Today's postings

  1. [Baren 36317] Re: New Baren Digest (HTML) V44 #4453 (Aug 2, 2008) (Marilynn Smith)
  2. [Baren 36318] next silly question -- paper (David Harrison)
  3. [Baren 36319] Re: next silly question -- paper (Shawn + Elizabeth Newton)
  4. [Baren 36320] Re: Year of the Rat--finally! ("steffan ziegler")
  5. [Baren 36321] Cairn ("M Pereira")
  6. [Baren 36322] for Sharen Linders ("Oscar Bearinger")
  7. [Baren 36323] Exchanges update (yes, again!) ("Maria Arango")
  8. [Baren 36324] Re: next silly question -- paper (Scholes Graham)
  9. [Baren 36325] Baren Member blogs: Update Notification (Blog Manager)
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Message 1
From: Marilynn Smith
Date: Sat, 2 Aug 2008 08:38:32 -0700
Subject: [Baren 36317] Re: New Baren Digest (HTML) V44 #4453 (Aug 2, 2008)
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Just one more quick comment on printing plates with fine lines. My
year of the rat card had some fine lines. I tried printing it damp
and found dry worked better. Also, The paper I used had a texture and
it worked fine. Several mentioned using smooth paper and perhaps that
is best, but the texture worked great for this plate.
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Message 2
From: David Harrison
Date: Sat, 02 Aug 2008 19:59:52 +0100
Subject: [Baren 36318] next silly question -- paper
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Thanks again for the wealth of advice on inking a block with some shallow bits.

One more thing I'd love to know. I have to take a lot of paper down to size --
I gather the best way is wetting a line and tearing against a straightedge.

Should I:

a) print on slightly oversize paper and re-trim afterwards? or
b) trim the paper to chuban size before printing?

Does it make any difference?

I'm a little worried about aligning it all properly as I have a thick wood
block (~3/4") and at 8x6" image size there's not much room for error!

Why do learning experiences have to be so durn hard? :-)


David H
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Message 3
From: Shawn + Elizabeth Newton
Date: Sat, 2 Aug 2008 12:29:58 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: [Baren 36319] Re: next silly question -- paper
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i don't wet my paper, i just use a metal straight edge (ruler or yardstick) and tear quickly. practice on some scraps. i ruined a few pieces doing that at first. it's easy though and looks good in my opinion. gives it a deckled edge.
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Message 4
From: "steffan ziegler"
Date: Sat, 2 Aug 2008 14:00:42 -0700
Subject: [Baren 36320] Re: Year of the Rat--finally!
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I still have mine to send. They're printed, addressed, and ready to go,
just gotta seal all the envelopes, which for some reason seems to be taking
me two weeks.
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Message 5
From: "M Pereira"
Date: Sat, 2 Aug 2008 18:42:10 -0300
Subject: [Baren 36321] Cairn
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Dear Maria Arango

My Cairn arrived today....
I have no words thank you and
to say it is marvelous
I have never suspected that I could
someday participate of a international
work of Art...and the Cairn is too too
It's a great honour for me to be
with a group of artists like you all.
Maria Arango you're the best.
I like very much what you said in the
colophon, when you answer your question
why did you engage in such amount of work:
"because I can"...haha...great!!!!
Thank you, thank you. I always read
the engravers here when they post their
thanks and their commentaries...and I
feel the same as all. Forgive me if I have
not the right words in English...but it is
above all I could ever imagine.
Congratulations to Maria and to all the participantes
and to me too for being with you.
thank you.
I want to be in your next project .
Best wishes
Murilo Antonio pereira, florianopolis, santa catarina,
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Message 6
From: "Oscar Bearinger"
Date: Sat, 2 Aug 2008 19:11:57 -0400
Subject: [Baren 36322] for Sharen Linders
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dear bareners, please forgive me,
alas, Sharen, my emails again are being "refused" by comcast...
if unresolved in a week or so I guess I will mail a letter - but I have been writing -- and even asking "pressing questions"...
this is just to let you know.

thanks, everyone
(I have rec'd yours BTW)
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Message 7
From: "Maria Arango"
Date: Sat, 2 Aug 2008 17:08:16 -0700
Subject: [Baren 36323] Exchanges update (yes, again!)
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37/37a Prints in from:


Diane Cutter

Alex Orgren

Bridget Pilip

Andy English

Barbara Carr

Frank Trueba

Richard Stockham

Exchange 38 sign up will close at the end of this weekend. The exchange is
full with 3 waitlisters.

Coordinator to be announced very shortly.


Maria Arango
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Message 8
From: Scholes Graham
Date: Sat, 2 Aug 2008 20:11:36 -0700
Subject: [Baren 36324] Re: next silly question -- paper
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Your paper should be cut to the size you want before printing.

On wetting Paper......
This depends on the kind of paper your are using for your print.
I assume you are doing moku hanga. If you are using a good quality
hosho paper....
made from the mulberry (least expensive - most common) or gampi (more
expensive tougher than mulberry) or mitsimata (the most expensive and
toughest), then you CANNOT wet the paper first. It will not tear
with a hoot..... These papers must be dry to get them to tear.

If you are using Cotton papers not a problem to wet the tear line in
the paper but I personally donít see the need for this.

Tearing along a straightedge is OK but you donít get as good a decal
edge on the paper.
I have a piece of thin steal .... drywall metal outside corner....
that has be roughed up with a grindstone and this give the paper a
decal edge to die for, that is equal to the natural edge on hand made
Japanese paper.

If you need more direction.... go look at my site.

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Message 9
From: Blog Manager
Date: 3 Aug 2008 03:55:47 -0000
Subject: [Baren 36325] 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. (51 sites checked, five minutes before midnight Eastern time)


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Author: Ellen Shipley
Item: Windsor Newton Artisan Water Mixable Oils


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Author: Viza Arlington
Item: three pears / first way


Site Name: Amy Stoner's Fine Art Blog

Author: Amy Stoner
Item: Happy 10th Anniversary....a month late


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