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Old 02-24-2008, 10:18 PM
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Need advice - archival adhesive that won't bleed?

Hi,

Not sure how to explain this, but I have these drawings that are made of lots of little drawings on many pieces of paper. Like a puzzle--when all the pieces of paper are put together, you have the image.

What I did not forsee was the obvious--each individual piece is totally curled up; won't stay flat. I wanted to put these all together and mount them on a board for framing. Normally, for something collage-like, I would use acrylic medium as an adhesive. Unfortunately this won't work, because I tested it out, and anything wet, like acrylic medium or glue, bleeds through to the front. With all this white paper, the adhesive bleeding through won't work.

Wasn't sure where to post this, since it's actually a drawing. But since it's a drawing made of many pieces (of curled paper), I figured it was sort of like a collage, and that this might be the place to ask.

A reputable frame shop recommended that I use a spray adhesive, and insisted that it wouldn't bleed through. However, I just don't know if I trust spray adhesive. Even if there's an archival brand.....that stuff just doesn't seem reliable.

Anyway, any ideas would be most appreciated! Thanks.
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Old 02-25-2008, 08:07 AM
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Re: Need advice - archival adhesive that won't bleed?

I do believe a spray adhesive would do the trick but would it stick enough without getting to much under each piece? I'm sure there must be an archival type for this at the art store or if you look through Dick Blick online. Hope this helps!
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Old 02-25-2008, 03:38 PM
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Re: Need advice - archival adhesive that won't bleed?

Maybe you could spray a fixative on each piece before attempting to adhere in place. I've never had a trouble with spray adhesives, but I don't use them that often. Mostly I do use acrylic mediums, but after spraying on an acrylic fixative.
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Old 02-26-2008, 04:31 PM
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Re: Need advice - archival adhesive that won't bleed?

I have recently started using Sobo glue which is liquid to put together pieces of paper. I make folded books and attach the cover this way. I have not had any problems with the glue bleeding through or curling on the pieces. But, it may depend on how thick your paper is. Try it on a small piece that is not important before using on an important or large piece. I have found that spray adhesive does not seem to last a long time.
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Old 02-26-2008, 08:07 PM
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Re: Need advice - archival adhesive that won't bleed?

Per Peter Madden, a world-renowned book artist, Elmer's glue is archival. We printmakers also use wallpaper wheat paste (you can find it at hardware stores, the kind that is dry powder and not pre-mixed).

Ron Pokrasso, another printmaker also uses spray adhesives and stick glue. Don't know if these are archival as he is not that concerned with that, but you can possibly find info on line.

If yhou use Sobo or Elmer's you have to put some on then scrape most of it away with a credit card type of scraper. I never had problems with them bleeding through but perhaps my paper was thicker.
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Old 02-27-2008, 01:14 AM
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Re: Need advice - archival adhesive that won't bleed?

Yeah...this is pretty thin drawing paper; the kind from a pad.

Scraping the excess away with a credit card is a good idea; i wouldn't have thought of that.

I will have to look into the Sobo glue and the wheat paste. I did have a feeling that spray adhesive might not last long.
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Old 02-27-2008, 06:42 PM
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Re: Need advice - archival adhesive that won't bleed?

I have had problems with the Elmer's glue bleeding through the paper. I guess I am not as neat as I should be.
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