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  1. [Baren 34250] Problems getting even color (Annette Haines)
  2. [Baren 34251] at last... (brad robinson)
  3. [Baren 34252] Baren Member blogs: Update Notification (Blog Manager)
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Message 1
From: Annette Haines
Date: Sat, 13 Oct 2007 17:41:51 -0400
Subject: [Baren 34250] Problems getting even color
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Išve been having trouble getting a good even color in my latest woodblock
print and I have been trying to figure out why this is happening. As far as
I can tell these are the variables that can affect the evenness of the

Baren - pressure, quality of baren
Pigment - some colors are naturally grainy (e.g. French Ultramarine Blue)
Nori/Water/Pigment - ratio
Wood - type, grain
Paper - differences in texture, sizing, and fiber content

Admittedly I am working with an inexpensive baren and will need to upgrade
there. A better quality baren is sure to improve the evenness in tone. As
for the pigment, I have used Holbein mineral violet water color in many
watercolor paintings and have not found it grainy. Yellow ochre pigment is a
bit grainy, but seems to be less noticeable (probably because is it a
lighter color). Likewise, I am using a similar nori/water/pigment ratio as I
did in another print which did not produce this blotchy effect. I have also
tried using more or less water/pigment/nori with little difference. As for
wood, I am using shina which, as far as I know, shouldn't be a problem. So
paper seems to be the one factor that could be causing the blotchiness.

The mineral violet seems to be a bit less blotchy on the nishinochi paper.
Gampi and Echizen Koso were quite blotchy. (see my blog at for images of the blotchiness on
these papers). Oh, and I didn't get any blotchiness in my test prints on
copy paper.

Does anyone have any advice on how I can get more even color? I am ordering
a better baren and hopefully that will help, but maybe there is something
else that I can try?

Thanks for your wisdom.

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Message 2
From: brad robinson
Date: Sat, 13 Oct 2007 18:01:17 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: [Baren 34251] at last...
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hey bareners, i finally got my latest print pulled! i finished carving it weeks ago for a steamroller benefit, where we pulled 2 prints to auction off, but because of work and then being out of town for vacation i had yet to pull some for myself. i was really happy with how it turned out. click on the link below and you'll be able to see it on my flickr site, if you're interested...

happy carving.

best, brad

Brad Robinson
Film & Event Production
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Message 3
From: Blog Manager
Date: 14 Oct 2007 03:55:34 -0000
Subject: [Baren 34252] 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. (39 sites checked, five minutes before midnight Eastern time)


Site Name: Mike Lyon's Moku Hanga

Author: Mike Lyon
Item: Self Portrait, painting in acrylic on linen, 60x40 inches


Site Name: Serendipity Artist

Item: Splotchy color in woodblock printing


Site Name: Artist Printmaker on line

Author: ainesse
Item: Silver (work for the FDPW anniversary exhibition)

Author: ainesse
Item: The Cobalt Series is completed


Site Name: Pistoles Press

Author: Pistoles Press
Item: Kirin in the wood


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