Today's postings

  1. [Baren 28227] More on Transfering Images ("Tom Kristensen")
  2. [Baren 28228] Re: Barbara and chicago ("Carol Myers")
  3. [Baren 28229] Update notification from the Barenforum Blog (Blog Manager)
  4. [Baren 28230] Re: New Baren Digest (HTML) V32 #3112 (Jul 4, 2005) (Sharri LaPierre)
  5. [Baren 28231] Re: transfering images (slinders #
  6. [Baren 28232] Exchange #24 (Barbara Mason)
  7. [Baren 28233] Kabuki exhibition in London UK ("Harry French")
  8. [Baren 28234] Re: Exchange #24 ("DIANE CUTTER")
  9. [Baren 28235] Crazy ("April Vollmer")
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Message 1
From: "Tom Kristensen"
Date: Tue, 5 Jul 2005 11:48:03 +1000
Subject: [Baren 28227] More on Transfering Images
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There have been lots of ideas on how to get an image onto a block and ready for carving. Many people have referred to xerox images and solvents, I remember these huge machines from childhood, but have not used a xerox machine in a long time. Nowadays most people have computer printers and it seems more sensible to me that we use these and avoid all the toxic chemicals. Any printer can be coaxed into printing onto wrapping tissue if the tissue is lightly adhered to a backing paper. A light application of spray adhesive onto the backing is all you need. The image on the tissue is pasted to the block with rice starch and is ready for carving. The ink from the printer is water soluble, so it is best to have the ink face up. The tissue is difficult to handle so it is best to have it adhered to the backing sheet. The trick is to print the image, remove it from the backing, flip it over and restick the backing. Now paste it down onto the starchy block. lower one corner down first, then straighten up an edge of the paper with the edge of the block. Carefully lower the paper in a rolling action, smoothing out air bubbles as you go. Now peel away the backing. Presto!

Avoid using blocks of colour and use nice fine black lines and you will avoid having the ink run, Likewise, do not use too much starch when pasting down the tissue. I like to put an entire rectangle around my image and take my kento marks from the corner of the rectangle and along one side, this way I can check that the whole thing is sitting nice and true without any distortion. If something goes wrong it is best to print another copy and start again. Too easy!

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Message 2
From: "Carol Myers"
Date: Mon, 4 Jul 2005 21:53:08 -0500
Subject: [Baren 28228] Re: Barbara and chicago
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Hi Barbara and Chicago Baren Friends,

On a whim, I might be inspired to drive to Chicago to get to meet all of you and see the show. Could you let me in on the details? Would it be a thursday eve dinner? It's a longish drive from Indianapolis, but I would love to get to see some of you in real life! I might even have to come up in time to shop at Graphic Chemical!

Keep me in the information loop, please.
Carol M. in Indy

Carol L. Myers (under construction)
Studio Art Quilt Associates
Regional Representative, IN-OH
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Message 3
From: Blog Manager
Date: 5 Jul 2005 04:01:35 -0000
Subject: [Baren 28229] Update notification from the Barenforum Blog
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Tom Kristensen posted an entry entitled: Okiie Hashimoto print style

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Message 4
From: Sharri LaPierre
Date: Mon, 4 Jul 2005 21:11:39 -0700
Subject: [Baren 28230] Re: New Baren Digest (HTML) V32 #3112 (Jul 4, 2005)
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Okay, here is yet another choice in transferring a xerox image to a
block of wood. It is called "Colorless Blender" by the Prismacolor
felt marker people. Remember to recap it quickly as it will
evaporate in a blink of the eye. The main ingredient is xylol or
xylene, which is, of course, highly toxic, like all the other
choices in this thing. My solution was to purchase the xylene in a
small container and pour a little in a glass jar where I keep several
spent colorless blenders tip down and ready to go. I take one out,
smear it over a small area of the xerox, slap it back in the jar &
replace the lid, burnish image with a hard object. This is best done
outside, or with a mask, but of all the solutions, it is probably the
most dependable and has the least amount of exposure to nasty stuff.
Forget that litho business - it is way too tricky and time consuming,
not to mention frustrating - LOL


PS - there seems to be two schools of thought on the oil of
wintergreen. One says it is highly toxic, the other says it is
not. It was highly touted as a non-toxic way to transfer images at
SGC one year. I bought mine at a pharmacy and it has absolutely no
warnings on it other than that it is a highly concentrated flavoring
ingredient. It is methyl salicylate synthetic. I finally tried it a
few minutes ago, it makes a very good transfer, equal to mineral
spirits as far as I could tell. I do not have a headache. It is
quite spendy, though - and it does smell like Pepto Bismol. I'm not
wild about that smell, but then, I'm not wild about any of the
solvent smells, including Citrasolv, either.
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Message 5
From: slinders #
Date: Tue, 05 Jul 2005 00:14:23 -0500
Subject: [Baren 28231] Re: transfering images
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It will help if you shellac the back of your xerox copy before
you begin the rest of the process, to give a bit of strength to
the paper. Let it won't take long- 15 minutes. You
can sometimes reuse it when it's strengthened this way.
Best wishes,
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Message 6
From: Barbara Mason
Date: Tue, 5 Jul 2005 01:41:25 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: [Baren 28232] Exchange #24
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This exchange has not dissappeared down a black hole....I am waiting for one more promised set of prints. There is something about spring that seems to have made everyone weeks and weeks late. Plus we had a few foul ups...but all is worked out and everyone is happy. No names will ever be mentioned. My lips are sealed. Since I am leaving Wednesday for Chicago, I will mail these out next week or shortly there after. Wanda, the faithful, is going to come over and help me put them all into boxes for return...I have them mostly in files so we are nearly there....the promised set should be here when I get back. Wahoo!

I had a stunning breakthrough in the organization of this exchange....the last exchange I did with Wanda's help was #3 so it has been awhile...I got legal size hanging file folders and just filed the prints in 31 folders...this worked so well I hope others coordinatore will follow suit. The best part is I was able to file them a little at a time, so did not have 31 piles of prints layed out all over the house like I did in the past. It took two cardboard fiing boxes but it held them all in very tidy order. I highly recommend this method and will gladly send the file folders on to who needs them next as soon as we ship this exchange out! It is working almost too well...I expect a catch any moment.

On another note, you can buy a portfolio from the mall at any time now and I will be sending them out as they are ordered in the future. Be sure to tell me which size you want. You will be able to down load the labels soon from Mike who will see to this part of it. So the coordinator will no longer have to deal with the cases and we can keep better say the case records from the last year are a mess is putting it lightly...When Toda-san became ill we had a lot of trouble filling orders. I am working at getting it straightend out. Sending them when ordered will solve this will have to slip your prints in yourself but think everyone can handle this and the cases will be available if you need one at any time....a luxury we have not had in the past. They are chuban or oban and I have them here in Oregon....we will try to keep a supply on hand at all times.
Also, I have a new helper with the mall, Bridget Pilip who lives in Portland. It is working out very well for me and I hope for her! I appreciate her every day. Gradually she is learning all the kinks and exceptions to the regular business of the Baren Mall. There are more than I realized but she is up to the challenge.
Best to all,
exchange 24 coordinator and mall manager
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Message 7
From: "Harry French"
Date: Tue, 5 Jul 2005 10:41:18 +0100
Subject: [Baren 28233] Kabuki exhibition in London UK
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Are you In London, UK this summer ? Don't miss the Kabuki Heroes exhibition at the British Museum until 11th September 2005.
On line, as always, Kunisada and Kabuki at the Fitzwilliam, Cambridge,UK.
also a fascinating animated Japanese woodblock cutting and colour printing demonstration.
and a collection of Yoshitoshi prints and drawings, acquired in 2003 with help from the National Art Collection Fund which has just celebrated 100 years of saving art treasures for the nation (UK) - as a member of the NACF I was particularly pleased with this successful outcome.
Hope the links are of interest.
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Message 8
Date: Tue, 5 Jul 2005 06:57:55 -0400
Subject: [Baren 28234] Re: Exchange #24
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How brilliant of you to come up with the folder idea. If it is not too much trouble, I'd love for you to send me the folders for Exchange #25... That certainly is the cleverest solution. I'd been racking my brain on how to best organize #25. Thanks so much!

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Message 9
From: "April Vollmer"
Date: Tue, 5 Jul 2005 07:12:32 -0400
Subject: [Baren 28235] Crazy
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Yes, Crazy Glue is just used to glue a broken bit of wood back the
chip! I have never found a filler to work, the texture is never the same.
They used to cut out the bad area and hammer in a plug of new wood to
re-carve an error.