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  1. [Baren 26547] Re: fading pigment ("Carole Baker")
  2. [Baren 26548] shunga in the new year ("Love Me")
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Message 1
From: "Carole Baker"
Date: Thu, 2 Dec 2004 10:12:41 -0900
Subject: [Baren 26547] Re: fading pigment
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Marilyn, you can test all your pigments for permanance. Take a strip of
paper (the kind you will be using for printing or painting) and paint a
line across with each of your pigments (mixed with your media or just water),
say about 3 x 1/2 inches.

When dry, cut the strip down the middle with half your lines on one piece
and half on the other. Put one half in a south window and the other half in
a dark place. After a couple of months in Mexican sunshine, you should
have a pretty good idea of how long the colors will last.

I check all my artist materials this way including pens and color pencils.
I've found shades of reds as a rule to be the most fugitive. Some colors
show fading in a couple of weeks, even here in rainy Southeast Alaska, and
some completely disappear after several months.

I date my test strips as to how long they've been in the window and save
them for future reference.

Hope this helps.

Carole Baker
Gustavus, Alaska
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Message 2
From: "Love Me"
Date: Fri, 3 Dec 2004 21:23:14 +1100
Subject: [Baren 26548] shunga in the new year
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John Center writes that the year of the Rooster could also be year of the Cock and jokes that perhaps he might send out a card with a shunga theme. Having seen his fantastic contribution to the recent shunga exchange, I encourage John to pluck up courage and show us what he's got.