Monday, November 04, 2019

Do you make tests?

I think tests are important. These little booklets are where I store information about each paper. They can also lead to interesting discoveries. When I buy a new paper I like to make a little pamphlet bound book of eight or so pages. They are usually tied with a bow so I can easily take them apart later and add pages. I sometimes run a page through my printer, often paint on one to see how it holds up, then do some score and fold tests to see if the paper cracks. It's also good to draw, doodle, or test out things like rubber stamp inks, which go through a lot of papers.

An assortment of test booklets. The largest are 5.5 inches high. All images will enlarge.

Fabriano Artistico. I do like torn edges on my pages. I like the look and I prefer to not have waste if I can help it. When I tear the pages I test for grain and make a note of that. Not all web sites list the grain of paper they sell. I also make a little tearing diagram. Sometimes I note how many sheets I have although that hasn't worked so well because I forget to update that information.

Fabriano Artistico. Two layers of acrylic paint, fold tests with notes. This paper formed a few small cracks on the fold.

Fabriano Artistico. I chose this image to print because there are some very subtle areas that might not show up. There is a largish face in the lower right that is too hard to see. I could possibly increase the contrast but it might not work for low contrast images.

Fabriano Artistico. This is from a marker phase. I note the specific materials so I can see later which work and which don't.

Khadi Nepalese Tsasho Dark. I love this paper and I haven't made a book with it yet.

Khadi Nepalese Tsasho Dark. Which materials I test depend on what I'm working on at the moment, so it's a little random. I do leave extra blank pages so I can go back and try out other stuff.

Khadi Nepalese Tsasho Dark. Sometimes I just can't stop testing.


eileen2000 said...

I love to test and document but I am usually too excited to document very well. A more steady relationship with making might help. I do "big art" (meaning anything more than quick intuitive drawings) so rarely that I get excited and go too fast trying tons of different things at once.

Judith Hoffman said...

Hi Eileen, I'm just getting to this. First, your quick intuitive drawings are amazing, so don't stop. Second, I get the idea that you can't wait to get into the "good" stuff. And testing can seem like a waste of time unless it's for things you are about to use and really need. But you are amazing, keep doing what you are doing. I haven't seen any of your "big art" that looks like it needed a test. Maybe you are editing out the things you aren't happy with?

coolsnags said...

Just the little samples are visually appealing. You’re so organized!

coolsnags said...

The little samples are appealing!

coolsnags said...

Yes, but nasty scrap polymer! Not one bit appealing.

Judith Hoffman said...

Even nasty scrap polymer has it's uses. And can be fun. (-: