Fine line work


Setting up a Palette


Side Loading


Tips for Printing an E-Packet

The major benefit of purchasing e-packets are the savings of postage and time, and they can be delivered almost instantly. This is a wonderful advantage if you are overseas or have to worry about customs. However, the end result will only be as good as the attention you put into printing it out.  While regular, inexpensive copy paper is good enough for emails, recipes and other text content, good images require a little bit more.

Purchase a good quality premium or bright white paper for the brand of printer you have. (e.g. HP-Premium paper. Canon - Canon Paper) Matching the paper to your printer brand usually produces better results. It doesn't have to be photo paper. I do state in the information of the packets how many photo pages are included. It is your choice to print on paper or photo paper, but the format of the page is for photo paper to get the best results. I usually place the photos at the end of the packet so you can just choose the page ranges you need to print for each paper type. Learn how to print only the pages you want. Take a moment to look to look through each page on a print preview and decide if you need them all, then make your selection.

Printed pages are not usually waterproof so a little care is required here also. Use plastic sheet protectors. If your monitor is in your studio or if you have a tablet, you may not need to print it out at all. Copyright applies to e-packets as much as printed works, so please respect the artist and don’t be tempted to share your e-packet.

Using a Stucco Writer

Remove the cap from the stucco filled bottle and replace with writer cap. Remove the red cap from the tip and while applying moderate pressure, twist the metal tip clockwise onto the lid.

The stucco has been thinned with distilled water. Shake the stucco toward the tip and test it on a paper towel or paper. If the stucco is still not thin enough, add just a few drops of distilled water to the bottle until it will flow from the tip.This may also be done if you do not use the stucco for a while and it thickens in the bottle. The stucco should be just thin enough to enable it to be applied with the metal writer tip, but not so thin that it will not hold it’s shape on the surface. When lining (writing) with the writer, hold the tip at a slight angle to the surface. Allow the stucco to dry and cure prior to proceeding with any additional steps on the project.

If the stucco stops flowing while you are working, remove the metal tip, clean thoroughly with water and the wire needle that comes with the tip. After cleaning, blow air through the tip and begin again. Sometimes there is a small burr inside the metal tip that will impede the flow of the stucco. Working the wire needle vigorously up and down in the tip will normally take care of a burr.

After the stucco application is complete, remove the metal tip and put the clean flat plastic cap back on the bottle of the thinned stucco. Fill the empty bottle with warm water and twist on the dirty liner top. Shake well and squeeze to clear the stucco from the top. Blow air through the point to dry it and store with the wire needle inserted into the tip. This will ensure that the tip will not dry clogged with stucco residue.