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  1. [Baren 32585] Re: New Baren Digest (HTML) V38 #3759 (Jan 10, 2007) (su tamsett)
  2. [Baren 32586] Re: simultaneous relief and intaglio printing ("James Mundie")
  3. [Baren 32587] Re: simultaneous relief and intaglio printing ("steffan ziegler")
  4. [Baren 32588] Baren Member blogs: Update Notification (Blog Manager)
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Message 1
From: su tamsett
Date: Wed, 10 Jan 2007 07:48:49 -0800 (PST)
Subject: [Baren 32585] Re: New Baren Digest (HTML) V38 #3759 (Jan 10, 2007)
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Dear Gillyin (love the spelling),

Thanks for the info, I will see what I can locate as far as copies of the same.

Re the names, my memory may be faulty but that name, B.J.O. Nordfield, is only
vaguely familiar. "Alfred" something or other is tugging at my brain cells, but then
they are old and well used. Whoever it was, he was supposed to have started the
"movement". Anyone out there have any other possibilities (either than the fact that
my memory is faulty - which it probably is)?


> for Su again i thought of his name while driving home...B.J.O. Nordfeld
> then i hauled out my books so get a pencil and here's the names and numbers:
> The Woodblocks of B . J. O. Nordfeld ISBN 0-938713-08-6
> Ada Gilmore :
> catalogue from exhibition at Mary Ryan Gallery 452 Colombus Ave NY NY 10024
> Blanche Lazzell : Provincetown Classics in History.Literature abd Art #2
> ISBN 0-945135-01-7
> Provincetown Printing Blocks :
> catalogue fron exhibition at Provincetown Art Assoc & Museum
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Message 2
From: "James Mundie"
Date: Wed, 10 Jan 2007 11:24:41 -0500
Subject: [Baren 32586] Re: simultaneous relief and intaglio printing
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Jan wrote:

> Printing plexiglass can either be as an etching technique or a relief
> print or both together.
> If using the combined method use two different coloured oil based inks.
> My advice too, once you have the etching ink in the burr of the design
> wipe the surrounding areas very clean. With the second colour rolled up with relief ink, > use a BIG roller and I mean big roller that will cover the entire width of the plate in one
> roll or one circumference of the roller and clean the roller each time
> it is run across the design because the roller will pick up the colour
> of the etching ink and will leave dirty marks on the second half of the
> plate and consequently on to your print.....

The way to decrease the offset of the first color is to employ viscosity techniques. You'll want to make the intaglio ink extremely stiff and dry (with the aid of magnesium carbonate powder). The 'top coat' then should be very oily and loose - so add more plate oil than you would normally. You could add a third color with even more oil, if you'd like - but you're only making it more difficult on yourself when it comes time to clean up.

As Jan noted, you really want a wide diameter roller for this (and if doing more than two colors, you'll want a roller - from very soft to hard - for each ascending color. If the intaglio ink is very dry, the oiler ink should lay right over it with very little offset. Succesive layers will tend to blend more and offset onto each other - but create some interesting effects. In fact, some printmakers will purposely reverse the last two layers so that the drier roller pulls aways some of the oilier ink (rather psychedelic results).

One more bit of advice: when printing multiple colors like this, try to pick colors that are as far apart from each on the spectrum as possible. If the colors are too similar, they will blend together and you won't notice the difference - and all the extra work will have been wasted.

Happy printing!

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Message 3
From: "steffan ziegler"
Date: Wed, 10 Jan 2007 09:18:16 -0800
Subject: [Baren 32587] Re: simultaneous relief and intaglio printing
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Krishna Reddy's book on simultaneous intaglio printing is a good place to
look for how to employ the viscocity methods. I imagine that the techniques
would translate well to plexi, since Reddy "carves" into his metal plates
with power tools (like Dremels, etc.)

Don't be alarmed at it's high price, you can find it in bargain bins all
over if you keep your eyes peeled.

steffan.ziegler |
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Message 4
From: Blog Manager
Date: 11 Jan 2007 04:55:16 -0000
Subject: [Baren 32588] Baren Member blogs: Update Notification
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This is an automatic update message being sent to [Baren] by the forum blog software.

The following new entries were found on the listed printmaker's websites during the past 24 hours. (26 sites checked, five minutes before midnight Eastern time)


Site Name: David Bull, Woodblock Printmaker

Item: David's next project ... It's About Time!

Item: 'Hyakunin Issho' Newsletter: Winter issue uploaded


Site Name: Amy Stoner's Fine Art Blog

Author: Amy Stoner
Item: A new affair


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