Today's postings

  1. [Baren 29897] Akua Kolor (Cucamongie #
  2. [Baren 29898] Re: Akua Kolor (Barbara Mason)
  3. [Baren 29899] Re: Akua Kolor (Myron Turner)
  4. [Baren 29900] Re: Akua Kolor ("Bea Gold")
  5. [Baren 29901] Re: Akua Kolor (Dan Dew)
  6. [Baren 29902] Re: woods (Sharri LaPierre)
  7. [Baren 29903] Re: Akua Kolor (Barbara Mason)
  8. [Baren 29904] Baren Member blogs: Update Notification (Blog Manager)
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Message 12
From: Cucamongie #
Date: Tue, 17 Jan 2006 08:14:28 EST
Subject: [Baren 29897] Akua Kolor
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Leigh, if you are printing woodblock in the Japanese method (brushing the
pigment on the block and printing w/a baren, etc), I would put a few dabs of
Akua Kolor and a couple of methyl cellulose in the same manner which Mike
mentioned that you do when you are using pigment, as you may find that you get
"goma zuri" or blotchy spots if you don't use the methyl cellulose. If you are
printing "western style" it could be that you don't need the methyl
cellulose, but I have not tried it in that way.

Happy printing!

best wishes
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Message 1
From: Barbara Mason
Date: Tue, 17 Jan 2006 06:34:30 -0800 (PST)
Subject: [Baren 29898] Re: Akua Kolor
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I have done both and if you roll the akua kolor on you do not need the methyl cellulose to get even color, you can get a very thin roll on the block and still get good color.
Best to all,
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Message 2
From: Myron Turner
Date: Tue, 17 Jan 2006 09:43:45 -0600
Subject: [Baren 29899] Re: Akua Kolor
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Though my work is just about exclusively black and white, this exchange
on Akua Kolor has sparked my curiosity about some of the technical issues.

First, according to the Akua Kolor web site
(, these inks can be rolled onto a plate
and printed on a press.
Barbara has rolled them out but has anyone printed woodblocks with these
inks using a press?

Secondly, they suggest not rolling out the inks on a slab but putting
the inks directly on to the plate and rolling it out. They use the term
"plate" generically, but this technique would seem suitable for metal
plates or perhaps plexi when making monotypes but doesn't seem to me to
be workable with wood blocks.

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Message 3
From: "Bea Gold"
Date: Tue, 17 Jan 2006 07:54:35 -0800
Subject: [Baren 29900] Re: Akua Kolor
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I sometime use and enjoy the Akua Kolor in the Chinese/Ray Hudson style,
with unsized paper and no paste. Just one more way. Bea Gold
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Message 4
From: Dan Dew
Date: Tue, 17 Jan 2006 11:13:58 -0500
Subject: [Baren 29901] Re: Akua Kolor
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I have used Akua Kolor for woodblocks and linoblocks, rolling out the
ink on a plexiglass sheet.
Here is a woodblock:

Don't put out to much ink, just a few drops. Roll it out till it
"smacks", then roll it on the surface. Works fine wheter you use a
press or baren (I've only used a baren in the past with mine, hardly
any pressure required to transfer the ink, even on dry paper!).
Sound like a salesman don't I?
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Message 5
From: Sharri LaPierre
Date: Tue, 17 Jan 2006 09:06:49 -0800
Subject: [Baren 29902] Re: woods
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Has anyone tried hickory/pecan? I'm having wood floors laid in the
house and tried a little piece of it last night and it seemed to have
the same characteristics that Mike cited for walnut: strong open grain
and the knife skips when it hits the darker portion. Or, is it just
that my tools are not as sharp as they could be? They work just fine
on cherry.

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Message 6
From: Barbara Mason
Date: Tue, 17 Jan 2006 10:51:13 -0800 (PST)
Subject: [Baren 29903] Re: Akua Kolor
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I would always suggest rolling the ink out on a glass slab first to get the ink even on your roller...when they are talking about putting the ink directly on the plate, I think they are talking about monotypes and not woodblock. I have printed with and without a press and when rolling it on, I get it even on the roller first. Brushing it on, you can put it directly on the block. One advantage of rolling it on is you could easily do a blended roll that would look a lot like a traditional bokashi that is brushed on.
But I have to tell you, Akua Kolor is not like pure pigment and the colors are not as concentrated. However I have had fair results with them. The also print well on dry paper, but of course dry paper presents it's own problems as it wants to move around when printing with a baren...a challenge to be sure.
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Message 7
From: Blog Manager
Date: 18 Jan 2006 04:55:05 -0000
Subject: [Baren 29904] Baren Member blogs: Update Notification
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