Today's postings

  1. [Baren 25203] Re: suggestions for ink to use at workshop making styrofoam relief prints (Sharri LaPierre)
  2. [Baren 25204] Re: viruses (Sharri LaPierre)
  3. [Baren 25205] Re: suggestions for ink to use at workshop making styrofoam relief prints (Aqua4tis #
  4. [Baren 25206] Re: Baren Digest (old) V27 #2675 ("Claudia G. Coonen")
  5. [Baren 25207] Scrapbooking (Jan Telfer)
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Message 1
From: Sharri LaPierre
Date: Mon, 7 Jun 2004 09:32:46 -0700
Subject: [Baren 25203] Re: suggestions for ink to use at workshop making styrofoam relief prints
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I haven't tried syrofoam prints on fabric, but have been very
successful using EZ cut - that stuff that looks like an eraser and cuts
like soft butter. The pigments I used were called Neopaque - they are
a light body opaque acrylic made for fabric, and you just pat the
pigment on with foam paint brushes. I recommend the smallest ones you
can find - they are easier to use than the larger ones. And, remind
everyone to iron the application before laundering - if this pigment is
heat-set it will virtually outwear the garment. I used some of their
metallic pigments on a black knit jumper and they worked perfectly.
You might have people carve small pieces of the foam and combine them
on the fabric - like hand cut stamps - they can build as big a design
as they want and it is a much easier way for inexperienced people to
get into the act.

With the speedball waterbased printing inks - bring a spray bottle so
you can spritz the palettes every now and then and that will help keep
the stuff from drying out quite so fast.

Happy printing,

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Message 2
From: Sharri LaPierre
Date: Mon, 7 Jun 2004 09:40:27 -0700
Subject: [Baren 25204] Re: viruses
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My apologies for the two posts in one day - mea culpa x 3 + a maxima.

Sometimes an erroneous virus message will come through for reasons only
another computer can understand. Several months ago a friend wrote to
me and told me she had received a virus warning from an email I had
sent. I ran my virus program and nothing showed up. The timing was
perfect, however, as I had a techie out to help me with an airport
problem, and I had him check - he said I had no virus, therefore, could
not have passed one on. A few emails later I asked the same friend if
she were still getting virus warnings from me and she said no, only
that one. So - who knows what evil lurks in the hearts and minds of
computers? Personally, I believe they all have a devilish streak, it is
just that Macintosh has less than PC's. LOL May all your virus
warnings be from Coyote (trickster) PC's -

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Message 3
From: Aqua4tis #
Date: Mon, 07 Jun 2004 13:16:27 -0400
Subject: [Baren 25205] Re: suggestions for ink to use at workshop making styrofoam relief prints
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> Neopaque

did you buy this at a fabric store?
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Message 4
From: "Claudia G. Coonen"
Date: Mon, 07 Jun 2004 07:19:12 -1000
Subject: [Baren 25206] Re: Baren Digest (old) V27 #2675
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Paul my teacher who lived in Japan, taught us to mix white glue Or the carpenters type and sumi ink and water (so it's fluid, about 3 equal parts) paint it on. seals it nice, this method is great for beginners who need to see it in black and white like the print will be (only reverse) You just need chalk or a white pencil to draw the design. I would suggest also sharpening your tools(If needed).
good luck
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Message 5
From: Jan Telfer
Date: Tue, 8 Jun 2004 15:40:24 +0800
Subject: [Baren 25207] Scrapbooking
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What do you all do with your "failed" prints?

1. Bin them
2. Cut them up and use them for cards
3. Hang them on the studio wall with notes on them as to why they failed
4. Cut them in strips and Use them for bookmarks
5. Frame them! ?

Well I have just started on a wonderful journey with thanks to Bette
and her Haiku poetry and a calligraphy friend who gave me a book called
Artists' Journals & Stetchbooks - Exploring and Creating Personal Pages
by Lynne Perrella. ISBN 1-59253-019-2 Published in USA Quarry Books
(Rockport Pub) Gloucester,MA (

I am using free pages, but others like working in a book form.
Eventually I will put mine in a folio box I think. My page sizes are a
BFK 300gms sheet folded and torn into four "pages" .... just a
convenient size for me. It is my visual diary but more from an
experience point of view.

I first of all started, only just a couple of weeks ago in fact, with a
page of my first home using a discarded calligraphed page of poetry
that I had not used for an exhibition and collaged photos and postcards
from an exchange "Home/Place" from SouthWest printmakers and just added
to that...from there I filled more pages from my first NSW home and
then I started using my "failed" woodblock prints including one from
the current Exchange #21 Elements when the paper moved when I printed
the calligraphed block and I got a double image which I thought at the
time although it wasn't editionably correct it was more appropriate to
the "Fear" in my "Fire, Fire" piece, so I recycled that onto one of my
pages and wrote all the way around it, in "less- than formal"

I then used another page with some backing of beautiful wrapping paper
from a friend and put the Ategami on the top of it..... the ategami is
the paper that we use between the back of the editioned print paper and
the baren so that the baren glides evenly over the paper.... it has to
be changed if it gets damp or torn. I have been using photocopy paper
and of course I get an impression on it from the print.... but using it
over and over again of course the impression just gives an impression
of "a bad printing day"...but I thought it looked very creative and I
have used a couple of my previous print ategamis to creatively fill
another scrapbooking pages. The first ategami page was the imprint of
the burnt tree from the same "FIre, Fire" print, but it had picked up
pale red spots which looked like blossoms and that's why I called this
page "Rebirth"!

I have been illustrating the pages with my thoughts on the subject, or
a description of what the Ategami is or adding a poem.....three lines,
four lines of my own or someone elses.

As the book says it is "an art form completely devoid of rules". You
don't have to be meticulously careful with your lettering, your can
write on it what you like, it is not for publication or sale (unless
you feel you want to sell it of course) .... it is a creative outlet!!!

So don't be disappointed with a couple of failed prints, recycle them

I am having so much fun that I have already done 7 pages with several
more with pasted pictures ready for me to scribble on!!

Enjoy life!