Expressive type experimentations pt.4

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Expressive type is definitely a realm of type that I would love to explore through future projects. I discovered it by accident through this project. I printed some sheets with my sentence on it and I was wondering if I made some scratches on the paper or folded the paper would it make any difference. It just happened that another paper was kept under the paper that I made scratches on, and because of that the word transferred onto the paper. I was so surprised and fascinated by the effect that I wanted to experiment more. For the words “twice as fast” I had an inverted version of it on a black box such that when I scratched it on its back, it transferred. It looked really cool and it helped with the meaning because the uneven lines showed speed/ fast.

I even tried pouring water on it and it gave a really cool effect as the ink ran on the paper just like the letters. I was also experimenting with pouring water on the type. Since it is a scene where a teacher is walking very quickly/running, I wanted the letters to seem as if it was running and this is what I was trying to get out of experimenting with water; letting the ink from the words run.

However, when I tried in VCUQ, the ink wouldn’t transfer because it was a laser jet printer I guess. I have a desk jet printer at home. This got me interested in the different kinds of printers and the ink in them.

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I researched online and I found that when you put acetone on text printed from laser jet printer that uses toner ink, it can be used to run off ink.

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What really inspired me was this book cover by Graphic Designer Chipp Kid, where he poured water on text printed using water soluble ink to give a really cool effect of dripping ink.

I also experimented with adding charcoal powder and ink on top on the text but it didn’t give the effect.

I experimented with acetone(nail polish remover) but I realised that acetone removes the ink from the paper but does not make it drip. 😦

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At the same time, if you keep a plain paper on top of a printed paper, and dab acetone at the back of the printed paper, the text transfers on the paper. Some of the text transferred on a template of the globe I printed. Globe is mentioned in my sentence and this is why I tried this. Please excuse the bad model, I’ll need a lot of practice before I can make such complicated origami!

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