#96 Pencil & Eraser


#96 Pen­cil & Eraser
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Uh oh, the fol­low­ing text is from last month’s Amper­Art. Please wait till I get my pen­cil & eraser to edit it…

“Work & Turn” is a term used by print­ers to print both sides of a sheet of paper with just one plate & one press set-​​up.

Find a com­plete list of print­ing terms at wcb​s4print​ing​.com. For more infor­ma­tion about this out­stand­ing full-​​service printer, see the “chaz sez” col­umn below.

What is “work & turn”?

In the case of a two-​​sided flyer, the work & turn job’s plate & paper will be large enough to con­tain two full fly­ers. The plate is set up to print both the front & back images of the flyer in just one pass. The printed work & turn sheet will look like the Amper­Art Work & Turn art, above, con­tain­ing two full fly­ers where the front side is adja­cent to the back side.*

Then then the paper is flipped end-​​for-​​end (after the ink is dry) so the printed side is down and the blank side is up, & then printed again with the same plate. In this way, the front of each flyer will con­tain the oppo­site image on the back. (It’s impor­tant to flip the paper the right way, or each flyer could con­tain two “front” sides or two “back” sides. Yes, I’ve made that mistake.)

The sheets are then cut apart in the cen­ter to make two fin­ished items, like this — each work & turn flyer will have a front & a back side:

front & back of a work & turn job

Although one plate could be used for a 1-​​color work & turn job, sev­eral plates would be required for full-​​color print­ing such as shown in the Amper­Art Work & Turn art­work. Still, only one press set-​​up is required with only one set of plates, not a sep­a­rate set for front & back. The paper is passed through, flipped, & passed through again.

*Tech­ni­cal note: The Amper­art Work & Turn image would actu­ally be printed full-​​bleed (not shown in the Amper­Art Work & Turn piece), then trimmed on all four sides as well as in half. But full bleed is another dis­cus­sion. “Bleed,” “work & turn,” and other print­ing jar­gon is explained in a com­pre­hen­sive glos­sary page at wcb​s4print​ing​.com. For more infor­ma­tion about this out­stand­ing printer, keep reading…


chaz sez ...

Here’s a real coin­ci­dence: I searched Google for “work & turn” to find a sim­ple def­i­n­i­tion which I could mod­ify for my read­ers. The page I was lead to is wcb​s4print​ing​.com print­ing terms, an excel­lent list of print­ing terms pro­vided by a full-​​service printer in Palm Desert—just a few towns over from me! Of the thou­sands of print­ers all over the world, I find this to be quite a coincidence…like an invi­ta­tion for a short drive to take in the won­der­ful smell of ink & hear the roar of the presses.

The full list of ser­vices & out­stand­ing tes­ti­mo­ni­als have enticed me to ask wcb​s4print​ing​.com for a quote on an upcom­ing print job. And when a client needs custom-​​printed bags, badge hold­ers, book­marks, lug­gage straps & tags, mag­nets, mugs, name badges, pass­port wal­lets, pens or post-​​it notes…
their spe­cialty divi­sion, wcb​s4L​o​go​Prod​ucts​.com, han­dles all those items.

Small world. Or as the TV soap goes, As the World Work & Turns.


Pro­duc­tion notes for #96 Pen­cil & Eraser:
Orig­i­nal size: 20x30 inches
Pro­gram: Adobe Pho­to­shop
Fonts: Rock­well, Kauf­mann
Amper­sand: hand-​​drawn with Pho­to­shop brush, mez­zotint & blur added
Col­ors: sam­pled from Dixon-​​Ticonderoga & Eber­hard Faber pen­cils, Pink Pearl eraser

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#93 Work & Turn

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#93 Work & Turn
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“Work & Turn” is a term used by print­ers to print both sides of a sheet of paper with just one plate & one press set-​​up.

Find a com­plete list of print­ing terms at wcb​s4print​ing​.com. For more infor­ma­tion about this out­stand­ing full-​​service printer, see the “chaz sez” col­umn below.

What is “work & turn”?

In the case of a two-​​sided flyer, the work & turn job’s plate & paper will be large enough to con­tain two full fly­ers. The plate is set up to print both the front & back images of the flyer in just one pass. The printed work & turn sheet will look like the Amper­Art Work & Turn art, above, con­tain­ing two full fly­ers where the front side is adja­cent to the back side.*

Then then the paper is flipped end-​​for-​​end (after the ink is dry) so the printed side is down and the blank side is up, & then printed again with the same plate. In this way, the front of each flyer will con­tain the oppo­site image on the back. (It’s impor­tant to flip the paper the right way, or each flyer could con­tain two “front” sides or two “back” sides. Yes, I’ve made that mistake.)

The sheets are then cut apart in the cen­ter to make two fin­ished items, like this — each work & turn flyer will have a front & a back side:

front & back of a work & turn job

Although one plate could be used for a 1-​​color work & turn job, sev­eral plates would be required for full-​​color print­ing such as shown in the Amper­Art Work & Turn art­work. Still, only one press set-​​up is required with only one set of plates, not a sep­a­rate set for front & back. The paper is passed through, flipped, & passed through again.

*Tech­ni­cal note: The Amper­art Work & Turn image would actu­ally be printed full-​​bleed (not shown in the Amper­Art Work & Turn piece), then trimmed on all four sides as well as in half. But full bleed is another dis­cus­sion. “Bleed,” “work & turn,” and other print­ing jar­gon is explained in a com­pre­hen­sive glos­sary page at wcb​s4print​ing​.com. For more infor­ma­tion about this out­stand­ing printer, keep reading…


chaz sez ...

Here’s a real coin­ci­dence: I searched Google for “work & turn” to find a sim­ple def­i­n­i­tion which I could mod­ify for my read­ers. The page I was lead to is wcb​s4print​ing​.com print­ing terms, an excel­lent list of print­ing terms pro­vided by a full-​​service printer in Palm Desert—just a few towns over from me! Of the thou­sands of print­ers all over the world, I find this to be quite a coincidence…like an invi­ta­tion for a short drive to take in the won­der­ful smell of ink & hear the roar of the presses.

The full list of ser­vices & out­stand­ing tes­ti­mo­ni­als have enticed me to ask wcb​s4print​ing​.com for a quote on an upcom­ing print job. And when a client needs custom-​​printed bags, badge hold­ers, book­marks, lug­gage straps & tags, mag­nets, mugs, name badges, pass­port wal­lets, pens or post-​​it notes…
their spe­cialty divi­sion, wcb​s4L​o​go​Prod​ucts​.com, han­dles all those items.

Small world. Or as the TV soap goes, As the World Work & Turns.


Pro­duc­tion notes for #93 Work & Turn:
Orig­i­nal size: 20x30 inches
Pro­gram: Adobe Illus­tra­tor
Fonts: Rock­well, Bodoni, DIN Schrift
Amper­sand: DIN Schrift, modified

Related arti­cle in the Print­ing & Pub­lish­ing series:
#63 Upper & Lowercase


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#92 1 2 3&4

 

1 2 3&4

 


#92 1 2 3&4
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Remem­ber Lawrence Welk? He would use a lot more than just one amper­sand in his musi­cal count…

“A one & a two & a…”

I’m keep­ing the count sim­ple: two quar­ters, two eighths and another quarter.

This Amper­Art con­cept, “1 2 3&4,”  was inspired by a book cover I designed recently for one of my favorite clients, Jen­nifer Eklund. She has a fab­u­lous piano instruc­tion series called “Piano Pronto.” Her lat­est book, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with piano instruc­tor Kris Skalet­ski of Kid­dyKeys, is called “Road­trip! Your Musi­cal Jour­ney” and is per­fect to keep the kids enter­tained and edu­cated whether in the car or tak­ing a “pre­tend trip” in your home. This fun music learn­ing book will be avail­able in time for Christ­mas. Sub­scribe to Jennifer’s won­der­ful newslet­ter at pianopronto​.com. You’ll be noti­fied when “Road­trip!” is available.

PianoPronto​.com fea­tures piano instruc­tion for “all ages and all stages.”

Kid​dyKeys​.com fea­tures music explo­ration and piano prepa­ra­tion for preschool-​​age children.


chaz sez ...

The count 1 2 3&4 is what I hear every time I take cha cha lessons. I’m still a begin­ner, although I’ve taken the same begin­ner class sev­eral times already. (I get my 1’s & 2’s & 3’s & 4’s mixed up.)


Pro­duc­tion notes for #92 1 2 3&4:
Orig­i­nal size: 20x30 inches
Pro­gram: Adobe Illus­tra­tor
Font: Bodoni Poster
Amper­sand: Bodoni Poster Italic
Cred­its for #92 1 2 3&4:
Staff & notes repur­posed from client’s Piano Pronto book cover design. Visit pianopronto​.com for a superb piano les­son course—pronto!

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#83 Straight & Narrow

83 Straight & Narrow

 


#83 Straight & Nar­row
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Work­ing on Amper­Art #83, Straight & Nar­row, I thought of my dad, my mother, my broth­ers & sis­ter, some of my rel­a­tives & most of my friends, for they all define the phrase “Straight & Narrow”:

The way of proper con­duct & moral integrity.

Sev­eral peo­ple who have fol­lowed the Straight & Nar­row path are:

Gandhi
Mother Teresa
George Wash­ing­ton
Abra­ham Lin­coln
Richard Nixon oops — scratch that
Mar­tin Luther King
Leo Buscaglia
War­ren Buf­fett
Stephen R. Covey
Denis Wait­ley
John Wayne
Roy Rogers
Jesus

If you can add to this list, please com­ment below.


crooked pathchaz sez ...

I wish I could say my path had less detours & bumps in it, but just ain’t so. In fact, this Amper­Art piece, Straight & Nar­row, was cre­ated & issued only 10 min­utes before the mid­night dead­line on May 31, 2015, to meet my quota of at least one new Amper­Art edi­tion per month. The time zone is PDT (Pacific Day­light Sav­ings), which allowed me to cheat, as it was already June 1 else­where. Is that what they mean by “artis­tic license”? A lit­tle crooked, I suppose.


I selected a no-​​nonsense font, Times Roman, for the words “straight” & “nar­row,” but a fun & fancy amper­sand, which straight­ened out to fol­low the Straight & Nar­row path when it was time to be seri­ous & responsible.


Pro­duc­tion notes for #83 Straight & Nar­row:
Orig­i­nal size: 20x30 inches
Pro­gram: Adobe InDe­sign
Fonts: Times Roman, Colonna (mod­i­fied)
Amper­sand: Colonna (mod­i­fied)
Cred­its for #83 Straight & Nar­row:
Photo: Danette Popowich, Canada (123rf​.com)

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#73 Brother & Sister — National Siblings Day is April 10

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#73 Brother & Sis­ter
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April 10 is National Sib­lings Day.

Clau­dia Evart, after los­ing both of her sib­lings early in life, felt inspired to cre­ate National Sib­lings Day, to be cel­e­brated annu­ally on April 10, the birth­day of her late sis­ter, Lisette.  Here’s her video.

I like what Clau­dia says about our brother & sis­ter rela­tion­ships. I couldn’t say it bet­ter myself, so here are excerpts from her web­site, www​.sib​lings​day​foun​da​tion​.org:

♥ The sib­lings bonds are life-​​long rela­tion­ships usu­ally last­ing from cra­dle to grave.  It is  usu­ally the longest rela­tion­ship of a person’s life and typ­i­cally much longer than a mother’s and father’s relationship.

♥ Because of the blood rela­tion­ship, we look alike and enjoy feel­ings of close­ness which may never be sur­passed in any other rela­tion­ship.  It is usu­ally the longest rela­tion­ship of a person’s life (typ­i­cally much longer than a mother’s and father’s rela­tion­ship).   We must always remem­ber that the strength of fam­i­lies is vital to the strength of our com­mu­ni­ties, state and nation.

♥ Sib­lings Day can be cel­e­brated by send­ing a card or gift or mak­ing a din­ner invi­ta­tion* to your sib­lings on April 10th as done on Mother’s and Father’s Day.  This day does not nec­es­sar­ily have to be attached to a mon­e­tary gift.  Indi­vid­u­als can do some­thing spe­cial like a good deed or favor, errand or chore for their brother or sister.

*as my sis­ter did for her broth­ers right before Valentine’s Day this year — read chaz sez below.

Claudia’s web­site also states these facts:

  • The Sib­lings Day Foun­da­tion is a New York and Mass­a­chu­setts based orga­ni­za­tion with the prin­ci­pal office located in Man­hat­tan.  It was incor­po­rated in Mass­a­chu­setts 1997 and became a not-​​for-​​profit orga­ni­za­tion in Jan­u­ary, 1999.
  • In 1996, Con­gress stripped itself of the author­ity to cre­ate com­mem­o­ra­tives leav­ing sole power to do so in the hands of the pres­i­dent.  Dur­ing their pres­i­dency, George Bush in 2008 and Bill Clin­ton in 2000 signed a Pres­i­den­tial Mes­sage rec­og­niz­ing April 10 as Sib­lings Day.  A Pres­i­den­tial Procla­ma­tion is needed to offi­cially estab­lish April 10th as National Sib­lings Day.
  • Since 1998, 85 gov­er­nors have signed guber­na­to­r­ial procla­ma­tions in 49 states includ­ing for­mer gov­er­nors and White House cab­i­net mem­bers – Tom Ridge of PA, Bill Richard­son of NM, Janet Napoli­tano of AZ, Gary Locke of WA, Chris­tine Todd Whit­man of NJ and Tommy Thomp­son of WI.
  • Mother’s Day (founded by Anna Jarvis of Philadel­phia, PA, 1907) and Father’s Day (founded by Mrs. John Dodd of Spokane, WA, 1910) were estab­lished almost 110 years ago.
  • Sib­lings Day fol­lows the spirit of Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and Grandparent’s Day – a great Amer­i­can tra­di­tion and cel­e­bra­tion of family-​​unit val­ues.  It is an uplift­ing cel­e­bra­tion hon­or­ing peo­ple who have shaped our val­ues, beliefs and ideals.  It is a rela­tion­ship as equally impor­tant as a parent’s rela­tion­ship. Sib­lings are the rea­son we cel­e­brate Mother’s and Father’s Day.
  • Almost one hun­dred ten years have gone by with­out hon­or­ing sib­lings!  By estab­lish­ing this spe­cial day each mem­ber of the fam­ily unit will be finally rec­og­nized on a National Recog­ni­tion Day (Father’s Day, Mother’s Day and Sib­lings Day).
  • Oprah Win­frey fea­tured and cel­e­brated Sib­lings Day on her national and inter­na­tional daily tele­vi­sion show for three con­sec­u­tive years. SD was broad­casted world­wide on Voice of Amer­ica six years and cov­ered on many news outlets.
  • Sib­lings Day – a cel­e­bra­tion for all ages. It has been rec­og­nized as an annual event for thou­sands of years in North­ern India, Guyana in South Amer­ica and sev­eral South Asian countries.
  • Sib­lings Day Sup­port­ers: Six for­mer gov­er­nors who became White House Cab­i­net Mem­bers: Gary F. Locke (WA – ‘04); Janet A. Napoli­tano (AZ– ‘07); Tom J. Ridge of (PA– ’99); Bill B. Richard­son of (NM– ’07); Chris­tine Todd Whit­man of (NJ– ’98); and Tommy G. Thomp­son of (WI– ‘98).
  •  Con­gres­sional Records issued by Con­gress­woman Car­olyn B. Mal­oney (D-​​NY) 1997, 2001, 2005, 2008 and 2013. Late Sen­a­tor Edward M. Kennedy (1997 –2010) along with Con­gress­woman Mal­oney (1997 to the present) wrote let­ters to Pres­i­dent Clin­ton and Pres­i­dent Bush which resulted in two Pres­i­den­tial Mes­sages sup­port­ing April 10th as Sib­lings Day.
  •  Guber­na­to­r­ial mes­sages issued by Gov­er­nor Steve Bul­lock (MT) 2013; Gov­er­nor Jack Markell (DE) 2012; Gov­er­nor Brian Schweitzer (MT) 2007 to 2009; Gov­er­nor Jeb Bush (FL) April 2001; Gov­er­nor Tom Ridge (PA) March 1998; and Gov­er­nor George E. Pataki (NY) 1997.
  •  May­oral mes­sages issued by NYC Mayor Guil­iani in 2001 and Mayor Bloomberg in 2002 to 2012.
  •  Office of Man­hat­tan Bor­ough Pres­i­dent, Scott M. Stringer (D-​​NY) issued Procla­ma­tions from 2009 to 2013. Mem­bers of NY State Leg­isla­tive, Assem­bly­man Richard N. Got­tfried (1997) and Sen­a­tor Cather­ine M. Abate (1997) wrote let­ters of support.

I whole­heart­edly agree with Clau­dia, as she reminds us…

“If you are for­tu­nate enough to have a sib­ling, you know the rela­tion­ship has a tremen­dous impact on our lives.  It is impor­tant that we under­stand how vital it is to cher­ish, love and respect our broth­ers and sis­ters in the tra­di­tion that was handed down by our par­ents and grand­par­ents. Sib­lings Day strength­ens the fam­ily unit by remind­ing us that a bond with our sib­lings is for­ever a spe­cial gift.”

If you have a brother & sis­ter, or either, please visit www​.sib​lings​day​foun​da​tion​.org


Along with Brother & Sis­ter, here’s Amper­Art #75 Fam­ily & Friends, the other most spe­cial peo­ple in our lives.


 Spaghetti & meat­balls & broth­ers & sister…

 listen up!I’ve been work­ing on an elab­o­rate Amper­Art piece titled “Spaghetti & Meat­balls” to honor a very spe­cial event my sis­ter Roslyn hosted for her three broth­ers, includ­ing me. Just us sib­lings, nobody else, at Roslyn’s din­ing room table on Feb­ru­ary 7, 2014, as she cooked all day and served us Mom’s spaghetti & meat­balls. Roz pulled out all the stops — a huge spread of Ital­ian appe­tiz­ers, includ­ing my favorite pick­led gar­den veg­eta­bles from my child­hood; Ital­ian bread­sticks, olives (espe­cially my favorite, the wrinkly lit­tle dried ones), proscuitto, salame, and pro­volone. The salad was deli­cious, but noth­ing com­pared to the incred­i­ble meat­balls, hot & mild sausages, spaghetti & “succo” as we called the sauce grow­ing up. (Our mother was Ger­man, but our father, born in Sicily in 1899, must have had his mama teach our mom every­thing about Ital­ian cook­ing, because she sure was a great Ital­ian cook. Her Ger­man dishes were excel­lent, too.) Well, Mom must have taught our sis­ter, because that din­ner brought back mem­o­ries of our won­der­ful fam­ily feasts on Sun­days on the “fancy dishes” which Roz served our din­ner on, the china Daddy had bought Mom after they got mar­ried. Deep red fil­i­gree with a red rose in the mid­dle of every plate and a gold rim, some of which is worn off now. Thanks, Roslyn, for this most cher­ished evening where we ate, rem­i­nisced, laughed, and enjoyed our deep love as sib­lings. We even played a fun game that tested our mem­o­ries as senior cit­i­zens: list all the streets to the right and left of our house. We’re not senile yet — among the four of us we remem­bered them all. We also shared some fun child­hood anec­dotes and divulged some sur­pris­ing child­hood secrets (ha — blackmail!).

And for dessert: Can­no­lis!

My sis­ter Roz, in true Ital­ian fash­ion, sent me home with plates of food, olives and the pick­les that I love so much, that lasted me for weeks. (That was the next day; I spent the night and enjoyed her com­pany all day Sun­day as well.)

Even­tu­ally I will fin­ish Amper­Art “Spaghetti & Meat­balls” (ever try twist­ing strands of pasta into an amper­sand? In Pho­to­shop?). For­tu­nately, just yes­ter­day, I dis­cov­ered National Sib­lings Day, thanks to Marlo Anderson’s National Day Cal­en­dar web­site: nation​al​day​cal​en​dar​.com so was able to give a shout out to my own sib­lings with Amper­art #73 “Brother & Sis­ter” on this 2015 National Sib­lings Day. (Maybe I’ll release “Spaghetti & Meat­balls” right before National Pasta Day, Octo­ber 17.)

To my sis­ter Roslyn & my brother Andrew & my brother Robert:
I love you!


Pro­duc­tion notes for #73 Brother & Sis­ter:
Orig­i­nal size: 20x30 inches
Pro­gram: Adobe Illus­tra­tor
Fonts: Eccen­tric*, Har­ring­ton
Amper­sand: Hand-​​drawn
Cred­its for #73 Brother & Sis­ter:
Sil­hou­ettes: stock
*appro­pri­ately named font for this brother, I’m sure my fam­ily would say

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