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  1. [Baren 45820] RE: scrapped prints (aki #
  2. [Baren 45821] Re: scrapped prints (Darrell Madis)
  3. [Baren 45822] Re: Scraped prints (Jan Telfer)
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Message 1
From: aki #
Date: Wed, 15 Aug 2012 14:16:38 GMT
Subject: [Baren 45820] RE: scrapped prints
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Thank you for the suggestions!- Aron
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Message 2
From: Darrell Madis
Date: Wed, 15 Aug 2012 14:25:06 GMT
Subject: [Baren 45821] Re: scrapped prints
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I've done this, it works. Unless you used a huge amount of pigment the color should just about disappear, maybe making the paper slightly gray.

Madis Arts
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Message 3
From: Jan Telfer
Date: Thu, 16 Aug 2012 09:47:38 GMT
Subject: [Baren 45822] Re: Scraped prints
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Hi Aron,

Scrapped Prints:

I am not a paper maker either but I use mine in two other ways:

1. Cut them smaller into interesting sections and use them to paste on
to the front of personal birthday or congratulatory cards, even writing
over the top of my prints using the mokuhanga ones as background colour.

2. Because of my Art Therapy background I paste them onto a larger
sheet and write all over them- sometimes with nice calligraphy or
sometimes depending on my current mood with "how I feel" messages. I
took several of these with me to a Writing Workshop for Therapy in
Melbourne and the facilitator suggested I include them in a book for
therapy support for clients !

eg. (a) My "Fire Fire" print I did for the Haiku Exchange I slid the
final oil block with the black letter writing on the three previous
moku hanga ones and pasted that print on a hard sheet of white paper
splattered with red spots with the calligraphic writing around the
print ...." Bugger, ruined another print each one precious but out of
the ashes this one re-birthed " etc.... (with an explanation of what

(b) Oiled based written verse "Some men have a den in their home while
others just growl all over the house" ....... pasted again on a bigger
piece of paper covered with glossy Real Estate advertising and
calligraphed "Little boxes, little boxes, little ticky tacky .........."

(c) I don't even waste some of my atagami printing papers ( used
between the baren and the wet paper as the image comes through onto the
atagami paper .... I usually use computer copying paper) My Rotto
Lighthouse print (too big for an exchange I did for my exhibition) I
used two atagami papers - one from the final black (mine was purple
outline print) and the other was from of lots of different coloured
blocks overriding each other but all facing the same top of the page
.... It read "Another one Saved.....The Lighthouse is a Life Saver
warning light Beams across the ocean Rocky shoreline beware Saving
sailors from plight. (written like a haiku !)

(d) another atagami from the "Fire Fire" print with a few pink spots
added "Rebirth Recycle" pasted on a strip of some beautiful shiny
floral paper that a friend had wrapped my birthday present in with a
calligraphed explanation of what the atagami paper is.

So these were a few examples of the recycling of my failed prints for
an edition and a good way of practising my calligraphy in a fun way -
I have kept all my Art Therapy pieces like this at A3 paper size and
have them stored in special strong cardboard boxes I had made at the
special intellectually disabled workshop not far away. I have lots of
these art pieces exampling different aspects of my life in the past few
years ..... but none of my present cancer scare which I have preferred
to journal instead.

I hope this helps you too Aron.

Good luck,


(Perth, Western Australia)

> From: Aron Insinga
> Date: Tue, 14 Aug 2012 03:28:01 GMT
> Subject: [Baren 45815] scrapped prints
> I have been looking at my pile of botched Moku Hanga prints and
> wondering what to do with them, after I finish examining them to try to
> learn what I'm doing wrong. (So far they are all printed on Shin
> Torinoko.)
> Ripping them in half has given me an interesting view of the inside of
> the washi.
> Are they at all suitable for use in experimental paper-making? I hate
> to waste the nice fiber in them, but then I can easily imagine the nori
> and watercolor making a complete mess of the mold, if they remain
> water-soluble after drying.
> - Aron