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  1. [Baren 36083] Baren Member blogs: Update Notification (Blog Manager)
  2. [Baren 36084] Re: Stencils ... and Eric Gill (Andy English)
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From: Blog Manager
Date: 27 Jun 2008 03:55:44 -0000
Subject: [Baren 36083] 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. (49 sites checked, five minutes before midnight Eastern time)


Site Name: mLee Fine Art

Author: Marissa L. Swinghammer
Item: Work!


Site Name: The Itinerant Artist

Author: Diane Cutter


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Message 2
From: Andy English
Date: Fri, 27 Jun 2008 09:27:57 +0100 (BST)
Subject: [Baren 36084] Re: Stencils ... and Eric Gill
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I have used stencils on occasion. I did add a single colour to a print using pochoir but was not really happy with the result and would use a second woodblock, vinyl or linoleum to do this now.

Where I have used stencils more successfully is to ink a section of a block through a stencil so that I can print just that small area. I normally do this if I am engraving a block and want to see how a small portion of it will look without inking the whole thing - I do like to get most of the cutting done before proofing so I can see the relationship between light and dark more easily as the image emerges.

Pochoir has been - and still is - used with stunning effect - in the world of fine and handmade books. I have some of the facsimiles of William Blake's books that were made by the Trianon Press in Paris in the 1960s/70s. The original plate was reproduced by gelatin collotype and Blake's own colouring recreated by numerous watercolour washes through zinc stencils. The results are stunning,

It is always good to see references to that wonderful old goat Eric Gill. I greatly recommend Fiona McCarthy's biography if you want to follow his (very full) life. I adore his work, especially his nudes and bookplates and have slowly built up a portfolio of his engravings as and when I could find them cheaply.

I have just returned from a fairly long trip through France where we visited many of the marvelous gothic cathedrals. The carved stonework of the the gothic influenced both Gill and Blake and one can see the foundations of much of their engravings by glancing up at ancient walls.



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