Today's postings

  1. [Baren 24480] Woodblock Care and Feeding? ("tony & linda")
  2. [Baren 24481] RE: New Baren Digest (Text) V26 #2573 (Mar 5, 2004) ("phare-camp #")
  3. [Baren 24482] Re: Woodblock Care and Feeding? (Myron Turner)
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Message 1
From: "tony & linda"
Date: Fri, 5 Mar 2004 19:39:18 -0600
Subject: [Baren 24480] Woodblock Care and Feeding?
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Hi, again...
I'm printing with oil based inks, and having a ball!
My first printing effort was a mess. I had to strip the ink off...
all my lines were filling in...
but, I learned to identify that special "ssshhh" sound the roller makes when
it's right.

My printing is improving, I need practice and I need to see what different
papers do.
I am wondering about the storage and care of these woodblocks.
I use newsprint and print off as much ink as I can when done...
but I'm told to just let the ink dry on them...
and only worry about cleaning them up if the lines start filling in.
Is this the common procedure with them? Just letting them be?
No oiling, no cleaning?
These are inch thick cherry.

Leaving the ink on does help me with touch up corrections....
but for long term, what is the general thinking?
I store them in an old wood flatfile.

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Message 2
From: "phare-camp #"
Date: Fri, 5 Mar 2004 20:37:36 -0500
Subject: [Baren 24481] RE: New Baren Digest (Text) V26 #2573 (Mar 5, 2004)
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Hi Guys:

It's been a little while; but ya'll know I tend to back off when I'm in the
middle of a school semester. Anyway, I'm beginning to think about grad
schools...can those of you in the know advise me (offlist) on which schools
have good MFA printmaking programs especially any with faculty who have a
solid woodcut background. Also what kind of portfolio do said schools
usually look for in a potential grad student. (I had one person tell me
I'd never make it with my conceptual work and another tell me they want
conceptual...go figure) Bill Ritchie I've been hearing some rumors about
washington state; what do you know about good schools in the U.S. I would
like to stay in California but if I don't get a lovely financial aid
packet; and Arnie raises grad tuition 40%; than I may have to go out of
state (selecting the school that selects me with the best
legacy...hopefully in the West...

Thanks so much in advance, I know some of you have a great background in
education and I would really benifit from your collective advisement.

Patti Phare-Camp

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Message 3
From: Myron Turner
Date: Fri, 05 Mar 2004 21:05:19 -0600
Subject: [Baren 24482] Re: Woodblock Care and Feeding?
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Run the block through the press once or twice after you're fnished
printing. This will take off the excess ink.

Do the same when lines are filling in and if this doesn't work, then wash
off with solvent. You wouldn't want to leave ink to dry in blocked up lines.

Myron Turner