Today's postings

  1. [Baren 34702] solarplate...not woodblock so skip this if you like (Barbara Mason)
  2. [Baren 34703] Re: New Baren Digest (HTML) V41 #4169 (Dec 29, 2007) (jlkornett #
  3. [Baren 34704] Baren Member blogs: Update Notification (Blog Manager)
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Message 1
From: Barbara Mason
Date: Sat, 29 Dec 2007 08:34:15 -0800 (PST)
Subject: [Baren 34702] solarplate...not woodblock so skip this if you like
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I am an expert at solarplate so let me know if you
need help...I can walk you through it. The critical
thing is contact, exposure time and contact...for
relief you do not use a screen to sensitize the plate
You just lay the image emulsion or ink side down on
the plate, lay a heavy piece of glass over it (not
window glass as this has uv inhibitors in it as does
plexi-glas) lay it all on a towel or something soft so
you are sure of good contact. After exposure you can
wash it our for 15 minutes or until you get right down
to the metal. Blot dry with phone book pages and put
it back in the sun for about 5 minutes to harden.

With relief plates you are keeping the whites, so you
need to reverse out your image, so the exposure time
is to harden all exposed plate and anything covered by
a dark area will stay soft and wash away in water.
This is really important so reread this paragraph.

You can use akua kolor to print but watercolor will be
difficult..I would roll the ink on for best results.
Oil and a press works great. If the plate is well
hardened in the sun small amounts of water, like the
amount used to clean a plate will not harm it. However
I don't think printing with our traditional way for
woodblock with water would be a good idea. Why tempt
fate since these plates wash out with water. If anyone
wants my notes, write me off list and I will email
them to you. I have a small booklet I am doing with
photos but it is not quite ready to print. I will let
everyone know when it is done.
Best to all

> "I exposed the plate for 15 minutes on an overcast
> day, washed it out with
> gentle scrubbing and got a very nice relief image."
> -Jean Womack
> OH! I never thought about using them for relief!!!
> I had so much trouble
> using them for aquatint that I gave up on them.
> Still have some left from
> last year's etching class, maybe I'll try them for a
> relief of the Rat!
> Patti
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Message 2
From: jlkornett #
Date: Sat, 29 Dec 2007 20:07:37 -0500
Subject: [Baren 34703] Re: New Baren Digest (HTML) V41 #4169 (Dec 29, 2007)
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Happy new year everyone-!
It is a cold wet evening here in Beautiful Maryland, and I have just about finished printing an edition. If the air ever dries so will the prints and I will be able to print the last color.

I have one technical question that will affect how I print my next image. I hope people can help me out.

1. I am working on small images (4x6 inches) because that is the biggest my press will take. When I grow up I will have a bigger press!

I am using Akua inks on reduction prints (haven't got the confidence yet to do multiple plates)

After four colors I am printed into a corner because my colors have gotten dark, (eg- yellow, light orange, alizarin and blue).

If I add anything else everything will turn brown. I would like to print white, so that I can use a few more colors such as light and dark purple. The Akua block print inks wont work because of their transparency. Any good ideas out there?

Thanks a million in advance.

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Message 3
From: Blog Manager
Date: 30 Dec 2007 04:55:20 -0000
Subject: [Baren 34704] Baren Member blogs: Update Notification
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