Image above: hidden/revealed, acrylic & ink on aluminum, 17.5 x 23.5 inches

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Notes, Journal et cetera software

Someone called it the best application you didn't know you had already.

Microsoft's OneNote and OneNote 2016 are very useful [you guessed it] for note taking, but also collecting data from the Internet.  See this for comparison:

Data like: articles, pages, addresses and so on, then as you grab them they organize into your folders.

I've begun to use it for ideas and research for some artist book works, my ideas and also what others have done, for buying supplies for later and other relevant sites.

The basic OneNote is free for all devices, drawback perhaps is limited to cloud storage,  The OneNote 2016 has more internal organizational options and save to cloud or local storage - however it is part of the not-so-free Office package.

So specifically what I'm doing:

- ideas, drawings and design elements [like fonts] for my next art book

- a folder with pages of suppliers for paints, inks, paper: you can grab their pdf and insert it directly to a page, you can pull a item/price list from a web page [or the whole page].  Think about how Dick Blick organizes items and prices, just drop that sucker into your folder.

- a folder with processes listed, directions and my observations  I'm starting to scan in my gravures and make notes with the images.  I lose paper notes like crazy so this should totally fix that prob.

- a doodle folder [yeah if you can draw on your machine you can draw into OneNote].

If you're using the cloud storage, then you can save lists, photos to/from your smarty phone or tablet.

I've got the free version as I don't use Microsoft Office, but the free OpenOffice from someone nicer ;)

So far I feel so warm and fuzzy being organized


Friday, October 14, 2016

Storage for photopolymer plates

I've been doing a lot of work with photopolymer plates, particularly with the 4x5 inch size.

So, I've plates sitting everywhere wrapped in paper and realize it's not such a great way to store these dudes.

Archival storage for these plates should include:

1. no pressure on the engraved surface, so vertical [edge-on] rather than flat.

2. given that this is an emulsion [polymer plastic] layered onto steel, then de-lamination must be considered.  Temperature and humidity control occur to me.  An airtight box with silica gel to moderate humidity.

3. low cost and available

After looking for a number of weeks what I've found is the OXO Softworks POP container.  The one rated as 2.6 qt will fit 4x5 plates edge-on, with extra space at the top to close this airtight gasket-like seal; about $16 here in Albuquerque.  Thinking thin sheets of acid neutral paper between each plate.

Kinda' nifty.

Now the search for storage with those 8x10 plates....

Can't believe I'm so far behind on my blog writing.  Ah, summer, blame it on summer.


PS anyone with other solutions be very glad to hear about them.