Today's postings

  1. [Baren 45550] Marylinn comment (Guadalupe Victorica)
  2. [Baren 45551] White line woodblock printing (Bonnie Samuel)
  3. [Baren 45552] Re: White line woodblock printing (Barbara Mason)
  4. [Baren 45553] Re: White line woodblock printing (Graham Scholes)
  5. [Baren 45554] Re: White line woodblock printing (l k)
  6. [Baren 45555] Re: stencils again (Shireen Holman)
  7. [Baren 45556] Baren Member blogs: Update Notification (Blog Manager)
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Message 1
From: Guadalupe Victorica
Date: Thu, 31 May 2012 14:12:08 GMT
Subject: [Baren 45550] Marylinn comment
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I like this. Don't block art and life for money Thank you
Marylinn.In my case is local recognition also.

I just realized that I spend much time preparing
my art for local calls that there is a 50/50 chance I will get accepted. I
cannot stop wishing local venues will exhibit my work , when there are tons of
other places to exhibit.

after reading this, I am going to dedicate the time to do art no matter who
likes it or not.

take care, Guadalupe
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Message 2
From: Bonnie Samuel
Date: Thu, 31 May 2012 16:03:19 GMT
Subject: [Baren 45551] White line woodblock printing
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Hi- I'm attempting some white line woodblock prints. The one pictured here
is rough, first attempt on basswood with watercolor hand pressed on BFK
paper. What I found was it took at least 3 coats of watercolor to get
fairly nice color onto the paper. Also tried gauche and lighter weight
paper--not so great as paper stuck to the wood. I'd like some advice on
ink/paint and paper for hand
pressing and white line technique. I used DS relief oil or Caligo safe wash
for woodblock prints with my press, but hand pressing is quite another
thing...or is it? I'd like some advice on paint or inks and paper for white
line woodblock art. Thanks.

Bonnie Samuel
Email: bonnie (at) bonniesamuel (dot)com
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Message 3
From: Barbara Mason
Date: Thu, 31 May 2012 16:22:16 GMT
Subject: [Baren 45552] Re: White line woodblock printing
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It is traditionally done with water based inks, in fact watercolor.
Linda Kelen on this list has done some really good ones
she is a fine painter and it shows...I suggest you contact her for more info.
I tried this a year or so ago and used a lot of paper and generally made a big mess...then just decided to cut lots of blocks and got better prints.
I think they always look grainy, so this is lack of pressure. A metal spoon will work to print with, you are doing such a small area at a time, but I can see that with oil based inks you could use a press.
I gave up...but Linda did not and her works show it
My best
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Message 4
From: Graham Scholes
Date: Thu, 31 May 2012 16:54:44 GMT
Subject: [Baren 45553] Re: White line woodblock printing
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Hi Bonnie,

Consider using Acrylic with a Retarder added to slow down the drying of the pigment.
It works very well, but you will have to experiment with the mix to get it just right,
giving you enough time to ink and press.

Golden is the product of my choice.... Additives

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Message 5
From: l k
Date: Thu, 31 May 2012 19:43:53 GMT
Subject: [Baren 45554] Re: White line woodblock printing
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Oh, Barbara, you are too kind.
I've been in the throws of "transistion" to be light hearted about it
and hopefully will be moved into a new studio-house and arting again by late summer.
I've been so involved in all the construction, that my internet activies are minimal,
postings and blog updates have basically stopped due to readying for a move...
but I do check emails occasionally.
Bonnie, I'll try to take a look at what your doing. I can only tell you what I've figured out works for me.Yes, I'm rather determined about some things, andI do love the quality of the print I get from whiteline.
I've wondered about acrylics with retarder, but, just haven't been in a mood to experiment.
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Message 6
From: Shireen Holman
Date: Thu, 31 May 2012 19:53:38 GMT
Subject: [Baren 45555] Re: stencils again
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Karen Kunc did a demo at an SGC conference where she inked the block
with several colours using small brayers, then she put simple brown
paper stencils over the inked block and then printed. It was oil based
ink, so the brown paper didn't soak through - for water based you
would need something a little sturdier.


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Subject: Proofing the Curl Snout
Posted by: Pistoles Press

I had such grand intentions.  Tuesday I remembered to put some paper down to soak before I went to work so I could pull some proofs of my Chinese New Year Dragon.  Wednesday morning was literally a goat rodeo as we gathered Odin up to get neutered.  I had intended on packing up my supplies to go to the Virginia Artist Book Center and pull some proofs of the block.  I had such grand intentions.  I barely drug myself to the meeting at VABC but was glad I went.  So many exciting ideas and concepts were discussed.  I'm glad I didn't skip it.  Fast forward to Thursday and when I went upstairs to check my email my foot bumped against my paper humidor and I had one of those Oh, yeah. That's right. I was supposed to do that wasn't I. moments.  A flare of procrastination drifted over my mind but it was swiftly dispatched by the kraken mentioned in my last post.  I tossed my brush into my water basin and set to work. 

I've been trying to use up my bokuju.  It's great stuff but I have a whole other bottle to use after this one is gone so I might as well use it now.  It really has a richer color to it than regular sumi.  ?

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