Today's postings

  1. [Baren 45601] Latest prints update ("Harry French")
  2. [Baren 45602] Re: Latest prints update (Barbara Mason)
  3. [Baren 45603] Re: Starch Making (Lana Lambert)
  4. [Baren 45604] Baren Member blogs: Update Notification (Blog Manager)
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Message 1
From: "Harry French"
Date: Sat, 16 Jun 2012 14:48:29 GMT
Subject: [Baren 45601] Latest prints update
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Greetings Bareners,
*My June update on prints :
I was in the choir stalls of our Gothic Cathedral when I observed two medieval knights in a quatrefoil about to charge into mortal combat - worth recording as linoleum prints.
*Like most forum members I am opposed to the Giclee digital print in principle. However, I do have a colour printer linked to my computer so I decided to see what its capabilities were for me. My experiment was using a conventional "pencil linked to the the Wacom Bamboo graphic tablet.
My first attempt was in Cornwall (UK). There was a gale force 10 in Carbis Bay so I kept a smart distance sketching the sea.
Back home I printed an edition 5 on Bockford watercolour paper and signed them using our traditional descriptors with a footnote on the reverse to inform people as to how I achieved the result.
Using the graphics tablet was fascinating and I hope to develop it further keeping the results mainly as screen items : as to the prints they look fine, but I was uninspired watching nozzles spraying onto a fine watercolour paper without any real input from me.
All the best
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Message 2
From: Barbara Mason
Date: Sat, 16 Jun 2012 15:05:59 GMT
Subject: [Baren 45602] Re: Latest prints update
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It isn't bad... but then again, I agree that not being able to control the "brush" is frustrating...and you miss the final creating of the piece
I think we have all experimented at one time or another, and then abandoned it. There is something about having that control when ink goes to paper that makes us printmakers....and not graphic designers. Although many are both but do the printmaking for joy.
My best to all
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Message 3
From: Lana Lambert
Date: Sat, 16 Jun 2012 15:19:15 GMT
Subject: [Baren 45603] Re: Starch Making
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Eli, I'd love a link or discussion on making starch. I was lucky enough to meetMohamed Zakariya of Arlington, Virginia who designed the EID Muslim Holiday stamp for the US Postal Service. He gave a discussion at my Islamic Art and Architecture class in Washington D.C. He had a few slides made of his process as he makes his own sizing from wheat starch and makes his own ink from burnt linseed oil. His slide of his starch making process featured buckets in his garage topped with a foul looking growth of fungus and he said his wife complains. LOL, but he said it makes a superior product and I always wondered why they let it ferment like that.


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Subject: Hail Mary - part 2
Posted by: Dave Bull

(continuing from yesterday's 'Hail Mary' post ...)

Perhaps the best way to tell you about our other 'last chance' attempt to keep our business together is to outline the story as it happened ...

A few weeks ago I got an email from a young man in the US who works as an illustrator, mostly for children's books. He and I had some communication a few years ago, with the vague idea that he might perhaps produce an image for my work, but we were both too busy to push it forward and nothing came of it at the time.

This time he had a new - and interesting - idea. He was thinking about creating a series of illustrations based on a synthesis of traditional Japanese ukiyo-e style drawing and contemporary video game characters. His idea was that the images would look very traditional in style, but that on closer inspection the viewer would realize that these were re-workings of characters that they knew from video games.

He was approaching me to get some information on whether or not such illustrations could be made into actual woodblock prints, and if so, would I perhaps be interested in producing them. The idea was that he would collect information and prices, etc. on such things, and then put together a proposal that would be offered to the public through the famous Kickstarter website. If it then gathered enough supporters, it would go forward. If not, the idea would die at that point.

We . . .
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