Test Prints & Symmetrical Marbles

On Friday I took two buses to an office park in Carlstadt, New Jersey and then walked a quarter mile to Color X. Marshland on my left, office buildings on my right.

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Once I entered, the first thing I noticed was the floor. Marbles. Symmetrical marbles.

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Phone books –> vector files –> large prints on plywood.

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Test Prints… The white pigment is in a separate cartridge, and there’s a special process for applying it.

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After I was pleased with the colors, I ran off to work, and Chris picked the finished prints up that afternoon.

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Please Note: Fun is to be had by walking to the left.


Package from Charlotte – pens for my shrine this summer + this book. Thank you, Charlotte!

San Francisco

Pet Cemetery under a bridge, SF

The excuse for going to the west coast was tagging along on the first leg of Mike’s tour –> lots of late nights in bars and bathrooms like this one.

Outside of Seattle

I’ll save the Redwoods for a separate post …

Mod Podge

In case you were thinking of doing an image transfer onto balsa wood using Mod Podge, I tested three different methods for you.


Method One: Inkjet print coated with Elmers; Balsa coated with Mod Podge. Smoosh together and leave overnight.

Result: Worked fine but it didn’t look quite right until it was dry, so I didn’t realize it turned out until a few days later. Also, the Elmers warps the wood. The colors are bright and the glue is glossy.

Method Two: Inkjet print coated with Mod Podge. Smoosh to balsa and leave overnight.

Result: FAIL.

Method Three: Laserjet print (from a photocopy at Staples) coated with Mod Podge. Smoosh to balsa and leave overnight.

Result: Worked fine. Colors are less bright than with Elmers. Matte finish. No warping. Image seems to be more a part of the wood rather than something that sits on top of it.


I don’t believe I’ve introduced my new blowfish on this blog yet, though he’s a familiar site on Facebook. He’s about the size of a basketball.