Today's postings

  1. [Baren 35188] questions about stretching paper (Tiberiu Chelcea)
  2. [Baren 35189] Re: questions about stretching paper (Charles Morgan)
  3. [Baren 35190] Re: questions about stretching paper (Barbara Mason)
  4. [Baren 35191] Re: Exchange 36 update (Carole Baker)
  5. [Baren 35192] Exchanges Update ("Maria Arango")
  6. [Baren 35193] Baren Member blogs: Update Notification (Blog Manager)
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Message 1
From: Tiberiu Chelcea
Date: Mon, 25 Feb 2008 08:04:44 -0800 (PST)
Subject: [Baren 35188] questions about stretching paper
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I have a couple of questions regarding stretching paper before printing on it. I've read that paper could be run through an intaglio press to pre-stretch it before soaking it, and this would help with registration. I've tried to do this, but was not able to notice any difference, and I'm wondering whether there was something wrong with what I did. I've done this on Khadi lightweight paper, which expands quite a lot when soaked.

Do I need to moist the paper before running it through the press? Would this be a closer approximation of the state during printing?

Also, the top roller of my press has ridges, which leaves very pronounced marks on the paper if I run it without any blankets. Would I be able to stretch the paper if I use a blanket on top to avoid these marks?

Thank you,
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Message 2
From: Charles Morgan
Date: Mon, 25 Feb 2008 08:45:29 -0800 (PST)
Subject: [Baren 35189] Re: questions about stretching paper
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By all means, dampen the paper first. To avoid roller marks, put the paper between two sheets of plexiglass and run the sandwich through your press ... you will need blankets to absorb any excess moisture. You may have to dry the paper, rewet, and run through the press a number of times to get it stretched as much as you want. The down side is that this will compress the paper, and you will lose some of the fluffiness and lovely surface texture.

Hope this helps ....

Cheers ...... Charles
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Message 3
From: Barbara Mason
Date: Mon, 25 Feb 2008 12:36:15 -0800 (PST)
Subject: [Baren 35190] Re: questions about stretching paper
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Use the blankets and stretch the paper sure
to use newsprint between the blankets and the paper to
keep the sizing off the blankets. Sizing will
eventually make blankets stiff and you will need to
wash them..,not something anyone wants to do.

It will make a difference, once run through the press
damp paper should not change shape until it dries,
then it will of course get smaller.

I think it will make a very slight difference dry if
you use it dry,but if you dampen it after it will
change shape every time. it is called calendaring the
paper, it is done commercially with heat but we just
use pressure. It is how they make the surface smoother
iin manufacturing but we are just pre stretching it.
my best to you
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Message 4
From: Carole Baker
Date: Mon, 25 Feb 2008 13:55:04 -0900
Subject: [Baren 35191] Re: Exchange 36 update
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Thanks to all of your who have responded to my requests for
confirmation that you are participating in the exchange. After
several attempts, I haven't been able to get confirmations from:

Joseph Kocenzak

Kathe Welch

Peter Kocak (wait list)

If any or all of you three see this, please, please let me know
whether or not you still want to be included on the list by
responding to

And if anyone has any contact with one or the other of these
bareners or have another email address, maybe you could let them
know or forward this to them.

Janice Hook has dropped out of the exchange and John Center is now in.

Remember, the drop-out deadline is April 1. If you must drop out,
please do so a early as possible in order to give people on the
waiting list time to complete and submit their prints.

I received my first set of prints from Ruth Leaf last week and mine
are drying. I'm hoping everybody is on there way to producing
wonderful prints.

Please don't hesitate to ask if you have any questions.

Carole Baker
coordinator for Baren Exchange 36
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Message 5
From: "Maria Arango"
Date: Mon, 25 Feb 2008 15:21:40 -0800
Subject: [Baren 35192] Exchanges Update
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Exchanges #32 and #33 are now online!

I've also added the coordinator's names on that exchange index page to give
credit to those of you who continually make Baren the excellent and active
group that it is. Cheers to all of you!

Exchange #34 completed and in the process of mailing

Exchange #35 getting the finishing touches

Exchange #36 sign up closed, one alternate already "promoted" and everyone
should be working on their prints. Deadline is May 1st.



PS the Great Baren Cairn is glued to a backing, all blocks leveled, ready to
proof but I had some unusually good sales at my ongoing exhibit and had to
dust off the mat-cutter (darn it, huh?). Will proof possibly next week early
and update the Cairn pages.

Maria Arango
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Message 6
From: Blog Manager
Date: 26 Feb 2008 04:55:34 -0000
Subject: [Baren 35193] Baren Member blogs: Update Notification
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This is an automatic update message being sent to [Baren] by the forum blog software.

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