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« on: March 02, 2009 10:41:54 AM »

I'm a visual journal artist, and I've tried just about everything to keep my mixed-media journal pages from curling.

I've gesso-ed the pages first, I've used glazes instead of straight water to thin paint, and I've used all sorts of adhesives from mod-podge (horrible page curler, by the way) to gel medium, glue stick and double sided tape and nothing seems to do the trick.

My current visual journal has 4 hand-sewn signatures of all kinds of paper - thick watercolor paper, old cardboard box remnants, pages from old art books, manila file folders etc and all of them curl.

I can't really flatten them or iron them without compromising the binding, so I don't know what to do! Any tips would be so appreciated.
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« Reply #1 on: March 06, 2009 07:40:07 AM »

I used to have the same problem with my Art Journals.  I've started putting mine under a huge encyclopedia at night before I go to bed and it seems to have cured the curling problem for me by flattening everything out during those nighttime hours.  Just make sure everything is dry first (or put wax paper between the pages).

I've used all those same adhesives, too...I'm now stuck on Elmer's Blue Gel Glu.  It's cheap and works very well.

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« Reply #2 on: April 11, 2009 02:26:33 PM »

if you now you are going to use paint or aquarelpaint, I would recommend binding some aquarelpapers into the book, it's really thick, grain paper so it won't curl so quick, but it's expensive ...

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