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Subject: Tech Talk About Printed George
Posted by: Annie B

This print will have a lot fewer color applications than most of the prints I make. It looks like there will be just five layers. The first three were background layers -- a yellow and then a couple of layers of brown along the edges, making a kind of circular bokashi (fade).


Onto this base I then printed the fourth layer, the George Washington block. I wanted the darker corners of the background to push his facial features forward a little.


One more layer to go.

Technically, this has been a hard piece to print. All of the money prints have been hard to print, actually, just because they're so large. Registration is difficult at this size and there's a lot of paper expansion as moisture gets added with successive overprintings.

There have been some issues with the paper I chose as well. My favorite paper for moku hanga has been Echizen Kozo from McClain's, but it costs between $27-$30 per sheet. I've used 50 sheets for these 5 prints, which would have cost me between $1350 and $1500 if I had used the Echizen Kozo. I couldn't afford it! Plus, McClain's has been out of stock on the Echizen Kozo for several months.

So I tried Shikoku White from Hiromi Paper, at $5.75 per sheet. This paper is a machine-made blend of pulp, kozo and hemp. It's great for the dollar bill series because it feels kind of like cotton, a little the way currency feels. It takes ink well, stands up to the baren, and the inks stay bright even when the paper dries, but there's one drawback: the Shikoku White has had a tendency to wrinkle and/or become wavy as I work with it. Here's a photo from the Prominent Printmakers show that just opened in New Hampshire:

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Subject: City Block - Faux Print
Posted by: Ellen Shipley

Here we go.  Bill did the "laying on of hands" that always fixes my computer (mind you I did the same thing he did -- reseated a plug -- but I don't have the proper faith in computers that he does).  So my scanner is now working again and I can make a faux print (i.e., a black & white, mirrored image of the block to see what a print might look like).

Ok, now all I have to do is get a local paper to wrap it up in (part of the requirement) and then send it winging off to the City of the World Puzzle Project.

This item is taken from the blog Pressing-Issues.
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Subject: Two-T states in the US
Posted by: Maria

Lynne Hubner from McKinney Texas USA says this about her city block:
Looking upwards to the trees, the buildings and sky our winged neighbors provide us with Good Fortune(Magpie), Peace(Dove), and Knowledge(Owl).

And Margaret Krakowiak in Nashville Tennessee USA sends this heart-felt contribution (you can almost hear them purring):

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This item is taken from the blog MCPP Puzzle Prints.
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