find out about it until it dries. Dario recommended using dark brush so you can see them better.

    I am thinking an expirement is in order for the wrinkles.  I've been thinking a bit and have hypothesized that if for some reason he applied the poster having large moisture differentials where one part might take longer to dry than the other, these wrinkles might occur.  I'll have to design something to test this.
  • Re: Ask Your Linenbacking & Restoration Questions

    1) For practice (waiting for my paper to arrive) I backed one straight to the stretched canvas (acid free coating) and it worked well.  It's also rollable.
    Is this ever an acceptable method?

    Well there is standard practice and other.  This is other.  There is not really anything wrong with it but it's like making a peanut butter and mayonnaise sandwich - you can still eat it but people are going to point and laugh.  I guess the question then becomes why is this not standard practice.  
    1. (The most important) The masa acts as an interleaving agent so that the poster is directly adhered to an acid free surface.  
    2. It also allows for damaged paper to be adhered to a single smooth surface with equal tension where as the canvas can be rough and uneven.
    3. There is also a great variation in rate of resizing.  The canvas will resize more than the masa which is somewhat stable.  You never can be sure of the resizing of the poster so combined with the resizing of the cotton canvas, there are some unkowns. The poster could warp or folds seperate from the canvas vs. paper shrink rates being too far apart.  Or the folds could pop up...
    4. The masa also helps quiet the texture of the canvas which can be permanent (does not flatten out).  
    5. The masa provides for additional handling properties - with the unevenness of the canvas a poster can get caught.
    6. The color of the canvas doesn't frame the poster well, so you would need to trim it which defeats some of the purpose of backing.  

    2) Is watercolor the only acceptable method for fixing blemishes? (Reversible)

    That is reversible, yes again for standard practice... There are water souble waxes colors but you have to buy the right ones.  There is gouache paints which is just high pigment water colors...  Acrylic are reversible.  So is poly on furniture but you have to use steel wool to get it off.  Same with acrylic - its reversible but you have to mechanically agitate it which leave to image loss etc.  It does not just float off or dissolve with out hurting the image below.

    3) Is an overcoat spray of workable fixative (which is supposed to be removable) ever ok?

    It's not reversible (without solvent - and again then that takes agitation which could damage the poster).  Neither is acrylic, which all the pros use for needed touch ups.  The question then is - Does it hurt the poster?  They make archival fixatives, they use fixatives all the time on photo restoration. Artist use it all the time to seal in water and charcoal works that are to stand the test of time... It could be ok (like acrylic paints) as long as conservation is not the main goal.  I don't like to use it. It's like a lie to me.   A poster is what it is, fixative only covers stuff up.

  • Re: When does it approach insanity?

    I can... Just think of the one poster you want - he has it.  Let's test the theory...

    Rear Window Three Sheet?
  • Re: colour fading in posters

    So Michael Eisner's wife wanted all the signs leading into to Disney World to be purple... Not a big deal right??? Except that there weren't a lot of purple sheeting (plastic for making the signs) but she wanted it anyway... But after only a couple of years all the signs had faded so badly they had to replace them all costing lots of money... It wasn't until the early 2000s the 3M finally came out with purple sheeting that didn't fade... I worked on the research project that tested the sheeting for our transportation agency.  Got the Eisner story from a behind the scene transportation tour...
  • Re: Lobby Cards, Inserts, 30x40s

    Does the 2-ply have a weight? Wouldn't have thought it would have curled on you. Nice looking poster!
    Think card stock per layer. So the 2-ply is double card stock, 4-ply...

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