Today's postings

  1. [Baren 27405] roosters and rice paste etc (Cucamongie #
  2. [Baren 27406] Re: New Baren Digest (Text) V30 #2993 (Mar 13, 2005) (MJ Brush)
  3. [Baren 27407] Re: homemade paste ("Joseph Sheridan")
  4. [Baren 27408] Re: New Baren Digest (Text) V30 #2993 (Mar 13, 2005) (Legreenart #
  5. [Baren 27409] Re: Woodblock interest ("Ehud Yaniv")
  6. [Baren 27410] Tool Choices. ("Ehud Yaniv")
  7. [Baren 27411] Re: Tool Choices. (Barbara Mason)
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Message 1
From: Cucamongie #
Date: Sun, 13 Mar 2005 09:38:33 EST
Subject: [Baren 27405] roosters and rice paste etc
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Hi folks, Louise, yes the monkey last year was a solarplate etching, thanks!
I've been experimenting w/a bunch of new printmaking processes lately so who
knows what the rooster will be?

Thanks all for the many paste recipes. Not being much of a cook in general,
up til now I've just used the rice paste that comes in the tubes or methyl
cellulose. It would be interesting to compare the consistencies, etc. sometime

happy printing all!

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Message 2
From: MJ Brush
Date: Sun, 13 Mar 2005 11:05:51 -0500
Subject: [Baren 27406] Re: New Baren Digest (Text) V30 #2993 (Mar 13, 2005)
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Try using pure grain alcohol as a preservative for paste. Most liquor
stores carry it. I add about a teaspoonful to all my water based paints
in baby food jars, the paint does not mold. I've not tried it with rice
but it should work with no toxic side effects one finds with

92 High Street / Mystic CT 06355
Phone / Fax 860 572-1717
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Message 3
From: "Joseph Sheridan"
Date: Sun, 13 Mar 2005 12:44:26 -0500
Subject: [Baren 27407] Re: homemade paste
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The paste, I keep refrigerated and it will keep for a few days. Once I found a method to the preparation it became quite easy to mix a fresh batch up when needed. I use a whip to mix the first mixture into a water/rice paste then stir that into the preheated water. Continuing the whip stirring eliminates the lumps for me. Add the preservatives sounds like more than I need to do for now.
Good luck
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Message 4
From: Legreenart #
Date: Sun, 13 Mar 2005 12:47:53 EST
Subject: [Baren 27408] Re: New Baren Digest (Text) V30 #2993 (Mar 13, 2005)
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San Antonio art and print groups are collaborating on a Fine Art Print Month
Calendar for April again. We will recieve an official proclamation from the
Mayor at 9:30 in the morning of March 31. This is a great photo opportunity for
showing support for the art on printmaking in the community.
Anyone in the area is encouraged to come, and everyone is encouraged to start
this in your own town by asking the mayor for a proclamation.
Le Green Schubert
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Message 5
From: "Ehud Yaniv"
Date: Sun, 13 Mar 2005 20:11:03 -0800
Subject: [Baren 27409] Re: Woodblock interest
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>You have a very good hanga woodblock teacher in Graham Scholes in
>Sidney, British Columbia......
>...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...
>Perth, Western Australia

Hi Jan,

Thanks for the heads up re printmakers in my area. I have already been
offered help by Barbara who does not live that far away (about 1000 k.)

I am not going to be able to take any formal printmaking classes until I get
further in my photo diploma. First one than the other.

There seems to be quite a printmaking community in Australia. Comes up in
books and resources I have been looking at. My wife lived in Canberra
before moving to Canada so we have a little bit of an Australian connection
though I have never been there. Rebecca's accent is a challenge for people
because she did her early elementary education in England, her middle
elementary education in Australia and her high school in Canada. I think
her accent is quite nice.

It seems that OT and PT types come out of the woodwork in these lists.
While at the upcoming Teacher's Federation convention I will be meeting a
photographer who I met on another mailing list. She is a PT. In my
classroom we work with an OT, a PT, a Vision teacher as well as specialists
in deafblindness. It keeps us busy.

And, to make sure that there is enough printmaking content, I will be buying
a new set of mushroom handled chisels from Lee Valley Tools on Wednesday.
Then after the conference I will buy some wood.

A question though, is the Speedball Block Printing Ink OK for beginning
with? I can buy that quite close to home.


PS: My friends call me Oody which is to Ehud as Johnny is to John.

PPS: I don't think I can go back to University for a while. I have a B.A.
double major in History and Anthropology, a B. Ed. in Secondary
Education (Social Sciences and History), and a Diploma in Special Education.
I used to think I would like a Masters in something but I am not sure now.
I might be happier taking an "apprenticeship" in the arts - photography and
printmaking instead.
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Message 6
From: "Ehud Yaniv"
Date: Sun, 13 Mar 2005 22:02:45 -0800
Subject: [Baren 27410] Tool Choices.
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Hi everyone,

I was looking at the Lee Valley Tools catalogue and would like an opinion
about these two tool sets:

Japanese Detail Carving Tools (set of 5) and

And Block Cutters (set of 6)

Which set would be best for a beginner?



Ehud Yaniv
Still Light Photography
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Message 7
From: Barbara Mason
Date: Mon, 14 Mar 2005 00:16:16 -0800 (PST)
Subject: [Baren 27411] Re: Tool Choices.
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The set of 5 are fine, and will work but you will find you need a couple of smaller ones. I have this set and it works best if you hone the tools often, that is use a piece of leather and some jewelers rouge or paste and put it on the leather and draw the tool back towards yourself through the paste. It will keep the tool sharp and cut down the time you need to spend sharpening tools. The second set of 6 is for engraving, that is you always push the wood away from you. I recommend the first set over the engraving tools. You might also check out flexsteel tools. You are lucky to have a Lee Valley store in Vancouver so you can go and actually look at them before you buy them. The single most important thing about carving wood is to have wickedly sharp tools all the time. If not you are sort of tearing the wood, not carving it. The sharper the tools the better the work.
Good luck,