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  1. [Baren 26662] Re: Shameless self P/R ... (ArtfulCarol #
  2. [Baren 26663] Provincetown print movement ("Harry French")
  3. [Baren 26664] Re: Flying Monkeys/Roosters - deadlines, keeping paper moist... (Julio.Rodriguez #
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Message 1
From: ArtfulCarol #
Date: Sat, 18 Dec 2004 15:43:06 EST
Subject: [Baren 26662] Re: Shameless self P/R ...
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Dave , I love them all.
Winter ,Summer,
Spring and Fall!

( I'm looking but see nothing "shameless" or shameful)

Carol Lyons
Irvington, Ny
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Message 2
From: "Harry French"
Date: Sun, 19 Dec 2004 07:10:21 -0000
Subject: [Baren 26663] Provincetown print movement
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There seems no end to the skill and knowledge of the Baren forum when I ask a question, but this time your answers have launched me into a new, exciting realm of printmaking and appreciation. I have never thought of, or heard of, the Provincetown print movement. This question has once again proved that the more I know the less I know ! My print was a muku hanga experiment. I get fed up of cutting out all the colours so just painted the whole range of colours onto one block and whilst the Akua colours were quite damp I printed onto a Japanese paper used for ink painting ( Hahnemuhle Sumi-e 80 g/m - 40 lbs) and baren printed direct...I forgot to dampen the paper. There were no "white" lines in the colour print. Then I cut a key block and printed a "black" line on top of it... again forgetting to dampen the paper, so it could be a "black line" or simply a monoprint, but in my early days this title was taken to mean literally one (mono) print. Editions of monoprints were seen as a contradiction : this is another word I must update to its current usage.
It will be ages before I can be comfortable with muku hanga : my print method has always been as an expressionist : thrashing images onto paper almost to the detriment of all arts and crafts.
Thanks,as always
Harry in Merrie Olde England.
Just in case you have arrived in the middle of this debate
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Message 3
From: Julio.Rodriguez #
Date: Sun, 19 Dec 2004 05:00:37 -0600
Subject: [Baren 26664] Re: Flying Monkeys/Roosters - deadlines, keeping paper moist...
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Hi Jeanne........

signup is still open....go to link below and put in your name, address,

re control and keeping paper 'wet' when Matt Brown, I
too use Rives heavyweight and I find it forgiving for most
does not take well to multiple moku-hanga impressions and does tend to
'pile' on the that the right word ? most of the time if I use
my press I am ok...but if I am printing by hand with a baren I have to use
a waxy sheet in between to protect the paper. I am now doing a 14
impressions print with many gradations and if I had to do it over I would
have gone with japanese handmade papers from the mall...nothing like using
the right materials for each job at hand !

While printing, I keep my print stack at the right level of softness by
wrapping the stack in moist paper towels...depending on the weather...I
keep a water sprayer nearby in case the towels need a little moisture. If
the prints are a bit too wet...I uncover the paper towels and leave the
top sheet to air out a bit.

I find that like with most 'chores', if I develop a pattern for myself and
keep things moving along while printing...the paper remains
moist....remember you want moist & soft...never 'wet' with
moku-hanga.....ten minutes into my routine...I seem to fall into a mindset
where everything arounds me just does not exist...all I have to think
about is the printing at hand....a touch of color, a dab of
paste...brush-brush-brush, new sheet from the stack, grab the baren &
print....a quick look to check for edition color..on to the done
stack....and then the pattern starts over interruptions
(except for the occassional switching of the cd or a slight break to
stretch the muscles). I learn this by watching Dave print on his webcam.
I am lefty so I have my paper stack and my baren on the left side...and my
'done' stack on the right. Once the edition is over, I wrap the prints
inside moist paper towels and inside a plastic bag (usually the original
one from the Rives stock)...if printing is done for a while..the whole
thing goes in the refrigerator until next time.