Re: Masa-gum question for Keith Gerling
I purchase my masa here:
I'm assuming that Loris buys his somewhere closer to you.
Please realize that my enthusiasm for masa rests solely in its cost.
I buy this paper for $.80 US per sheet. Given that it comes in sheets
of 21x31 inches, the aspect ratio is perfect for my present digital
SLR work. If money was no object, I'd certainly be using Fabriano
Artistico. Although there are some nice eccentricities that happen
occasionally with masa, it would certainly not be using it if it were
not for the fact that I can pitch a sheet in the trash with no regret.
2008/9/24 Stane Kocar <firstname.lastname@example.org>:
> Keith, would you be so kind to send me the adress?
> I couldn't get masa here in Slovenia but I would like to try it after all
> this reading.
> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Keith Gerling" <email@example.com>
> To: <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> Sent: Wednesday, September 24, 2008 3:22 PM
> Subject: Re: Masa-gum question for Keith Gerling
>> Masa is so thn that it is hard to keep it stable when coating. As the
>> emulsion soaks into the paper, it swells and subsequent brushstrokes
>> over the swelled areas cause pulling and creases. The larger the
>> paper, the greater the problem.
>> Pre-shrunk and sized paper has never presented any registration
>> problems for me.
>> Where do you purchase your masa? I know a person in Serbia that might
>> appreciate a source.
>> 2008/9/24 Loris Medici <email@example.com>:
>>> Keith can you please hint these problems? I have two packs of 100 sheet
>>> Masa paper on hand and definitely want to use this paper in the future...
>>> My observations is as following:
>>> - The paper change dimensions considerably, especially after few layers
>>> (due image shrinkage), because it's so thin. Therefore, registering in
>>> subsequent printings can be hard.
>>> - The nappy side (as Katharine names it) holds gum well but is relatively
>>> ugly, the smooth side is too slick and hard to work (to me).
>>> - It dries very fast (non-issue to me since I work with a hairdryer even
>>> with Fabriano Artistico and can finish a 4 layer print in an evening,
>>> excluding the sizing step...)
>>> - It's cheap. (Featuring Judy's expression ->) Did I say it's cheap?
>>> 23 Eylül 2008, Salı, 11:47 pm tarihinde, Katharine Thayer yazmış:
>>>> On Sep 23, 2008, at 11:10 AM, Keith Gerling wrote:
>>>>> There are disadvantages working with masa, but the price makes up for
>>> them. With masa you actually get two papers, as the rough side and the
>>> smooth side are completely different. There are actually a few
>>> interesting little surprises that await those willing to experiment.
>>>> I look forward to discovering those, I think? :--).
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