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« on: February 01, 2010 09:25:12 AM »

I guess this could be considered a general "paint" question, but:
Essentially, I'm block-printing onto brown paper lunch bags.  They are going to be inserts inside various media (mainly cassette tapes), so they will be touched at least a little and need to hold up relatively well.
I don't want to get speedball ink because I am cheap, and I don't want to have to invest in the retarder stuff, and all that.  I'm not convinced that it would work for my needs, it gets dry fast and otherwise doesn't play well with others.
It also needs to be relatively washable, because the material I cut the stamp into is kind of touchy.
So what I'm asking is, do you think that just regular craft/acrylic paint would kind of...wear off of brown paper?  It doesn't seem like the paper soaks up ink as much as the ink sits on its surface, and I'm worried that the art would wear off really quick, which would be really bad.
Does anyone have any other suggestions?
« Reply #1 on: February 01, 2010 09:49:13 AM »

Some brown paper bags have some sort of coating on them so I can see why the ink just sits on the surface. Have you tried just buying that uncoated brown paper (usually comes on big rolls) its also very cheap and might work better than the bags. Now i'm not sure about the lasting power of the acrylic paint because I have never printed with it and would be a little weary. You can skip out on the retarder all it does is speed up drying time so if you have a place to let it dry for a day or so you will be fine.

I hope that helps I bit. I rarely use water soluble inks so I can't recommend any good ones. Good luck!
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« Reply #2 on: May 15, 2010 09:33:42 AM »

What about rubber stamping ink? There is something called Staz On that is pretty permanent - I used it on vellum & it's supposed to hold up. It comes in lot's of colors.

« Reply #3 on: May 20, 2010 09:56:10 AM »

Hi, new to posting (longtime lurker, hope I'm not being annoying). 
Are you making artwork for a new cassette recording or using cassettes as holders for other things?  Just curious, we love tapes in my house - and nothing is cooler than a handmade mixtape cover. 

I think acrylic paint would work, as long as it isn't watered down.  The only touching issue I can think of would be thick paint cracking, so thinner layers might work better.  Also, your question reminded me of an artist I don't personally know but happily stumbled across and bookmarked - fantastic paintings on paper bags, his statement says it's acrylic paint. 

Hope that helps, Laci

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« Reply #4 on: May 22, 2010 08:23:30 AM »

By the way, retarder doesn't speed up acrylic drying time, it slows it down. Acrylics can dry in a few minutes if you're working in a dry (non humid) area. Retarders are definitely to way to go if you're going to use acrylic paint to block print, though, because otherwise your ink bed will dry up before you've had time to make 2 prints.
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