Authors: Chris Jewett and Jack Upchurch
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Recently, Jack Upchurch and Chris Jewett, members of the Tidewater Camera Club of Easton, Maryland, attended a Les Picker Fine Art Printing Workshop. Following the event, the men decided to try a framing project that we felt would benefit all fine art printmakers. Here is their account.
During the workshop we were introduced to a variety of fine art print papers. One of these papers was Moab’s Moenkopi Unryu, a Japanese rice paper with mulberry long strands. As stated on the Moab website:
“This paper is meant to be used for specific types of images. The texture and fibers of this paper are visually apparent and it has a soft tactile feel to it. Every print will look different and you do not have control as to where the fibers will appear in your composition. It tends to work best for more ethereal, possibly dreamy subject matter where the tones and colors lie in a mid to high-key tonal range.”
Unryu particularly fit the bill for one of the images Chris brought to the workshop. After printing a sample 8x10" image on Unryu, Les explained how he believed it could best be matted and framed, and left it to us to accomplish that task once they returned home.
Back home, Jack went to work on “the problem”. He owns all the necessary tools and equipment, so all he needed to do was order supplies. After some experimentation, Jack finally produced a viable procedure close to what Les had described. That procedure is outlined below.