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I just got Exchange #30 this weekend! It arrived all safe and sound. :-)
It's amazing, thank you to all of you who contributed such wonderful
work! I'm in the process of trying to decide whether to frame and hang
any or to keep them all tucked away for my private enjoyment.
Thank you Doug for all your work, the booklet you sent with all the
information was great.
A note or two on my latest woodblock discoveries and adventures. I carved
some finer lines on this last block. When proofing they seemed to be
filling, so I went back in and cut a wider, deeper line. Well it was just a
bit too wide for my tastes. Not something that could be easily filled and
recarved. Solution, I put a damp cloth over the area I wanted to be a bit
smaller in line and the wood soaked in the water, swelled and I had what I
For this print I purchased some very lovely paper. It has 4 deckled edges
and looks to be handmade, at a cost of $3.00 a sheet it should at least be a
good paper. I am not totally fluent in Spanish, so it is hard to ask where
it came from and if it is hand made and not sure the folks working there
would know. I dampened it with a brush and let it sit overnight before
starting my printing. I had cut each piece to the size i wanted, but when I
went to print them they seemed larger, I know for a fact they were larger.
Would they swell and expand when dampened, does this happen a lot??? Has
anyone else had this happen??
Also another note, the paper leaves behind bits and pieces on the block.
Rather than get aggrevated about this i decided it was a part of this print
and the paper I am using and to just enjoy the variety. Some times we get
too fussy and need to go with the flow.
Now a plug for one of our members and their company. On the drive down here
I realized that I had brought only one small tube of brown oil based
printmaking ink. I was dismayed at my oversight as i often use brown
instead of black for a one color print. Also if we decide to fly down next
year I would have little or no brown ink. We came into San Francisco, an
art mecca and I said hey I want to look for an art store and find some brown
ink, surely they must have something here! I was sent to a Dick Blick that
was close to our motel. They had 2 tubes on close out. And of all things
they were GRAPHIC CHEMICAL INKS. I am not sure if Dick Blick still carries
their inks, but I got the last 2 tubes of brown ETCHING ink. I remembered
Barbara Mason saying she always uses etching ink for her relief prints and
likes it a lot. WOW I love this ink. It flows on so nice and smooth, the
quality is fabulous. Thank you Graphic Chemical for a good ink and when I
need more oil ink, I will buy tubes from you. Only one weird thing???
Both tubes were soft to the feel. I opened the first tube and it sqeezed
out beautiuflly, but it was umber and I decided I wanted to use Sienna. The
tube squeeshed, it felt soft, but the ink would not come out! I used a
round toothpick and pulled it out and thinned it and it was fine, but I did
find a few hard lumps in there. I figure it was on closeout and old, but
how weird that if felt so soft. Still a very nice ink and it is thinning up
and working very well.
Happy printing all and to all a good day,
Last week-end I received a package with all those beautiful prints in it. In the last few days I looked at them several times and no doubt will do that a few more times and discover something new again.
Thank you all very much and Doug thank you very much for your dogged determination to round up all those sheep, pen them, sort them and put on transport.
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I apologize in advance for the multiple posting if some of you are in more than one of these groups, but I wanted to call attention to the website of a friend of mine, Nina Weiss at
She's a wonderful artist and very nice person, and she teaches landscape workshops every summer in Italy. This year she will be teaching in Italy and in Ireland. She has all the info in a downloadable brochure which you will find on her website.
all the best,