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  1. [Baren 26665] RE: Baren Digest (old) V29 #2894 ("marilynn smih")
  2. [Baren 26666] white line prints (juan Guerrero)
  3. [Baren 26667] Re: white line prints (MccarthyDb #
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Message 1
From: "marilynn smih"
Date: Sun, 19 Dec 2004 07:32:59 -0800
Subject: [Baren 26665] RE: Baren Digest (old) V29 #2894
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Harry I am not sure I thrash, but all this preplanning is not me. So I
start with an image and it goes its own way. I wanted color for this block,
so thought it would be a reduction print. But the carving became so
delicate, more than before, for me, on wood, that I decided this would have
to be black and white. Now i will be doing white line to see if it will
work. I have a strip to the right for tacking on the paper. I have
wonderful Japanese paper from the mall and will try it damp at first, than
experiment with it dry. Than I might try some western paper dry, just to
see. I did preplan my print for the surinomo exchange, with the poetry, so
it is not my usual type of work, but I am on a learning curve here. Now
another question: When one prints white line are you using the traditional
method of applying rice paste. With moku Hanga the paste is dabbed on and
than the pigment and than you brush it together. This piece has some very
small areas for holdiing color and the possiblitiy of spreading to other
areas is apparant. so do you mix a little paste directly into the pigment?
Or would this be a bad idea? Also are you using waterclor brushes? It
would seem you could control the pigment more with a small brush.
Thanks everyone,
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Message 2
From: juan Guerrero
Date: Sat, 18 Dec 2004 22:44:55 -0600
Subject: [Baren 26666] white line prints
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Hey, I want to try the "White line" method. About the paper, I would use a
dry thin western paper, of probably I could spray a little moist before
printing. But, what about the wood. We have lots of pine wood here in
Mexico. Should I use some shellac before carving?
Also, have anyone tried this method using oily inks?

Juan Guerrero

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Message 3
From: MccarthyDb #
Date: Sun, 19 Dec 2004 23:40:24 EST
Subject: [Baren 26667] Re: white line prints
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pine wood is not too bad for white line printing- you are merely creating
demarcations rather than trying to create narrow stand-alone lines- pine is too
pulpy and pitchy for that- but because it is so large-grained and pitchy, i
would fully prepare the block first which would be to sand & polyurethane (oil
poly) X 3, then you have a surface that will print impervious to the
pitch/large grained quality of the wood- i would slightly sand the final treatment of
the wood to allow it to accept ink more readily- not so much an issue if you
are going with oil inks (litho inks are my favorite)
in this process you may sacrifice the grain quality that you might have had
but, if pine is prevalent, it is a way of working the wood to good advantage-
good luck! i've done a lot of white line printing- and white line printing
with a key block-- really fun to do although measures must be taken if you are
pulling an edition versus a series of interesting monos.