Today's postings

  1. [Baren 35999] Another vote for simplicity (Tom Kristensen)
  2. [Baren 36000] Nontoxic Transfer (Lana Lambert)
  3. [Baren 36001] Re: New Baren Digest (HTML) V43 #4396 (Jun 16, 2008) (Marilynn Smith)
  4. [Baren 36002] Re: New Baren Digest (HTML) V43 #4396 (Jun 16, 2008) (CJChapel)
  5. [Baren 36003] Martucci Woodblock site corrected (ArtfulCarol #
  6. [Baren 36004] Photocopy ("M Pereira")
  7. [Baren 36005] Re: Photocopy (peart #
  8. [Baren 36006] Baren Member blogs: Update Notification (Blog Manager)
  9. [Baren 36007] Re: Photocopy ("M Pereira")
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Message 1
From: Tom Kristensen
Date: Mon, 16 Jun 2008 23:31:56 +1000
Subject: [Baren 35999] Another vote for simplicity
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This being the Baren forum I think it is good to sometimes touch on
the Japanese methods. These do not traditionally involve oily inks,
solvents, hand cleaners nor indeed any new fan-dangled printing
presses. I think these things do in fact lead one to produce work
that looks and smells quite different to moku hanga.

Still, I do employ a computer and I do use my ink-jet printer to make
hanshita images. It is so simple and effective and yes, practically
poison free. No point me repeating Dave's recipe, but I will point
out that all you need is a computer with printer, some standard
printing paper, any standard tissue wrapping paper, and a can of
spray adhesive (OK a little bit of solvent in the can). You do not
need a laser printer, an ink-jet printer is fine. ( I have a Cannon
i9950 A3 printer). You will need to peel your hanshita after printing
it out and flip it over, that way the water soluble ink-jet inks do
not run when the hanshita meets the glue on the block. No need to rub
back any paper to expose the lines, the crisp lines are sitting there
face up just as they were printed by the computer. I use gum arabic
to glue down the hanshita but the nori also works, just make sure to
use the minimum to give the block a tacky feel.

Now back to the discussion of organic chemistry and occupational
health and safety.

Tom Downunder
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Message 2
From: Lana Lambert
Date: Mon, 16 Jun 2008 07:11:18 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: [Baren 36000] Nontoxic Transfer
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Shrug off your toxic solvents and unite! Does no one use carbon leaf anymore? You can even use red iron oxide adhered to tracing paper with gum arabic if you are (cheap like me!) sensitive to that. I usually work from sketches though and retracing gives me another opportunity to change things before carving. It is a little more tedious though.

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Message 3
From: Marilynn Smith
Date: Mon, 16 Jun 2008 08:44:25 -0700
Subject: [Baren 36001] Re: New Baren Digest (HTML) V43 #4396 (Jun 16, 2008)
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Hi, I am with Maria, I usually draw directly on my plate. I have
also printed out my image and traced it on using white carbon transfer
paper. I do not mind if the image changes as I carve, it becomes more
mine and more original. I almost never use photos, I use scans or
pictures of sketches or watercolors, some times. Since they are going
from one medium to another it does not bother me that the image
changes when I carve it. Also, it is fun to just sit with a block and
let it lead the way, no drawing at all, just let your mind work with
it. That way there are no nasty solvents and it certainly is faster
than transferring images. I am terrible at matching in colors for key
blocks and multiple colors. I either do a reduction print or a design
that does not need to be precise. I threw away all toxic chemicals
back in 1988 or 89. I was an oil painter and the turps were just too
strong, so I switched to watercolor and now printmaking. My studio
contains no toxic chemicals that I am aware of. Unless baby wipes are
toxic. I would like to try Marias' method for transferring a key block
image when doing multiple colors. I am just too free wheeling to stay
within the lines, so I doubt it would suit my nature! I like to watch
things happen, evolve.

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Message 4
From: CJChapel
Date: Mon, 16 Jun 2008 08:56:53 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: [Baren 36002] Re: New Baren Digest (HTML) V43 #4396 (Jun 16, 2008)
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For transferring photocopies to wood or soft blocks I use "Baby Wipes" or whatever those pre-moistened handy wipes are called. Charles says this doesn't work for him but here's what I do.

Moisten the surface to be transfered ON to. Do not moisten your photocopy. Put the photocopy face down on your block and burnish the back of the copy. It works for me. It works better with laser toner than with ink jet, but both work. I'm assuming it is non-toxic. :-)

good luck,
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Message 5
From: ArtfulCarol #
Date: Mon, 16 Jun 2008 13:33:18 EDT
Subject: [Baren 36003] Martucci Woodblock site corrected
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This should clarify the problem some of you are having.

When copied on the List some of the copies of this site came through with
additional marks like this_ or_ this at the beginning or end, and perhaps
this ( or ) this. I didn't type them there. Just remove those marks.
Then the site of Martucci Gallery woodblock prints should open.

Hope this works for those who e-mailed me about it.

Carol L.
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Message 6
From: "M Pereira"
Date: Mon, 16 Jun 2008 19:11:34 -0300
Subject: [Baren 36004] Photocopy
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Hello All Bareners
forgive my English

about Photocopy

wee, I am asking any barener to SEND ME a photocopy of a selfportrait...for
a work in progress...
thank you

second Photocopy
artist Steve teached to transfer with
an "Essential oil" you buy in
manufacturation pharmacy.

Arredd to sendo the photocopyed self portrait:

Sr Murilo Pereira
Rua Almirante Lamego, 870/405
Florianópolis - SC - Brasil

thank you

best wishes

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Message 7
From: peart #
Date: Mon, 16 Jun 2008 23:55:13 +0000
Subject: [Baren 36005] Re: Photocopy
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Do you want photocopy of a photograph or do you want a photocopy of a painted self-portrait?
Can we send you a digital image instead of a photocopy?
Would love to help you out and hear more about your project.
West Seattle
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Message 8
From: Blog Manager
Date: 17 Jun 2008 03:55:24 -0000
Subject: [Baren 36006] 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. (48 sites checked, five minutes before midnight Eastern time)


Site Name: Artist Printmaker on line

Author: ainesse
Item: Agony in the Garden ( well Garage actually)


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Message 9
From: "M Pereira"
Date: Tue, 17 Jun 2008 09:46:30 -0300
Subject: [Baren 36007] Re: Photocopy
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thanks for answer
good; well, I want a photocopy
of selfportrait - I would think
a photocopy from a selfportrait print.
And I want the paper, not the digital image.
But can be a photocopy of a diitial print of course.
I hope you can undeerstand what I said...
thanks you
best wishes
murilo from floripa, brazil.