Thursday, September 10, 2009

Oops, Changes in Technology & Material

The instructions, from my 1980's textbook, said to apply a thin layer of lighter fluid on a glossy magazine page, put drawing paper on top, and rub or draw lines from the other side of the drawing paper. The printing ink was to lift a little bit and the drawing paper absorb it, making a faint, mirrored copy of the page/photo/text on the drawing paper. I tried it with Ben's Zippo fluid with two types of paper to no avail, then with grape seed oil, to no avail.

I then spoke to a local print guy, who said in the 80's print ink used to be mineral oil-based, but nowadays it is vegetable oil-based, and couldn't think of any other solution to try.

But this particular magazine, The New Zealand Listener, makes my hand dirty whenever I have certain types of moisturizer on my hand, but I can't remember which. I'm thinking there must be something, before I resort to mineral turpentine again?

Have you done anything like this?


  1. Thank you, Dana of, for this link:

  2. Goodness me: I remember doing this in my high school art class, back in the 80s. I haven't thought about it since!

  3. Did you? I think I might experiment with baby oil next.

  4. This is also from Dana:


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