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  1. [Baren 40354] Re: New Baren Digest (HTML) V50 (Conor Moe)
  2. [Baren 40355] Re: New Baren Digest (HTML) V50 (Peter Smith)
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Message 1
From: Conor Moe
Date: Tue, 05 Jan 2010 06:37:19 GMT
Subject: [Baren 40354] Re: New Baren Digest (HTML) V50
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Thank you everybody for your welcomes and help. I was very tired when I
wrote my original post and reading it now it's definitely confusing.
To make it clearer I got an imageshack account and put up the last print I
had problems with and two images of the one im starting next.
That's the link it's giving me so hopefully it works. If not my username
there is cmoe56.

The problem that shows what I was trying to say on the taco bell print was
printing the yellow first, starting from just the key design on the color
block. I didn't have a brayer small enough not to get into the trees or
parking lot. I was using some tape borders on the easier parts and after
rolling wiping whatever ink went where I didn't want it to. It worked but
was just messy and would take up a lot of time in a bigger edition and it
could be worse than that example.

Marylin - Sorry for the confusing description. I think I was trying to
describe both the problem with the yellow taco bell and a different problem
that showed up later. Thanks for the advice on inks, it's one of those
common sense things that I wonder how I never thought about after I've heard

CJ - Thank you, I will check them out tonight

Lana and Patti - The stencil idea sounds like the perfect thing. I don't
know how I spend so much time around people using stencils on all different
things and I then forget about them. I was tearing off individual pieces of
tape after inking and still having to wipe it off and having to carefully
place the pieces back. Very slow, I kept thinking hmm there must be a better
way to do this that I just don't know about. I'm going to blame that one on
finals. And printmaking fumes. The stencil brush also is a good idea I think
I'll try.
The shellac - the way they taught me to do transfers was after printing the
key onto the second block to brush talc over the wood and then use a big
brush to paint on shellac to protect the image. I also started doing it out
of habit because I was using cheap wood and the shellac would help seal it
so it wouldn't chip as much when cutting against the grain. I think the
problem I was thinking of (which now wouldn't be a problem at all using a
stencil) was if I wanted to seal part of the image but leave another open
(like the sky) so that I could keep the grain showing through. I was
thinking that wiping off extra ink wouldn't be a problem on a sealed surface
but if it got onto the bare wood it would be hard to get off and might show
up on the print.

Eli - That sounds an interesting way to do it. I'm going to look up the

Thanks again everybody for all the good suggestions and the welcomes

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Message 2
From: Peter Smith
Date: Tue, 05 Jan 2010 07:12:10 GMT
Subject: [Baren 40355] Re: New Baren Digest (HTML) V50
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I may be missing something here Conor but why don't you just cut a paper mask to cover the areas of the block that you don't want to print?


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Subject: Typography Block Sketch
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This is for the typography exchange, but it is also for a long-standing project to depict early printmaking in the 15th century. I'm planning to do William's knighting scroll and this is one possibility for the artwork.

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