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How To Deckle A Print

by admin on April 19, 2016

_68A4347This tutorial will cover how to deckle a print. Prints must be made on a rag or fine art type of paper in order to deckle properly. Images printed on photo type papers will not tear properly for the deckle.

You will need:
Clean work table with a smooth cutting surface.
Ruler
Utility Knife
Heavy Straight Edge (mine is a 42 inch stainless steel variety–well worth the cost!)

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First mark the width of your border by measuring and piercing the paper with a sharp utility knife, in the example above I am making a 2 inch border.

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Notice the pierce in the paper above. Mark all 4 borders in this manner.

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Flip the print over so the image is face down. You will notice there are 8 small punctures in the paper.

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Align your straight edge along these marks on one of the borders.

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Grab the paper and begin to tear. Notice that I am keeping my fingers close the where the tear is–this keeps the torn edge uniform.

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Once you have completed tearing all the borders you’ll notice that there is a slight ridge that follows the tear. This is caused by the contact with the straight edge.

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Flip the print back over and you’ll notice the ridge is not visible.

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Our finished deckled print.

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