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  • Confluent Dreams

    Location: North Battleford, SK

    An afternoon exhibition, cranky theatre and musical performance all taking place at..
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  • Love At First Sight

    Location: Regina, SK

    Love At First Sight / Regina Art Collective members: Dave Gedjos / DeLee Grant..
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  • In Other Words

    Location: Regina, SK

    In Other Words / Regina Art Collective members: Nikki Jacquin / Derek Olson / Mark..
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  • Alee & Ayla: Approaches to Portraiture

    Location: Regina, SK

    H.J. Linnen; Patron of the Regina Art Collective will be exhibiting works from his..
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  • Call for Art - 4th Annual Black & White Art Competition

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Fusion Art invites submissions for the 4th Annual Black & White online art..
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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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  • 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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  • “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

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Printmaking Series (8 of 21) - Using pin registration for accuracy

By Nik Semenoff July 26, 2004

} Using pin registration for accuracy Printmaking Series - Part 8 of 21 By Nik Semenoff T-bar and needle are some of the more used methods of registration in hand lithography. Amongst all the systems I have tried, the punched hole and registration pin is by far the most accurate. In North America the standard pins are ¼ inch and the punches are accurately made to fit. Commercial punch system are expensive, but may be purchased sometime on E-bay and from commercial shops changing their operation. Registration pins can be purchased from graphic houses at reasonable prices. Three-hole paper punches make good hole punches, but look for older models still using ¼ inch holes as new ones are manufactured in Asia, using larger holes. The holes should be as far apart as practical for more accurate registration at the far end of the plate. Some paper punches can be changed to remove the middle unit and make it easier to punch the aluminium sheet. Tab sizes The width set by the distances in your punch will be the standard for your studio. Keep it constant so you can recycle plates and save money. The pins are taped down on press beds, light tables or anywhere registration is important. Ordinary masking tape is usually used for this purpose. The pins come in different heights but the standard seems to be 1/8th inch. A common make of pin has the back just spot welded to the shaft, but be careful in using these if the hole is too tight in the plate. It is easy to break off the pin due to the weak weld. Slightly enlarger such holes with a reamer or a sharp blade. Pins Pin on press Sometimes it is best to attach tabs with holes to the edge of the paper sheet to overcome some printing layout. While these are available commercially, they come in only a few lengths, are expensive and could be hard to find. I have used old sheets of Mylar and negatives to make my own to the length I need at the time. I cut pieces of Mylar to the length and then use the paper punch to make holes about 2 inches apart. I next place two of these sheets side by side with the holes at the opposite side. Using ½ inch double faced tape, I put down one surface overlapping each sheet by ¼ inch. The sheets are separated at the middle of the tape, then cut into separate tags with scissors. To use, the distance between the pins is set from a punched metal plate, then the paper is positioned on the plate with the back side up. The tabs are attached by removing the protecting material. Leaving this sheet of paper in place, the next sheet is placed on top for registration and the tabs attached. Remove this sheet and replace with another. Punch Changing the subject. Before I acquired my hole punch system, I used T-Bar registration. At first I used the regular method penciling a line in the centre of one edge with the sheet staggered to produce a short line. Then on to the other end. This was tedious and even with a 9H pencil the line was not thin enough for best registration. I developed a better and faster way to make the centre marks. I would stack my sheets for the edition and find the center at each end. Using a sharp Olfa knife, I would cut through the entire sheets, about ¼ inch deep in from the edge. From the front of the sheet it was invisible, but easily seen when placing the paper on the plate. If in doubt, it is simple to twist the paper with your finger as it would normally be close to the centre anyway. The sharp distinct line made for better registration and much faster to prepare the 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.