Today's postings

  1. [Baren 44503] Latest print ("Harry French")
  2. [Baren 44504] Re: Large image transfer to the woodblock (Clive Lewis)
  3. [Baren 44505] cobalt dryer (Guadalupe Victorica)
  4. [Baren 44506] woods/clean up ("bobcatpath #")
  5. [Baren 44507] Re: wood textures- sosaku manga (Julio.Rodriguez #
  6. [Baren 44508] Baren Member blogs: Update Notification (Blog Manager)
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Message 1
From: "Harry French"
Date: Mon, 31 Oct 2011 13:53:32 GMT
Subject: [Baren 44503] Latest print
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Greetings Bareners,
Every year we travel to Berlin for a cousin’s birthday bash and spend a pleasant afternoon strolling up and down the Kürfurstendamm, shopping, eating and people watching. Over the past few years street organists have held a festival right in the centre. My sketchbook immediately goes into overdrive at this rare event. Many of the sketches are transposed into wood prints. I have uploaded my latest one to my web space that includes the original sketches. It shows how much deviation there is from the original design to the print, including my lifetime inability to remember to reverse the design before cutting!
All the best,
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Message 2
From: Clive Lewis
Date: Mon, 31 Oct 2011 14:43:19 GMT
Subject: [Baren 44504] Re: Large image transfer to the woodblock
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Luc, if you make a photocopy of your original, spray, very lightly,
d-Limonin (the oil from orange peels that's sold as a cleaning agent) onto
the block, place your print face down and run the press over the plate you
can transfer very fine detail. You might want to practice on a small print
to get the pressure & amount of d-limonin correct. Not all copiers use the
same ink and you might need to try copies from different machines. Laser
printer ink on glossy stock works much the same but uses only a fine
misting of water. It doesn't show up quite as dark, though, and rubs off
when you clean the plate up.


>Has anyone a hint or a suggestion how to transfer large format images to
>the woodblock? The images are fine detailed.
>Many thanks,
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Message 3
From: Guadalupe Victorica
Date: Mon, 31 Oct 2011 15:30:47 GMT
Subject: [Baren 44505] cobalt dryer
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Thank you for your comments. The cobalt dryer alert is so impressive and scary. I have seen it in studios here where young people work. I am amazed!!!!!!Saludos, Guadalupe

Fourth International Prints for Peace 2011, Third International Printmaking Collective 2011
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Message 4
From: "bobcatpath #"
Date: Mon, 31 Oct 2011 17:50:57 GMT
Subject: [Baren 44506] woods/clean up
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hello bareners

RE: wood type for carving side grain woodcut
my all time favorite is YELLOW CEDAR which may be available to those on northwest coast
it carves like butter ,does not splinter
PINE is easy tp carve but tends to splinter
MAPLE is great not too hard ,holds detail well
POPLAR (often called "white wood" in catalogs) is soft and easy to carve, holds detail pretty well
FIR PLYWOOD is excellent for showing grain and carves better that you would expect
MAHOGANY and TEAK veneers (found on ships model blocks) are easy to carve and hold detail
and show their grain

i have been using CRISCO instead of liquid cooking oil to clean up
much less messy

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Message 5
From: Julio.Rodriguez #
Date: Mon, 31 Oct 2011 18:50:26 GMT
Subject: [Baren 44507] Re: wood textures- sosaku manga
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" I am trying to find information about the technique but have not been
very successful. What I find very appealing is that many different
textures can appear on a single print (showing dofferent directions, etc),
which suggests to me that many different pieces of wood may be necessary,
even if for a very small part of the whole print."

Hi Laura....

These are the type of prints that first attracted me to printmaking. There
are a few books written back in the 1960's that examine the techniques
used by the sosaku-hanga artists of the period, check out the link below.
I have several of the titles listed, specially "Contemporary Printmaking
in Japan" has separate chapters for each artist in the book with many b&w
photos......the prices seem high so shop around, check out your local
library or inter-library loan if available....

good luck.... Julio

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Subject: Studio construction update: Nov 1
Posted by: Dave Bull

A full day of construction work today, continued from last night. Here's the printing alcove, with the normal gear all cleaned out of the way, and a long brace visible ...

It's holding up a long stringer that is being glued into place on the ceiling. (This is the area that was originally outside. Before I took out the doors and built this alcove this was the balcony.)

Sheets of insulated board will be glued onto these concrete faces, with a vapor sheet to cover, then light slats being tacked on top.

The main job today though, was to get as much of the main insulating done as possible. I cracked open a new package of fiberglass:

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Subject: The Samoe
Posted by: Linda

I am playing catch up with posting things from back in June in Japan.  Life gets busy....

While at the International Moku Hanga Conference in Kyoto, several of us noted that the Japanese printers and carvers where wearing a really nice "smock" while they worked.  Because I was staying longer after the conference I decided to see if I could find one for myself and another printmaker who wanted one.

I looked in several shops but I didn't even know what it was called so had a hard time locating one. 
Takiyuki and Tomoko
When I got to Higashiomi I was very fortunate to stay with 2 artists, Tomoko and Takiyuki, in their family home for 3 days.  They were gracious enough to take me to many sights in the area including Hikone Castle, Shigaraki, and several waterfalls.
I asked Tomoko if she might know of a shop where I could find one of these smocks.  "Oh!  You want a samoe."  She took a long time thinking about it and then said I need to go see the seamstress. I would not find one of good quality in a shop. She proceeded to make a phone call and set up an appointment.
We set out thru the narrow streets and alleys until we came to the home of the seamstress. 
Let me just insert here that I had noticed thru my time in Japan that I was not just taller than most women but I was an Amazon!  I've never been, let's say, petite.  Here I was huge! 
I was still surprised when the first words out of the seamstress's mouth when she saw me were, "So BIG!!!"
You can see by the pictures that I towered over her!  I had to bend down just so she could take measurements and hold the tape measure for her at my neck!  There was a whole conversation going on that I didn't understand but got that she was not used to sewing for someone of my size.  A lot of laughter between us all!  Now I understood why I wouldn't find one of "good quality" in a shop.  She knew I'd never find one that fit me!

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Subject: Second Plate of "Shiny Things" Completed

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