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  • National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society 2020 Spring Online International Exhibition

    Location: , ON

    The National Oil & Acrylic Painters’ Society (NOAPS) invites oil and acrylic painters..
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  • Land and Sky - 2 Artist/2 Perspectives

    Location: Windsor, ON

    PAINTING WORKSHOP AT SHO ART STUDIOS APRIL 3rd 4th and 5th 2020..
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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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  • 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 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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  • 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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Printmaking (Series 16 of 21) - Mylar Toner transfers from Mylar

By Nik Semenoff September 19, 2004

} Mylar Toner transfers from Mylar Printmaking Series - Part 16 of 21 By Nik Semenoff One of the exciting techniques allowed with toner is transferring unto plates an image drawn on Mylar. On a sheet of Mylar registered to a key image, you can apply toner washes with solvent or water. Of course any transfer system will mirror the image on the plate and one does not have to draw backwards. I prefer to use the smooth surfaced Mylar, but the frosted variety can work as well. The reticulation on Mylar is very pronounced as the smooth surface allows the toner particles to move freely. Set the drawing aside to dry on a level surface. You can tell if the toner is dry completely through to the Mylar by looking at the back. There should not be a darker look to the thicker parts of the image as this will prevent proper transfer of the toner. A great advantage to this method is that the toner can now be removed from areas that do not require that particular color. Do this with simple tools made from Popsicle sticks or tongue depressors, depending on the width of the area you want to work on. Cut off one end to be square and form a beveled edge similar to a chisel, by rubbing on sandpaper. With these tools you can cleanly remove the toner right up to the edge of another color, allowing for a slight overlap to trap the image. This routine allows the pattern of the wash to continue under the selected area without disruption. For finer areas and the initial outlining of a shape, use a ¼ dowel pointed in a pencil sharpener. Doing multicolor editions can cause a lot of stress when it comes to registration. By printing one proof of the key plate, you can register Mylars and toner images to it very easily, using punched registration pins for best results. Even when printing any color edition and you see that an addition of some tint would make the print better; it is simple to use this method. To make the transfer the dried Mylar is carefully placed face down on the plate. Place 3-4 sheets of newsprint on top for packing between it and the tympan. Using enough pressure to transfer the toner, pass the plate through the press. If done properly, 99.9% of the toner is transferred to the substrate. The Mylar sheet can be used again many times. Nik Semenoff I have developed an interesting technique in which selective pressure is used in the transfer of the image. Using very accurate registration system, the transfer to the first color plate is done under light pressure so that only the thicker areas of the toner are removed. The remaining toner can be transfer to other plates to print different colors in any number of steps, but I recommend keeping it to no more than four. This produces images much like posterization, or viscosity intaglio - but with white areas of paper showing through. I must add that toner is not a toxic material as some are prone to promote. ________________________________________________ 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.