Today's postings

  1. [Baren 26609] Fwd: Re: Meyer Book and Color Chart (L Cass)
  2. [Baren 26610] apologies (L Cass)
  3. [Baren 26611] Re: New Baren Digest (HTML) V29 #2881 (Dec 7, 2004) (Snoman114 #
  4. [Baren 26612] Re: New Baren Digest (Text) V29 #2882 (Dec 8, 2004) (Barebonesart #
  5. [Baren 26613] Re: Anyone Need a carver? (Daniel Dew)
  6. [Baren 26614] Honing - the basics ("Michael Horvath")
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Message 1
From: L Cass
Date: Wed, 08 Dec 2004 09:21:00 -0500
Subject: [Baren 26609] Fwd: Re: Meyer Book and Color Chart
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>In praise of Mayer's Handbook....... (hardly a handbook - it's a heavy
>tome)- by an amazing coincidence I just consulted it yesterday when making
>up a glazing medium as I always want to ascertain the proportions. Many
>years ago all serious art students were advised to acquire it -I had the
>1957 edition which was much used and later replaced by the 1981 edition
>(revised by Mayer's widow et al) I wonder which edition you found at
>Amazon and what has been added by Steven Sheehan ?? probably more or new
>materials and techniques
>For all who are interested in colour there exists a marvelous little
>handbook titled "Colour -Making and Using Dyes and Pigments"-
>authors- François Delamare & Bernard Guineau , Eng. trans,Thames & Hudson,
>2000 , ISBN 0-500-30102-6 (Fr. Ed. Gallimard 1999)
>Although it's a tiny paperback it contains much on the history of pigments
>as well as the newest synthetics and their properties - a fascinating book
>I found this book a couple of years ago at the Tate Gallery bookshop in
>London but I imagine a search on the internet would find a copy over here
>Louise C.
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Message 2
From: L Cass
Date: Wed, 08 Dec 2004 09:25:58 -0500
Subject: [Baren 26610] apologies
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Apologies for a couple of empty messages or repeats - my e-mail server
appears to have gone beserk
Louise C.
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Message 3
From: Snoman114 #
Date: Wed, 08 Dec 2004 12:02:22 -0500
Subject: [Baren 26611] Re: New Baren Digest (HTML) V29 #2881 (Dec 7, 2004)
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Thanks everyone for your wonderful advice on my adhesive question. I am definitely going to test out all of the different suggestions and see what works best for me.
-bobby rosenstock
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Message 4
From: Barebonesart #
Date: Wed, 08 Dec 2004 19:50:17 +0000
Subject: [Baren 26612] Re: New Baren Digest (Text) V29 #2882 (Dec 8, 2004)
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This has to do with printing the styrofoam prints with the kids. I, too, used to use recycled trays from the supermarket and then - I found that it works a LOT better to use Chinette plates. They are like paper plates, but are a thin foam. You can get a pretty good sized square out of the bottom of each one, or a circle. The foam is exactly the same as the expensive stuff from the art-supply store, at a fraction of the cost. They are really, really cheap. Use a brayer and print them like any other relief print - you can use a rolling pin or a baren to print.

Nature prints are good - so are found item prints. Have the kids bring things from home and use them like stamps. Dip the end of a bolt on to a palette of brayered ink and then onto the paper and have them use lots of items to form their composition. This is a great way to teach some of the elements of design.
(Food can be printed like this, too. 1/2's of citrus and apples work well. A cantaloupe makes an interesting surface, and a dried ear of corn is terrific!)

Glue prints: Have the kids "draw" a design on scraps of matboard or some fairly rigid surface - wood or plastic will work, too. with white glue like Elmers. Let the glue lines dry and print them the following day. They can be printed relief just like the styrofoam prints - it is fun to have them print a solid plate first and the line print over it. Use a simple registration system like fastening small 1/2" x 2" matboard strips down to form an "L" that the corner of their paper will fit in.

There are lots more - if you want more kid stuff let me know!


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Message 5
From: Daniel Dew
Date: Wed, 8 Dec 2004 15:00:17 -0500
Subject: [Baren 26613] Re: Anyone Need a carver?
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RC wrote:
>...Try other not-so-absorbent papers, even Zirkal Book 100gpm is better than Hosho for waterbased work:)...

Thanks for the reply, I just ordered some from Graphic Chemical.

Daniel L. Dew
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Message 6
From: "Michael Horvath"
Date: Wed, 8 Dec 2004 17:40:14 -0500
Subject: [Baren 26614] Honing - the basics
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Dear Baren Members,

I just received my order of a leather honing block and honing compound. How does one use the block and compund to sharpen tools? Do I cover a portion of the block with honing compound and glide the blade over it? With circular motions or back and forth? Please help!

Best regards,