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  • ANCESTRAL MINDSCAPES

    Location: Toronto, ON

    Ancestral Mindscapes is an autobiographical collaboration using video, sound and photography to explore..
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  • Clay Tile Workshop

    Location: Edmonton, AB

    Participants will be working with clay to hand-build tiles using a variety of..
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  • Edible and Medicinal Gardening Lecture

    Location: Edmonton, AB

    Ukrainian settlers brought with them a wide range of traditional knowledge and practices,..
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  • Acrylic Painting for Beginners

    Location: Edmonton, AB

    Do you want to create a bright & beautiful acrylic landscape in one..
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  • Willow Heart Weaving Workshop

    Location: Edmonton, AB

    Willow Heart Weaving Workshop In this workshop, participants will learn how to trim and..
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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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  • Invisible by PAINTER8

    Location: Edmonton, AB

    Please join us at PAINTER8, and other Edmonton art lovers alike, for the..
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  • 19th Annual Stouffville Studio Tour

    Location: Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville, ON

    The 19th Annual Stouffville Studio Tour is an event you don’t want to..
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  • Wheat Centrepiece Workshop

    Location: Edmonton, AB

    Join this class to learn how to make a didukh-style centrepiece that can..
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  • Radio Silence

    Location: Quebec city, QC

    Québec, August 19, 2019 – Folie/Culture invites all those who express themselves through..
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  • LOOK AGAIN!

    Location: Saskatoon, SK

    LOOK AGAIN! PAINTINGS BY KATHLEEN SLAVIN AND GAIL PRPICK AT UNIVERSITY..
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  • Watercolour Workshop with Frank Townsley

    Location: Vancouver, BC

    Sunday 22nd September 10.00 AM - 5.00 PM ..
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  • Figureworks 2019

    Location: Ottawa, ON

    Figureworks 2019 Call for Artists The call for submissions to the 10th annual juried..
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  • Quasi-Nature

    Location: Montreal, QC

    Archive Contemporary Art Gallery is pleased to present Quasi-Nature, a group exhibition curated..
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  • National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society 2019 Fall Online International Exhibition

    Location: Windsor, ON

    The National Oil & Acrylic Painters’ Society (NOAPS) invites oil and acrylic painters..
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  • Unsettling Nature

    Location: Toronto, ON

    An Exhibition at: The Garage Gallery Benmiller with Artists Jill Price, Leslie Putnam, Morag Webster..
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  • Through the Eyes of a Child

    Location: CALGARY, AB

    Artists Statement: Ed Flanagan My wife had a career as an elementary school..
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  • Exposition solo Lac-Mégantic

    Location: Lac-Mégantic, QC

    L'eau, une mine d'Art du 8 juillet au 8 septembre 2019..
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  • Sustainable Fashion Designer Looking for Studio Space in Mississauga

    Location: Mississauga, ON

    Hi, I'm Amanda, I am an emerging fashion designer starting my business designing..
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  • 32 Points- 32 Voices: A Compass of Peace

    Location: Toronto, ON

    32 Points - 32 Voices: A Compass of Peace International Exhibition September 6-27, 2019 Cedar Ridge..
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Printmaking Series (9 of 21) - Making a printers chop

By Nik Semenoff August 2, 2004

} Making a printers chop Printmaking Series - Part 9 of 21 By Nik Semenoff Since printers chops are expensive, most printers don't have one. On a recent collaboration in Hong Kong I had not taken mine as weight was a concern. After finishing an edition, I sorely wanted to affix my chop in the corner as usual. I came up with a simple unit using nothing but matte board. I have since reworked the chop with a tougher card that will standup to many editions. Try and find a tough hard card which will be used for any other purpose than writing. Mine is used in the electrical motor industry but there should be others that would work as well. Cut two pieces about 3.5 x 5 inches. On one of them draw your design in the centre and close to one end. Don't make the design too complicated as you only have a sharp pointed knife to cut out the shape. An Xacto blade with a sharp point is best for cutting thigh curves, while an Olfa knife would work well for straighter portions. You will need the piece cut out so be careful not to damage it. Cut at an angle so that the print will be embossed and not die-cut, which will happen if the cut is vertical. Tough card will be hard to cut perfectly, but with care it can be done. When the shape is free, position it on the other piece of card, using the piece it was cut from to place it. Using a strong glue, attach it to the base card and leave it to dry. It may be a good idea to remove some of the edges of the die to leave some room for the rag paper of the print. All you want is a nice embossed shape with no torn edges. I would suggest you take off the corners of the top card so that the bottom one can be easily slipped under the print. Carefully align the two cards, leave even space between the die edges, then staple the cards at the other end from the die. Now you can use this for embossing prints by putting the sheet between the cards and roll over the opening with a hard roller, such as used in wallpapering. With care this chop should standup well for the casual printmakers or the dedicated one who is on a trip. ________________________________________________ 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.