Today's postings

  1. [Baren 35079] sandblasting material (Salsbury)
  2. [Baren 35080] Baren Member blogs: Update Notification (Blog Manager)
  3. [Baren 35081] Re: sandblasting material (Charles Morgan)
  4. [Baren 35082] Wanda is sick (Barbara Mason)
  5. [Baren 35083] Re: Wanda is sick (aqua4tis #
  6. [Baren 35084] Sandblasting (Tom Kristensen)
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Message 1
From: Salsbury
Date: Wed, 13 Feb 2008 22:35:51 -0600
Subject: [Baren 35079] sandblasting material
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Hi Charles,

I have a friend who does sandblasting on stone of all kinds and he recently
gave me a piece of the material he uses to mask the stone. Sorry I don't
remember what it's called. If you would like to try a piece I would be
happy to send some to you.

Sue Salsbury
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Message 2
From: Blog Manager
Date: 14 Feb 2008 04:55:42 -0000
Subject: [Baren 35080] 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. (42 sites checked, five minutes before midnight Eastern time)


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Author: Andy English
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Item: Watercolor: Fruit & Wine Market in Florence


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Author: Amy Stoner
Item: A date with the studio


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Author: LAiNE
Item: 2008 Hanga Show


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Message 3
From: Charles Morgan
Date: Wed, 13 Feb 2008 21:00:38 -0800 (PST)
Subject: [Baren 35081] Re: sandblasting material
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Hey Sue,

Sure ... if it is not too much trouble, just pop a small bit in the mail. These days, air compressors and small sandblasting equipment are not outrageously expensive. Just another way to carve wood .......

On the other hand, why not get your friend to try it out??? Give him a simple design and a block of wood and ask him to go for it ... just to see if it works ...

I have seen some amazingly intricate designs carved in wood by laser ... but laser equipment is very expensive.

Cheers ....... Charles
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Message 4
From: Barbara Mason
Date: Wed, 13 Feb 2008 22:02:18 -0800 (PST)
Subject: [Baren 35082] Wanda is sick
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Dear Friends,
The council received an email yesterday and find that
our very own Wanda Robertson is in the hospital with a
very serious condition- hypercalcemia- but we don't
know yet what is causng it.
Her daughter says

>she's feeling a little better now,
>and would greatly appreciate word from any of you (I'm
>told she was tickled to know that you were concerned).
>if you want to send her cards to our
>house, we'll make sure they get to her. The address is
>Wanda Robertson
>c/o Lauren Robertson
>2135 NE Territorial Pl
>Canby, OR 97013

Wanda is the moderator of the Baren list and has been
on the site for 10 years. Those of us who know her
personally love her, she is such a sweet person and so
good to eveyone. On top of her sterling attributes she
is a pretty good printmaker.
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Message 5
From: aqua4tis #
Date: Thu, 14 Feb 2008 01:26:25 -0500
Subject: [Baren 35083] Re: Wanda is sick
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thanks for letting us know about wanda. she will be in my prayers

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Message 6
From: Tom Kristensen
Date: Thu, 14 Feb 2008 19:12:49 +1100
Subject: [Baren 35084] Sandblasting
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Charles asks if anyone has got a sandblaster for printmaking, and I
do. Although I cant claim to have done a lot with it yet, I have a
lot of plans. Initially I was interested in simply exposing the grain
in my blocks, this is easy to do by just blasting the timber surface
till the desired sculpting is achieved. Softer parts of the grain are
blasted away leaving the bony grain in relief. This works very well
with timber like cedar, but it is easy to overdo the blasting and
wind up with an irregular surface that is not flat enough to print
well. Less is more.

I am a fan of Kiyoshi Saito and I would like to try to re-create some
of his amazing textures. Having researched "sand carving" on the net
I now realise that it is theoretically possible to create any relief
pattern at all with the use of UV sensitive rubber emulsion and a
black image on transparent film, this is how they etch fancy patterns
into whisky glasses. Rubber repels the flying grit and is the ideal
mask. This involves buying some fancy gear like printer friendly film
and UV lamps, pots of special goo and so on, I'm not ready for that.
At a more basic level one can paint directly onto the block with any
rubber paint and blast away, this would allow for some spontaneous
brushwork that would sit well with the more exacting techniques
normally seen in woodblock prints. Of course the sandblaster will
also work well with stone or concrete, but this will create nasty dust.

The idea of sandblasting is simple but it does drag in a lot of extra
gear. You need the cabinet, a sack grit - I chose fused Aluminum
oxide for dust safety reasons, a compressor to pump out the air, and
an extractor to suck out the dust. All of these components can be
bought cheaply now that the Chinese make everything and I think I
spent about $500 all up. But as I said not much to show yet, I admit
the wire brush works pretty well too.

Tom in Australia