Today's postings

  1. [Baren 41769] Re: Drying Shellac (Louise Cass)
  2. [Baren 41770] Re: Printmaking in Asia (Louise Cass)
  3. [Baren 41771] Re: New Baren Digest (Text) V52 #5333 (Aug 9, 2010) (Charles Morgan)
  4. [Baren 41772] Re: Drying Shellac (Darrell Madis)
  5. [Baren 41773] Re: Drying Shellac (Daniel Dew)
  6. [Baren 41774] Baren Member blogs: Update Notification (Blog Manager)
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Message 1
From: Louise Cass
Date: Mon, 09 Aug 2010 13:10:40 GMT
Subject: [Baren 41769] Re: Drying Shellac
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Darrell - what would you call 'old' shellac? I had a problem using
diluted shellac I'd stored in a jar for close to a year but figured the
unusual difficulty with drying was due to tremendous humidity we're
experiencing as even (oil) paintings and inks supposedly dry feel a bit
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Message 2
From: Louise Cass
Date: Mon, 09 Aug 2010 13:20:33 GMT
Subject: [Baren 41770] Re: Printmaking in Asia
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excuse another posting but of course he started by placing (not
throwing!) the plate on the paper -I watched the video hurriedly-
amazing how one can miss important details - the stepped up movements in
the video also made it a little difficult to analyze the actual foot
movements etc -
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Message 3
From: Charles Morgan
Date: Mon, 09 Aug 2010 14:43:53 GMT
Subject: [Baren 41771] Re: New Baren Digest (Text) V52 #5333 (Aug 9, 2010)
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Use of a "walking press" or "stomping press" is quite well known to nature
printers. Basically it is a board with a long leather flap attached at one end.
The flap is long enough to wrap around and under the back side of the board.
Paper is laid on the board, an inked specimen is placed on the paper. That is
covered by a waste sheet to avoid ink going everywhere, and then a layer of felt
is placed over all. Finally the leather flap is wrapped around the whole. It is
placed on the floor and one then uses bare feet to "walk" over the specimen,
feeling it with the toes and balls of the feet to press it well onto the paper.
Then the whole is unwrapped and the printed paper removed.

Details are in a book on nature printing, but I do not have the reference ready
to hand. I could dig it out if you really need it.

Cheers ..... Charles
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Message 4
From: Darrell Madis
Date: Mon, 09 Aug 2010 15:40:42 GMT
Subject: [Baren 41772] Re: Drying Shellac
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Shellac is always dated on the can.  Apparently some kind of chemical reaction continues in the can and when it gets old enough it refuses to dry completely, remaining sticky.  Fresh shellac dries very quickly because the alcohol solvent evaporates leaving nothing but the solids. 
If you need to remove the shellac that didn't dry properly you will probably have to scrub it off with shellac thinning alcohol--sold where shellac is sold.

Hope this helps.

Madis Arts
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Message 5
From: Daniel Dew
Date: Mon, 09 Aug 2010 15:42:47 GMT
Subject: [Baren 41773] Re: Drying Shellac
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So that's why! Thank you very, very much!

Daniel Dew

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Subject: Almost there
Posted by: Andrew Stone

Well, while I didn't get into the studio as much as I'd have liked--I managed to get these proofs done today and I'm pretty happy. I carved all day Sunday. Trimmed paper and printed these color proofs today. There is still some tidying up to do. The thin tie stripes need to be cut back a bit at the bottom to match the color tie block but we are almost there.
There will still be some surprise. It would be too boring for me to know exactly where this will end up--I'll be printing on Nishinouchi, an warm, off-white, slightly newsprinty paper that will change the colors somewhat. And I won't really decide until I'm sitting down with the bowls and colors in front of me which one I'll do. But I've only cut 25 pieces of paper so there will probably be another run and that will allow another color.
The biggest challenge still is the blood spot. It has three colors/impressions and it's still not right.

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