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  • CALL FOR ARTISTS: VENICE INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR 2020

    Location: Venice,

    CALL FOR ARTISTS: VENICE INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR 2020 Venice | April 09 – May..
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  • CALL FOR ARTISTS: THE EXTENDED BODY 2020

    Location: London,

    CALL FOR ARTISTS: THE EXTENDED BODY – MIXING CULTURES ITSLIQUID International Art Exhibition THE..
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  • Call for Proposals: 2020 The WALL Artist

    Location: Vancouver, BC

    Vancouver Heritage Foundation is now accepting proposals from independent artists and curators for..
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  • 10th Annual

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery announces an art call for the..
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  • Appreciation of the Arts

    Location: London, ON

    Three day art and music event to recognize local artists in London, Ontario...
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  • Call to Artists - 2020 Sooke Fine Arts Show

    Location: Sooke, BC

    Artists are invited to submit work for consideration to the 2020 Sooke Fine..
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  • INK by Shawn Zheng

    Location: Saskatoon, SK

    Shu Cheng (Shawn) Zheng features his distinctive style of making marks in Chinese..
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  • North Shore Art Crawl

    Location: North Shore, BC

    The North Shore Art Crawl is a free community arts event March 7+8,..
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  • Art exhibit at local funeral home is proof art isn’t dead!

    Location: Alexandria, ON

    • Friday, 21 Feb 6--9: Wine & cheese, entertainment by recording artist Katie..
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  • New Craft Coalition: Call to Artists

    Location: Calgary, AB

    New Craft Coalition invites applications from all mid-career and professional artists to be..
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  • TRAVEL EXHIBITION

    Location: Toronto, ON

    John Mantha will be participating in a group show at Twist Gallery in..
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  • David Tycho: Urbania

    Location: Vancouver, BC

    Guest artist David Tycho will exhibit 10 paintings from his latest series. This series..
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  • ACAF (Accessible Art Fair) 2020

    Location: Brussels,

    ACAF (Accessible Art Fair) is back on October 15-18, 2020 for its 14th..
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  • Clarkson Society of Artists 2020 Show & Sale

    Location: Mississauga, ON

    The Clarkson Society of Artists invites you to attend their annual show &..
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  • Call for Artists: Urban Matrix

    Location: North Vancouver, BC

    North Van Arts is inviting artists to take part in an upcoming group..
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  • 9th Artist Spotlight Solo Art Competition

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Fusion Art is now accepting entries for the 9th Artist Spotlight Solo Art..
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  • Call for Art - 11th Annual

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery announces an art call for the..
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  • Call For Artists: The Other Art Fair Toronto

    Location: Toronto, ON

    The Other Art Fair are thrilled to present the newest edition of The..
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  • Call for Art - 4th Annual Colors Art Competition

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Fusion Art invites submissions for the 4th Annual Colors online art competition. For this..
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  • Marlene Kawalez and Corynn Kokolakis

    Location: Toronto, ON

    Presented by: Cedar Ridge Gallery. Part of the Cedar Ridge Gallery Contemporary Exhibition series. March..
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  • Jane Selbie and Joseph Farrugia

    Location: Toronto, ON

    Presented by: Cedar Ridge Gallery. Part of the Cedar Ridge Gallery Contemporary Exhibition series. February..
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  • Dianne Davis and the WAP Collective

    Location: Toronto, ON

    Presented by: Cedar Ridge Gallery. Part of the Cedar Ridge Gallery Contemporary Exhibition series. February..
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  • “Grey” International Call - Art & Literature Journal - Deadline February 28, 2020

    Location: Toronto, ON

    | Theme: Grey surrounds us, sometimes in surprising ways. In beach pebbles, a..
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  • on thin ice Polar Bear Art Exhibit

    Location: Toronto, ON

    On thin ice is a solo exhibit of polar bear portrait paintings by..
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  • Support the Worldwide Art Community | Participate in 6x6x2020

    Location: Rochester, ON

    Hello Artists in Canada, We want YOU to participate in 6x6x2020! Let your creative..
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  • Olivier Du Tre: New Works

    Location: CALGARY, AB

    January 7 to February 29, 2020 At HUB@302 302-1235 26 Ave SE, Calgary, AB..
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  • WAAH 124th Juried Exhibition at the Art Gallery of Hamilton

    Location: Hamilton, ON

    Who:  The Women’s Art Association of Hamilton (WAAH) at the Art Gallery of..
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  • The Indian Contemporary Art Competition

    Location: New York, NY, ON

    The Indian Contemporary Art Competition (ICAC) aims to discover and promote talented artists..
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  • The Loft On King Street

    Location: Toronto, ON

    The Loft On King Street is one of the most unique private event..
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  • Overzealous Fine Art Exhibition 2020 Call for Entry

    Location: Toronto (GTA), ON

    Submission Deadline: Sunday, March 1st, 2020 -- Exhibition Dates: March 30 – April 18,..
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Printmaking Series (6 of 21) - Screen printing with simple pastes

By Nik Semenoff July 12, 2004

} Screen printing with simple pastes Printmaking Series - Part 6 of 21 By Nik Semenoff For years screen printers had to put up with the solvents in ink made for commercial sign painters. Because editions released a large amount of the toxic material, studios were a dangerous place to work. Add to this the cleanup solvents to reclaim screens, plus the chemicals to remove emulsions, made screen printing the most dangerous of the print media. If the artist chose to work with glossy vinyl ink, then the hazard increased many times. Nik Semenoff An artists working alone in their studio would certainly have a problem with the solvents, but classrooms produced a copious amount of toxic fumes as students worked on their assignments. It is this concern that made me look to a safer material for my classes. Originally I tried the various water based ink designed for signs and printing on cloth. The most applicable contained acrylic emulsion and was an improvement over solvent types in regard to safety. Because students are not experience in printing, they would regularly plug the screen as the acrylic dried and was no longer removable with plain water. Strong solvents were needed to save their screens and this was a step backwards. Besides the manufacturers color selections left a lot to be desired, but those with a better variety tended to be very costly. A better way had to be found. Considering that the Japanese have been using rice paste for their block prints for centuries, many of these have survived if not lost from disasters. The media certainly was archival even when the printers did not consider this important. With this in mind, I experimented with common cornstarch paste and universal tinting pigments from a paint store. The results were beyond my expectations. I found that paste was the only binding medium that would reproduce the very fine particles of toner washes on Mylar. As for pigments, today most are made from organic materials and included in oil, acrylic, watercolor and pastel palettes. Consider the automobile exposed to hot daylight sun over many years - they keep their color extremely well. The universal tinting pigments from a reputable house paint company are classified into interior and exterior. I feel that the exterior grade should certainly be of high enough quality to withstand deterioration in a frame inside the home. Alan Flint Cooking cornstarch for the classroom was beyond the call of duty so I looked for an easier supply of paste. Considering the ingredients of wallpaper paste is simple starches and preservatives, I was told they cannot be made cheaper than the what price of wheat is regularly. After trying a number of products, I found one that fit the requirements perfectly. The cost of running the print department was reduced by a large factor as the paste and pigments cost combined were a small faction of screen ink. Cleanup was simple water, and if the student let the ink dry in their screen, a good flood coat would soften the ink so it could be easily removed. While fine art screen printers may not feel comfortable in using these materials, schools and teaching institutions could make the studio much safer and save on their budgets. Printers have voiced their concerns about paper wrinkling from the wet paste, but in my experience with rag paper of the average print weight, there has been very little change when viewed from the back. Water based block prints and the acrylic inks created greater distortion on paper. ________________________________________________ Copyright © 2004 Nik Semenoff Nik Semenoff Artist-in-residence University of Saskatchewan Visit Nik Semenoff's website at duke.usask.ca/~semenoff/ for more information.