Today's postings

  1. [Baren 34763] Re: Some very minor questions (Sharri LaPierre)
  2. [Baren 34764] Re: Some very minor questions (Andy English)
  3. [Baren 34765] Exchange 36 ("Jean Womack")
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Message 8
From: Sharri LaPierre
Date: Mon, 7 Jan 2008 20:59:21 -0800
Subject: [Baren 34763] Re: Some very minor questions
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I always dampen paper when I'm printing oily inks - it makes the
paper more receptive to the ink and gives you much better coverage.
The paper just seems to suck the ink right off the block! It is
standard practice, although there are many who print dry, too.

Cheers ~
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Message 1
From: Andy English
Date: Tue, 8 Jan 2008 08:34:23 +0000 (GMT)
Subject: [Baren 34764] Re: Some very minor questions
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>my machine papers are already soaking in a water tray ready for to try out tomorrow!

Go easy with the soaking! Dampening paper can certainly aid printing in a handpress - I use it if I am printing a large block on rough paper in the small Albion press - it gives a decent impression where dry paper would not.

For "immediate" dampening, I spray the paper with a garden centre water spray bottle and wipe off. For a more considered job, I dampen every other sheet in a pile of paper and then wrap them in polythene overnight so that the dampness evens out.

Let us know how you get on.

A Very Happy 2008 to you all.


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Message 2
From: "Jean Womack"
Date: Tue, 8 Jan 2008 00:42:25 -0800
Subject: [Baren 34765] Exchange 36
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My New Year project is printing an edition of a four-plate woodblock of naturtiums which I carved years ago and only printed two or three of. It's a fund raising project for a local shelter which serves families. The person donates $50 to the shelter and I give them a print. So far, I have traded two prints for donations.

I have done this in the past for political campaigns, where I give the candidate a whole edition of prints and they give the print in exchange for a donation to the campaign. It's my way of participating in politics without money. It works pretty well with local elections but probably would not go over very well in a national election.

Thanks for the talk about the presses. Also don't miss the link to Mike Lyons in Chicago with his huge portraits.

Anyway, the reason I am writing is because I was wondering why there are no active links on the exchange page for signing up for Exchange 36. I hope there's still room because I would like to sign up for it! Thanks.

Jean Womack