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Re: [BKARTS] Paper grain

If I understand your reply correctly, I think you are wrong with your description of "curl". The damp side will EXPAND, thus the curl will be toward the DRY side, and AWAY from the damp/wet side.
I always tell students to think of paper as a woven, bamboo placemat. The bamboo placemat, just as with paper, will roll or curl more easily in one direction. Therefore, if you wet (mist or sponge) "one side" of the paper, the fibers will immediately expand and the paper will curl, and that should tell you the grain direction.
Bill Minter

On Nov 29, 2006, at 4:51 PM, Chad Longley wrote:

I hold it up by one corner and spray the opposite corner. It immediately
starts to curl along one edge toward the damp side.

Chad Longley

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Subject: Re: [BKARTS] Paper grain

Thanks Charles
I just tried this ... but can I show my ignorance further by
asking - are you lying it flat or holding it up ...I haven't
got much curling going on...are you damping it with a cloth
or immersing it gently in water?


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