Today's postings

  1. [Baren 24424] Re: Hello from a newbie :o) ("marilynn smih")
  2. [Baren 24425] Re: Hello from a newbie :o) (Sharri LaPierre)
  3. [Baren 24426] Press roller making ("Bill H. Ritchie, Jr.")
  4. [Baren 24427] sizing question from new member (jamison #
  5. [Baren 24428] Re: Baren Digest (old) V26 #2567 (Legreenart #
  6. [Baren 24429] Re:Transfers (Jan Telfer)
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Message 1
From: "marilynn smih"
Date: Sun, 29 Feb 2004 08:01:13 -0800
Subject: [Baren 24424] Re: Hello from a newbie :o)
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Connie, I live on the Long Beach peninsula, northender. (Nahcotta) that
tiny town is on Willapa Bay, next to Ocean Park. You think Spokane is bad
for supplies try that or even one beter live in Baja for half the year. I
use Dan Smith a lot because they are just up in Seattle. Computers and any
art are a great aid. For me I either photo or scan in sketches or
watercolors, grey scale them and put them to the size I need for use on my
blocks. Some times I do just draw on the block, but this works well for me.
Others here can give better info than I can about transfering images. You
can crop images and change colors with any simple paint program, that helps
for colored pieces.
Welcome and enjoy your carving.

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Message 2
From: Sharri LaPierre
Date: Sun, 29 Feb 2004 09:20:10 -0800
Subject: [Baren 24425] Re: Hello from a newbie :o)
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Welcome, Connie, your hometown is where I was born. I now live in the
opposite corner of our state in Vancouver. I use the computer in much
of my work, often by printing a digital image from the ink jet printer
onto kozo or the like and then printing my woodblock, Western style,
over that. I also use the computer extensively with solar plates, both
intaglio and relief. Ink jet prints will not transfer to wood using
heat, you need toner to do that little trick, and a very hot iron. I
would think that if you have a laser printer you could use that trick.
It really is a time saver and the impression lasts through many hanga
printings making it ideal for reduction blocks.

Steve, be wary of those waterleaf papers and water. I think it is
bizarre that they put water into their name and then they can't stand
any of it - or much of it. They can disintegrate before your very eyes
and they are generally grande expensive. It is better to stick with the
sized papers who love to go swimming occasionally.

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Message 3
From: "Bill H. Ritchie, Jr."
Date: Sun, 29 Feb 2004 13:54:40 -0800
Subject: [Baren 24426] Press roller making
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If I print relief on it, can I ask a question about a roller-type press on
the baren list? (AKA etching press)

I'm going to build a 24-inch press using the Canadian plans. Does anyone
know a machine shop in the Seattle area to recommend for the parts,
especially the rollers?

Just hoping, Bill

Emeralda Dev Site:
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Message 4
From: jamison #
Date: Sun, 29 Feb 2004 20:05:24 -0800
Subject: [Baren 24427] sizing question from new member
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New member with what I hope is a short question about sizing. I'm switching from oil
based ink to water based, particularly Graphic Chemical water soluable relief ink, to
be used on hosho (hm-51 from hiromi papers). Since I used oil based ink the past I
haven't been sizing the paper. I wasn't sure if sizing is necessary for Graphic
Chemical w/s and hosho. I plan to make some tests but wonder if anyone one else is
using something like the above combination?

In my old stand-by reference "Printmaking" by Saff & Sacilotto, they say with oil based
ink paper is "not necessarily sized", and sizing for printing with "rice paste pigments"
or what they call classic japanese printing. The book is from 1978 and I'm not sure if a
lot of the water soluable ink was available at that time because they don't make any
reference to it.

Sorry if I'm bring up a subject that has been done to death,

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Message 5
From: Legreenart #
Date: Mon, 1 Mar 2004 02:54:38 EST
Subject: [Baren 24428] Re: Baren Digest (old) V26 #2567
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Wondering who besides the Stonemetal Press Crew: Kathleen Pittman, Crystal
Dittert Green, and Myself will be at Southern Graphics this year?
We plan to visit Lower East Side Print shop While we are there.
Le Green
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Message 6
From: Jan Telfer
Date: Mon, 1 Mar 2004 19:59:37 +0800
Subject: [Baren 24429] Re:Transfers
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> Does it work to use inkjet prints to transfer an image to a block?
> Some of
> the prints I've seen in the exchange gallery have a very photographic
> quality and I was wondering how this is accomplished?
A lot of my work looks photographic from my own photos that I enlarge
on a photocopier with carbon based ink and transfer them to my
woodblocks face down first of all dampening (once over lightly) the
woodblock with Mineral Turps and then putting the photocopy face down
and then dampening, not wetting, and with pressure and Turps
transferring the image on to the block.... works can
use rubber gloves if you are health conscious.

The trick to carving a block with a back to front transfer is to
photocopy the image on to a clear piece of acetate or overhead
transparency and then you can flip that over to get the correct image
profile for carving...... a trick of the trade!!!

Have fun,

Perth, Western Australia