Today's postings

  1. [Baren 44088] Re: Widening, expanding rainbow roll - possible? (Viza Arlington)
  2. [Baren 44089] Re: edition storage etc (ArtfulCarol #
  3. [Baren 44090] Re: Widening, expanding rainbow roll - possible? (Sharri LaPierre)
  4. [Baren 44091] Re: Widening, expanding rainbow roll - possible? (Viza Arlington)
  5. [Baren 44092] Re: Widening, expanding rainbow roll - possible? (Phil Hillmer)
  6. [Baren 44093] Re: Widening, expanding rainbow roll - possible? (Viza Arlington)
  7. [Baren 44094] adhesives - spreading trick and SCMC info (Jane Cloutier)
  8. [Baren 44095] Baren Member blogs: Update Notification (Blog Manager)
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Message 1
From: Viza Arlington
Date: Thu, 01 Sep 2011 19:38:49 GMT
Subject: [Baren 44088] Re: Widening, expanding rainbow roll - possible?
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Phil are you trying to roll an rainbow roll in a shape similar to the
atari logo? If so that seems like it would be very difficult. if you
are able to achieve that shape with the feather roll tech it seems
like you would still need another large diameter roller to get it from
the slab to the block.
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Message 2
From: ArtfulCarol #
Date: Thu, 01 Sep 2011 20:24:05 GMT
Subject: [Baren 44089] Re: edition storage etc
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I keep woodblock prints stacked in a pile in Clear Bags in a special
closet. Organization is a work in progress...
Numbering is a way of identifying and does not have to do with order of my
hand- printed works.
The carved shina blocks are stored on end. I hardly ever go back to work
on the blocks again because I'm eager to develop another idea. I see no

Carol Lyons
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Message 3
From: Sharri LaPierre
Date: Thu, 01 Sep 2011 21:35:51 GMT
Subject: [Baren 44090] Re: Widening, expanding rainbow roll - possible?
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1. Buy a bigger flat file. I found mine on Craig's list for almost
nothing. They (3 of them) accommodate larger sheets. I think they
may be the Orange Monster sisters to Maria's Green Monster. However,
mine have stayed orange...

2. Phil, try spreading the ink directly on the roller. Place each
color where you want it. Put a line of color at approx. 1/4 of the
way around the roller. Then roll out lifting at the end of each pass
until the edges are blended. When you need to replenish the ink do
the same thing again. Very easy and easy to control. I seldom place
the ink on the palette anymore - only if I'm mixing a particular color
or modifying etching inks. There is a lot less waste when you ink the
roller directly.

Cheers ~
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Message 4
From: Viza Arlington
Date: Thu, 01 Sep 2011 21:38:26 GMT
Subject: [Baren 44091] Re: Widening, expanding rainbow roll - possible?
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You could try to print this element as a monotype on a separate
block/piece of plex or instead of trying roll it out on a slab and
then onto the block.
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Message 5
From: Phil Hillmer
Date: Thu, 01 Sep 2011 21:48:20 GMT
Subject: [Baren 44092] Re: Widening, expanding rainbow roll - possible?
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yeah that's pretty much similar to the shape I am trying to roll out, not
exact but very similar.

yeah I am finding it is quite difficult, I think I am just going to have to
feather into the middle color from the side colors and have the outer edges
of the outer colors straight not curved and uniform seams throughout if I
roll it out on one layer.

I can approximate the curve but always seen to lose control of the ink, the
only other way I can think of doing this on one layer is to actually paint
the shape on the block (I'm working in oils) but that leaves it looking

I think the only way to get the shape I want is to print three layers,
bottom color would be one outer edge of the rainbow with just one color and
tint base on edge of rainbow, middle layer would be a rainbow roll of one
color with transparent edges on both sides using tint base extender on edges
and the top layer fading into the middle color again with with a tint base
rainbow roll of again one color with tint base on one side. I think its the
only way I can get repeatable results. I will give it a try...
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Message 6
From: Viza Arlington
Date: Thu, 01 Sep 2011 22:07:15 GMT
Subject: [Baren 44093] Re: Widening, expanding rainbow roll - possible?
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Check out these Karen Kunc workshop videos. I think it might help she
demos curving rainbow rolls using small rollers directly on the
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Message 7
From: Jane Cloutier
Date: Fri, 02 Sep 2011 00:32:16 GMT
Subject: [Baren 44094] adhesives - spreading trick and SCMC info
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Hi -

I thought this might be of interest to some in the group -

Recently I went to a workshop on adhesives at Hollanders in Ann Arbor,
Michigan. The instructor was Cathleen Baker, the senior paper
conservator for the University of Michigan library, and author of an
authoritative book on conservation techniques.

She spoke mostly about an adhesive called sodium
carboxylmethylcellulose (SCMC). This is in the same family of
adhesives as methyl cellulose (MC), which is probably more familiar to
many of you. MC is used when binding books by hand to make the
stronger PVA glue more "flowable" and slower drying. Both SCMC and MC
are non-toxic. They are sold as dry powder which is then mixed with

SCMC can be mixed with water and then stored for a long time with no
risk of going moldy. It is a stronger adhesive than MC, suitable for
all but the more stressful situations such as where a book's cover
hinges to the spine and keeps getting folded back and forth. And -
what really intrigues me - it is not "wet". That is, when spread on
paper, it does not release water into the paper, so you don't have a
problem with the paper expanding and then shrinking as the adhesive
dries. That also means does not bleed through and discolor the paper.

Here's a link to Cathleen's online article that goes into detail on
the properties and uses of SCMC and MC:

The only place I know of to buy SCMC is Hollanders, though I'm sure
there are plenty of other places. Here's the Hollanders link:

Her technique for spreading adhesive in a thin, even film requires a
sheet of Mylar, just slightly roughed up with sandpaper, a piece of
fiberglass window screen, a piece of Reemay (non-woven fabric), and a
shower squeegee. She demonstrated using a 4 % solution of SCMC, about
the consistency of a stiff jelly.

First she placed the Mylar on the table and laid the screen on top.
Then, dipping it out with a wooden tongue depressor, she put blobs of
SCMC on the screen. She spread those out smoothly with the shower
squeegee to coat the Mylar evenly. Then she removed the screen. (It
can be rinsed and reused.) She placed the paper to be coated down on
the Mylar with the good side up, the to-be-glued side down on the
SCMC. She covered that with the Reemay to protect the paper, and,
first cleaning off the squeegee, used the squeegee again to press the
paper down evenly into the SCMC. Then she removed the Reemay.

At this point, she lets it dry, then peels the Mylar off the paper.
The Mylar can be wiped and reused. The dry, adhesive-coated paper can
be stored like this indefinitely. When she wants to use it, she wets
the adhesive side with a fine mist from a spray mister until it's
sticky again, and applies it as needed.

You can also use the glued paper immediately. For that use, she
recommends placing the paper face down on the Mylar with the screen
over it, and squeegeeing the SCMC through the screen onto the paper.
Then remove the screen, lift off the paper, and stick the paper where
it needs to be fastened.

I hope this wasn't too long, and that someone will find it useful.

And - I'm finished carving and proofing, and starting to print for Exchange #50!

Jane C

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Postings made on [Baren] members' blogs
over the past 24 hours ...

Subject: God
Posted by: Annie B


Japanese-method woodblock (moku hanga)
Image size: 21" x 35" (53 x 89 cm)
Paper size: 25" x 38.5" (63.5 x 98 cm)
1 shina plywood block
13 hand-rubbed color layers
Paper: Shikoku White
Edition: 9

Based on a much enlarged section of the back of a one dollar bill.

Honey bees have fascinated human beings for millenia. The honeybee, honey and hives are emblems of sweetness, wealth, and industry. Like us, bees have elaborate societies, they work hard, and like us they are suffering from strange maladies in this century. These creatures, who sting and yet are able to transform beauty into sweetness using their own bodies, have been cited in religious texts for thousands of years. Here's a small sampling of the ways that bees and honey have been linked to God in various traditions.

The decrees of the LORD are firm, and all of them are righteous. They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold; they are sweeter than honey, than honey from the honeycomb. (Bible, Psalms 19:9-10)

Have you found honey? Eat only what you need, that you not have it in excess and vomit it. (Bible, Proverbs 25:16)

Your Lord revealed to the bees: "Build dwellings in the mountains and the trees, and also in the structures which men erect. Then eat from every kind of fruit and travel the paths of your Lord, . . .
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This item is taken from the blog woodblock dreams.
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Subject: Back to linocutting
Posted by: Sherrie Y

Yippee! I'm back to work... at least temporarily. The small linocut I started last week with the new "mini jig" is intended for use as a reduction printing demonstration, so today I got it to the point at which I can show both carving and printing steps in the allotted program time. The mini jig, most of my carving tools, ink knife, block and ink are now bundled into a box to be shipped to the demonstration venue tomorrow. It's perhaps a day or two earlier than I need to ship everything, but better safe than sorry, I always say.

It felt good to be carving and printing today, although after all last week in the car and all day yesterday at the computer I found myself struggling with neck and shoulder issues. (sigh) Good thing tomorrow is Fieldwork Friday again, eh?

This item is taken from the blog Brush and Baren.
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