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Printmaking Scrapers

Scrapers are generally used in printmaking for beveling the edges of the printers plate in order to keep it from cutting the paper as it goes through the press. However, the purpose for encaustic is much different.

Scrapers can be used for many different techniques, but the more common uses are fairly simple and straight forward. You can remove paint fairly quick by using the edge of the scraper blade; the tapered point allows you to access small areas, corners, etc. Prior to fusing it is also easy to remove the unfused layer(s) because it has not become part of the lower layer(s); layers remain fragile and are easy to separate when they have not gone through this process. Revealing the under layer is also achieved much the same way; only practice and a steady hand are needed after the fusing process has been completed. Remember that it helps to have a warm clean tool (except when removing a unfused layer); encaustic will stick to cold or cool metal.

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Revisiting old topics and filling in holes is quite a chore, yet a necessary one, one that will offer more quality information. For example: recent activity and questions surrounding hardboard and/or masonite, has directed our attention to fill in the blanks on that topic (currently under revision/addition), as well as, more about gesso (specifically encaustic gesso) and other topics (search the tabs), all are in the works. 

Prior years were to get as much general information as possible up and available- a starting point. More and more however, new topics are focused and detailed, and old ones will be getting revisiting; removing any possibility of confusion. 

I should point out that this is a one person operation (takes me awhile to get around to everything, ohh yeah, I should make some art), Anyway, where was I?, oh! one person operation..., even though I tend to refer in posts and topics as we, it is to remove the need to revisit things later when it really is we. All of this whilst working, making art, and whatever may be the case.

As always, I welcome any opinions, comments, and questions- simply contact me.

Thank you
Jonathan Parks