Today's postings

  1. [Baren 44528] Re: rubber fonts? (key sevn)
  2. [Baren 44529] Re: ideas for drying rack needed ("Ramsey Household")
  3. [Baren 44530] Drying Racks (Carole Dwinell)
  4. [Baren 44531] Re: ideas for drying rack needed (Arthur Bacon)
  5. [Baren 44532] Baren Member blogs: Update Notification (Blog Manager)
  6. [Baren 44533] transferring images (Hannah Skoonberg)
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Message 1
From: key sevn
Date: Wed, 02 Nov 2011 22:50:47 GMT
Subject: [Baren 44528] Re: rubber fonts?
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diy ftw! :}}}

2011/11/2 key sevn

> wanna look at my first use of rubber fonts?
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Message 2
From: "Ramsey Household"
Date: Wed, 02 Nov 2011 23:07:16 GMT
Subject: [Baren 44529] Re: ideas for drying rack needed
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I had my husband make a cabinet on wheels. It fit the standard household screen size. He put rests for the screens on the inside. I just slide out the screens to put the prints one them. You can make it as tall as you wish. Leave about 4" to 6" between each screen for air circulation. Leave the front open. You don't need doors. It has a back and sides and a bottom and a top. You can use plywood for the cabinet, plain or pretty, whatever you wish. It works wonderfully well, and holds lots of prints.

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Message 3
From: Carole Dwinell
Date: Wed, 02 Nov 2011 23:45:41 GMT
Subject: [Baren 44530] Drying Racks
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Well, here's a link to my solution for drying racks -->>
Basically I wanted something I could 1. put away, 2. put in a
covered box to take to classes when I was printing and didn't want
to leave my work in the studio classroom, 3. it had to work with a
lid so the wind wouldn't blow away the prints when going from class
to car or get wet if it was raining. So the two by four that you see
in the photo fits inside a large storage box with a lid to truck
around. The stand up separator things are skewers. Cheap.

When I'm at home in my studio, it sits on a horizontal space
(rare ... but on occasion there's something like that) AND it takes
up very little space while those puppies dry. The first drying rack
photo shows me using the drying rack to sort some pages (hah, multi-
purpose tool!), the second and third photos are of my ATCs for
Exchange #50. I only have two 2" by 4"s, so all those little prints
had to dry in a three story 'apartment/department/dryer' thingie.
Sorry you have to look through all that letterpress stuff but the
photos went in the wrong folder. Anyway, very little space for
prints up to 9"x12" if the paper is fairly sturdy.

"Today is the day to DO it!"
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Message 4
From: Arthur Bacon
Date: Thu, 03 Nov 2011 00:53:40 GMT
Subject: [Baren 44531] Re: ideas for drying rack needed
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....another inexpensive, quick and dirty drying rack idea is one I still
use in my darkroom and have used at various other photo environments...I
mean, this is really crude, but very effective...measure the distance from
one wall of the room across to the other that amount (linear
feet) of nylon insect screen plus a foot or two extra. wrap six or ten
inches around a piece of wood, say a two by two and staple it down. Put two
hooks in each of the walls about seven feet up from the floor and next to
a wall....then attach the "hammock" screen to the walls with nylon cord or
bungie cord or whatever. You can make all this so it goes up and comes down
just when you need it or if you have a studio space, such as my darkroom, I
just leave it up. I would like to have some nice "cabinets" too sort of
like my old friend Ansel had but they TAKE UP SPACE. This hanging thing
does not take up one square foot of work space.
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Message 6
From: Hannah Skoonberg
Date: Thu, 03 Nov 2011 12:54:47 GMT
Subject: [Baren 44533] transferring images
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I have often used paper dusted with iron oxide powder dusted onto
newsprint. Iron oxide is nice because it works well for litho and it
doesn't effect the stone.
The cheap solution is rubbing the back of your image with a heavy graphite
8B. And yes a lot of these transfer materials WILL rub off as your work the
block. Especially if you are carving something slick like linoleum. You can
go over some of your lines in pen or sharpie if you need to. My solution is
to carve from one side to another (left to right because I'm a lefty)
without touching the block too much.

It is also useful to learn how to print out one large computer image across
several sheets of computer paper. Then tape them together.

my teacher mentioned that it would be possible to use cyanotype to transfer
photo images directly to a block. I haven't had success with this yet but I
would be interested to hear what the bareners think.

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Subject: American Pyramid
Posted by: Annie B

EyeSketchThe series about money that I'm currently working on, Loaded, is based on designs found on the back side of a U.S. one-dollar bill and I think it's safe to say that no examination of the symbols on the bill could ignore the Great Seal. Finalized in 1782, the Great Seal is basically the coat of arms of the United States and has appeared on coins, stamps, uniforms, passports and other government issued items. The "front" of the seal shows an eagle bearing a striped shield with the motto "e pluribus unum (out of many, one). The "back" of the seal, an image of an unfinished pyramid topped by "the Eye of Providence," is the image that I'll be working with for this next print.

On this pyramid side of the seal there appear two sets of Latin words. Above the Eye is written Annuit C?ptis, meaning "He approves (or has approved) [our] undertakings", and below the pyramid it says Novus Ordo Seclorum, which means "New Order of the Ages." The pyramid, which appears to be unfinished, has thirteen steps, representing the original thirteen states and the future growth of the country. The lowest level of the pyramid shows the year 1776 in Roman numerals. The Eye of Providence, like the pyramid, can be traced back to Egyptian mythology and the Eye of Horus, as well as Hindu and . . .
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Subject: Technical head-scratching. Please stand by.
Posted by: Sherrie Y

Not much left on this block!

There's some weirdness going on in Studio V.

Yesterday and today I put a few more colors down on the ibis linocut (we're up to 10 now), but it looks like the last two colors are going to need to wait a few days. I'm bumping up against some technical hiccups that I haven't encountered in a looonnnngggg time, and I'm not sure what to do except wait for everything to dry before moving on.

Bits of pink legs and bills, and lavender water. Good.

I've got me some fuzzies. And I don't mean the warm and cuddly kind. Remember I said a few days ago that I was experiencing a bit of paper-pulling from what I assumed was too-wet ink? I hoped it was that I didn't yet understand the temperature and humidity ambiance of a new space and just needed to let things set a couple of days longer than usual. Which I did.

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