Cleaning Foamcore Prints – Updated

Due to concerns about the potential for spreading COVID-19, any prints to be displayed should be cleaned and sanitized first. Luckily, foamcore is pretty tough so we can clean the surface without much fear of damaging the image. I’m not a lab technician, so I can’t speak to how effective the cleaning methods listed below are in killing the virus. I can only follow the instructions on the label and hope for the best.

After cleaning, please wrap your sketches in a plastic bag.

My personal recommendation is product 5 if cleaning the prints at home, and product 1 if cleaning the prints in public. Hand sanitizer is now commonplace, but carrying your own bottle of alcohol might look a little strange. Remember to bring some paper towels with you if cleaning prints on site.

Product 1 – Hand sanitizer

Widely available, low cost, easy to use.

Squirt some hand sanitizer on a paper towel and continuously wipe the entire surface of the print for about a minute.

No damage to the surface of the print. Hand sanitizer appears to evaporate without a trace.

Product 2 – Wet Ones hand and face wipes

Widely available, low cost, easy to use, but no information on effectiveness against COVID-19. There may now be additional Wet Ones products that are labelled as sanitizers, but these products were not tested.

Same application as product 1, and same results.

Product 3 – Lysol Disinfecting Wipes, Citrus scent

Widely available (check the cleaning section of your local grocery store), low cost, easy to use, kills some viruses but no information on effectiveness against COVID-19.

Same application as product 1, leaves a thin film on the surface, which can be removed with a damp paper towel.

Product 4 – Steriwipes

Available at some London Drugs stores, easy to use, $23 plus tax for 160 wipes

States that it is capable of killing the virus that causes COVID-19

Same application as product 1, but should be applied to the surface for at least 10 minutes. After cleaning, wipe the entire surface with one or more damp paper towels to remove all residue just in case someone touches the prints with their bare hands before eating

Product 5 – Isopropyl Alcohol

Widely available at pharmacies, low cost, easy to use

Same application as product 1, and same results. Alcohol-based cleaners may also be available in a spray bottle. This would make it easier and quicker to apply to a large surface, but be careful not to spray the alcohol onto adjacent materials that may be adversely affected by the alcohol.

Calgary Urban Sketchers at Cafe Rosso February 2021

The Calgary Urban Sketchers group has been given the opportunity to display our sketches at Cafe Rosso on Stephen Avenue for the month of February 2021. All group members are invited to submit up to four of their favorite sketches for display.

All sketches must be scanned and mounted on foam core, which will be displayed at Café Rosso, not the original sketch.

Sketchbooks can be taken to the print shop at any Calgary Staples store. The staff will scan the sketch or sketches you have selected, crop and resize as you wish, and print on foamcore (also known as foamboard) in the size you specify. Letter size is the most popular so far, but sizes up to 11″ x 17″ inch prints will also work. Both Landscape and Portrait formats are appropriate. Typical processing time is 2 to 4 days and the cost is quite reasonable. You keep your original sketches.

If you prefer, you can also scan and crop the sketches yourself and put the images on a USB memory stick in .jpg format. Take the memory stick to a Staples print shop, and they will resize and print the images on foamcore for you.

We will attach mounting clips on the backs of the prints with scotch tape, so the prints will not be damaged. One to four sketches per member, printed on foamcore, would be ideal. Please sign your prints (at least on the back) so you receive credit for your work and so we know who to return them to at the end of February. In case we cannot display all four, please mark, using 1-4 on the back to indicate which sketches you prefer to be displayed.

We are anticipating that we will be able to mount the prints at the cafe on or about Feb 1. With the holidays fast approaching, time is short to get the prints made. You can also submit the foamcore prints from our previous displays at the Central Library and the Judith Umbach Library in Thorncliffe if you wish.

I will be collecting the prints for this exhibit. The easiest way to get your prints to me is to catch me at one of the remaining sketch-out events this year (see the “Events for Sketchers” tab on our website for the November/December Sketchule). In case I am unable to attend one of those events, you can give them to one of the group’s administrators or we can arrange to meet sometime in January.

To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, please clean your prints before giving them to me. I will provide another post shortly with some notes on cleaning the prints.

This is our time! Let’s make it an event to remember,

Jim Gillanders

Diversions

Admittedly not directly relevant to urban sketching, but just in case self-isolating is starting to get a little monotonous, there is a free Strathmore workshop starting on May 4. It is called “Drawing portraits” and can be found at http://www.strathmoreartiststudio.com

The actual site address begins with “https://” but WordPress didn’t add the “s” and you can ignore the “&#8221”

Signing up is optional, but is required if you want to post your work to their site as you follow along.

There is another workshop called “Creative watercoloring” coming up in September, but hopefully we’ll be back to normal by then.

Calgary Urban Sketchers at Thorncliffe Library – January 2020

The Calgary Urban Sketchers group has another opportunity to display our sketches. The Thorncliffe branch of the Calgary Public Library will have some display space available in January 2020, and thanks to Rod Zillman’s efforts, we can be part of it.

I am posting this note to solicit sketches, primarily of Calgary, from the members of the Calgary Urban Sketchers group. We are looking for contributions from all members of the group, as long as they are urban sketches from the Calgary area.

Sketchbooks can be taken to the print shop at any Calgary Staples store, and the staff will scan the sketch or sketches you have selected, crop and resize as you wish, and print on foamcore (also known as foamboard) in the size you specify. Letter size is the most popular so far, but there is also room for 11″ x 17″ inch prints if you so desire. Both Landscape and Portrait formats are appropriate. Typical processing time is 2 to 4 days and the cost is quite reasonable. You keep your original sketches.

We will attach mounting clips on the backs of the sketches with scotch tape, so the prints will not be damaged. One to four sketches per member, mounted on foamcore, would be ideal. Please sign your prints (at least on the back) so you receive credit for your work and so we know who to return the prints to at the end of January.

We are anticipating that we will be able to mount the prints at the library on or about Jan 3, which is a Friday. With the holidays fast approaching, time is short to get the prints made. You can also submit the foamcore prints from our August 2019 display at the Central Library if you wish.

Please let the Calgary Urban Sketchers website administrators know how many prints you wish to display, and the sizes of the prints, using the website’s “Contact” tab (calgaryurbansketchers.com) by Thursday Dec 19 at the latest.

Rod Zillman will be collecting the prints for this exhibit. The easiest way to get your prints to Rod is to catch him at one of the two remaining urban sketch events this year (see the “Events for Sketchers” tab on our website for details).

This is our time! Let’s make it an event to remember.

Calgary Unban Sketchers at Calgary Central Library

Calgary Urban Sketchers has prints of the work of eight artists on display at Calgary’s Central Library for the month of August 2019. Thirty two works of various sizes are hanging on the “Calgary’s Story” wall on the 4th floor of the library. If you’re at the library, why not go up to the 4th floor and take a look?

A photo wouldn’t do them justice, seeing them in person is much better.

The works will be hanging until the morning of Friday August 30.