Today's postings

  1. [Baren 33706] Re: brushes (Barbara Mason)
  2. [Baren 33707] Re: Baren Digest (old) V40 #3961 ("Marilynn Smith")
  3. [Baren 33708] Re: Exchange #34 (peggy koenig)
  4. [Baren 33709] Baren Member blogs: Update Notification (Blog Manager)
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Message 1
From: Barbara Mason
Date: Thu, 5 Jul 2007 07:56:53 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: [Baren 33706] Re: brushes
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Maybe you can soak it in water to get the paste
out...I know some people soak their brushes to tighten
up the wood when hairs start to fall out. I think Jan
in Australia soaks her brushes with no problems. If it
is paste it should soak out. I would give it a try.
Best to you,
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Message 2
From: "Marilynn Smith"
Date: Thu, 5 Jul 2007 08:48:48 -0700
Subject: [Baren 33707] Re: Baren Digest (old) V40 #3961
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I would say, clean your brushes. To use soap or not is probably a personal
issue. I have found that with this hanga process there are many opinions
and many directions. One person will tell you to lie them on their sides
and not get them too wet. Another will say, rub them on the bottom of the
sink and wash those brushes and sit them with the bristles down on toweling.
Get that pigment out, it will be better for the next usage! I use soap and I
rinse thoroughly. I had the experience where I was told to wrap the brushes
in light fabric and lie them on their sides and just to hold the ends under
running water and shake them. My brushes were falling apart. Than I
started to wash them well, even using soap, rinse them well and set them on
toweling with the bristles downwards and now they are healthy.
I think the key issue to longer life span for the brushes is to get them
dry! Shake out all the excess water before setting out to dry!

I have used oil brushes, I always used lanolin mechanics soap on them, it
reconditioned them, have not tried that with the hanga brushes. I have had
many types of watercolor brushes, including the ones that cost into the
hundreds of dollars (a waste of money). They claim they will last a
lifetime HA! The bristles eventually wear down and you need a new one with
a good point. I use soap on these to get all the pigment out. Remember
these are tools, do take care of them but they will eventually wear, period.
If your brush is full of pigment and paste you need to get it out or it will
show in your prints. My hanga prints are still amaturish compared to most
so I need all the help I can get and a clean brush is a help.
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Message 3
From: peggy koenig
Date: Thu, 5 Jul 2007 13:25:34 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: [Baren 33708] Re: Exchange #34
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I'm not very active on/in the Baren Forum but had such
a nice experience with the (non-Forum) Periodic Table
project. Thank you Jenn. I've been having a bit of a
dry spell in the creativity/productivity department so
perhaps an exchange is just the creative nudge I need.
I would like to participate in #34 if you'll have
me. Cheers, peggy
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Message 4
From: Blog Manager
Date: 6 Jul 2007 03:55:31 -0000
Subject: [Baren 33709] 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. (34 sites checked, five minutes before midnight Eastern time)


Site Name: Woodblock Dreams

Author: Annie B
Item: Wayne Crothers


Site Name: Printmakingblog

Author: Printblog


Site Name: m.Lee Fine Art

Author: m.Lee
Item: happy thoughts needed!


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