Today's postings

  1. [Baren 27396] roosters (Cucamongie #
  2. [Baren 27397] Re: Woodblock interest (Jan Telfer)
  3. [Baren 27398] Re: Funny Story ("Joseph Sheridan")
  4. [Baren 27399] homemade paste (Barbara Mason)
  5. [Baren 27400] RE: homemade paste ("Phil Bivins")
  6. [Baren 27401] Re: roosters (Aqua4tis #
  7. [Baren 27402] Re: New Baren Digest (HTML) V30 #2992 (Mar 12, 2005) (Sharri LaPierre)
  8. [Baren 27403] Re: roosters (L Cass)
  9. [Baren 27404] Rice Starch Recipies ("Love Me")
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Message 1
From: Cucamongie #
Date: Sat, 12 Mar 2005 08:35:00 EST
Subject: [Baren 27396] roosters
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Thanks georga, Wanda and Barbara (who already sent me one of her roosters
even though I'm not on the list), and I will be making a rooster print shortly
and so will return a rooster to whoever sends me one :)

best wishes
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Message 2
From: Jan Telfer
Date: Sat, 12 Mar 2005 23:00:10 +0800
Subject: [Baren 27397] Re: Woodblock interest
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Welcome Ehud to Baren.

> My name is Ehud and I am a special educator working with students who
> have
> multiple and profound disabilities in Langley, British Columbia.

You have a very good hanga woodblock teacher in Graham Scholes in
Sidney, British Columbia......
He also has a week long tuition workshop called Bootcamp in early June
to which I have been to three times..... not that I am slow to learn,
I don't think but because I come from Western Australia I took
advantage of going to two in three weeks in the one year. You will get
all the help you need. You also have a very strong BC group as well
including our dear Charles, so you are in fine hands.

I too am an Occupational Therapist and at present having a second
childhood back at Uni doing a Master of Arts/ Art Therapy. I think i
love being with all the young ones again. The course itself I feel is
a bit deja view as we covered all this in OT thirty odd years ago!!
But I am having fun.
> I am also a student at the Vancouver Community College in the
> Professional
> Photography Diploma, part-time. I have no space for a darkroom so
> much of
> my photography is limited to what can be done in class. Therefore, I
> have
> been looking for another artistic outlet.

I liked your photography.... another of my special interests.
> I have always been interested in printmaking but not really
> followed-up on
> the interest other than an occasional professional development class.
> Lately, I have been thinking about photogravure which as led me to
> relief
> printmaking as I cannot afford a press. I have done some wood carving
> in
> the past which has further led me to woodblock printmaking.

You have come to the right place. Welcome.

Perth, Western Australia
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Message 3
From: "Joseph Sheridan"
Date: Sat, 12 Mar 2005 09:58:33 -0500
Subject: [Baren 27398] Re: Funny Story
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Rice Starch .. from my Japanese food market

I start with 8 parts water to 1 part rice strach . First I mix the starch with a small amount of water into a paste then add that to the reamining water, which i have brought to a boil. Lower the heat and cook for about 5 minutes. The mixture will get a translucent look to it and then I let it cool a bit an print away.

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Message 4
From: Barbara Mason
Date: Sat, 12 Mar 2005 07:04:56 -0800 (PST)
Subject: [Baren 27399] homemade paste
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Is there some type of preservative to put into it? I know they are using something commercially as it just lasts forever in those little jars one can buy off the shelf. They are expensive...I seem so erratic in my schedule, it would be hard to make it and use it...I am sure my paste would rot before I got stuff printed if I made it myself. Don't tell me, Formaldehyde is the key....what about wintergreen or something? I know the stuff you buy does not smell...maybe alum? I am sure no chemist so help me out here! Enquiring minds want to know!
Best to all,
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Message 5
From: "Phil Bivins"
Date: Sat, 12 Mar 2005 10:23:56 -0500
Subject: [Baren 27400] RE: homemade paste
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I have not posted much since joining Baren 7 years ago but I have always
watched this forum. I'm sure most of you are familiar with Brian Shure's
book, "Chine Colle: A Printer's Handbook". He has an excellent formula for
making paste. He uses wheat starch Aytex-P from Talas,
. Ratio of 1 part wheat starch to 4 parts
H2O. It is cooked in a double boiler. The process is time consuming but the
results are superior to anything I have used.

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Message 6
From: Aqua4tis #
Date: Sat, 12 Mar 2005 10:43:47 EST
Subject: [Baren 27401] Re: roosters
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cool sarah
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Message 7
From: Sharri LaPierre
Date: Sat, 12 Mar 2005 08:39:12 -0800
Subject: [Baren 27402] Re: New Baren Digest (HTML) V30 #2992 (Mar 12, 2005)
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I'll send a rooster, too. I missed the post where you ask for one, so
send me your address & I'll get one winging its way.

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Message 8
From: L Cass
Date: Sat, 12 Mar 2005 12:47:46 -0500
Subject: [Baren 27403] Re: roosters
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Sarah -
I, too, would love to exchange roosters with you - you did send out a
lovely monkey last year -wasn't it an etching??
Louise Cass
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Message 9
From: "Love Me"
Date: Sun, 13 Mar 2005 21:55:44 +1100
Subject: [Baren 27404] Rice Starch Recipies
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Dan asks about rice starch and making paste.

All advice from Mike and Charles is good, (as always), but I can add a tip or two, mainly to avoid lumps.

I make my paste on the kitchen stove in a smallish stainless pan, in about 5 minutes. First, get a wooden spoon and saw the bottom tip off it. This way when you stir, it takes the paste from the bottom of the pan, avoiding lumps. (Great for white sauce too.) Second, put some cold water into your sink and use this a little later to cool your pan. Third, heat 90% of your water to simmer - before adding the starch dissolved into 10% of the water. Turn the heat down. The starch mix should be poured in slowly and evenly, stirring constantly. Wait a minute or so, till the mix begins to bubble, dont overcook. Take the pan off the heat, take it to the sink, dunk it in, and keep stirring. If you pour the coolish paste out of the pan into a storage tub, it will cool even quicker. At this stage you can judge its consistency. It should be without lumps, you should be able to pick a dob up with a brush and it should carry to the printing block. Better that it is too thick than runny. The paste tends to go runny over a day out in the open, so I keep the bulk in the refrigerator.

It really is easy to make, and it works so well.

Tom K