"Two Paste Up Jars" by Larry Lerew 161203
6" x 6" Acrylic on Archival Canvas Panel
My pre-press paste up days are over since this manual skill was only needed before the use of computers. These two amber rubber cement jars were vital tools if you didn't use a waxer to paste down layout components in what was sometimes called photo mechanicals. Today page layout software does all the labor commercial graphic artists spent building pages by hand. The jars were air tight with an adjustable brush. The fumes from the rubber cement are toxic and the glue was not archival and turned pages brown over a short time which is why most art departments switched to wax as an adhesive or a clear tape cut in method with razor blades.