Today's postings

  1. [Baren 32914] Re: Basic Pigment Set (Annie Bissett)
  2. [Baren 32915] Re: Baren Digest (old) V38 #3818 ("Marilynn Smith")
  3. [Baren 32916] Re: UK Woodblock supplies ("Mark Mason")
  4. [Baren 32917] Re: UK Woodblock supplies (David Harrison)
  5. [Baren 32918] Re: Mike's technical printing advice. ("Mike Lyon")
  6. [Baren 32919] Re: UK Woodblock supplies (L Cass)
  7. [Baren 32920] Re: UK Woodblock supplies ("Mike Lyon")
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Message 1
From: Annie Bissett
Date: Thu, 1 Mar 2007 08:58:27 -0500
Subject: [Baren 32914] Re: Basic Pigment Set
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Mark, regarding a basic set of colors for moku hanga, what I've found
is that with black, white, two yellows (hansa yellow and yellow
oxide), two blues (ultramarine and pthalo), a deep red (I have
napthol red), and burnt sienna I can create just about any color I
want. Others will probably have different favorites, but this works
for me. Another pigment company I've heard mentioned but haven't used
myself is Kremer Pigments. I use Guerra pigment suspensions and I
love them -- rich, consistent, and they last a long time.

Mike, your post yesterday about paper and basic moku hanga techniques
was fabulous. Thank you.

Annie B
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Message 2
From: "Marilynn Smith"
Date: Thu, 1 Mar 2007 07:26:54 -0800
Subject: [Baren 32915] Re: Baren Digest (old) V38 #3818
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As a painter I have put together many a palette. I always go for an
alizaren red (cool red), a warm bright red (used to use a cadmium but there
are others out there), a bright blue( like thalo, but these guerra pigments
are not labeled as such), a bright cool yellow and a warm yellow, a sepia
brown pigment (dark rick brown), a burnt sienna(brown, leaning toward an
orange) and for hanga you want a good sumi black. You can always mix greens
and violets. If you buy a green pigment it will be stronger however as is
also true of a violet pigment. At first buy smaller quanties to see which
shades you prefer. Often when you buy sets you get colors that you never
use, I prefer to pick and choose the colors I like. It really is not hard.
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Message 3
From: "Mark Mason"
Date: Thu, 1 Mar 2007 16:31:17 -0000
Subject: [Baren 32916] Re: UK Woodblock supplies
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I just thought I'd drop in a quick link to a good UK supplier of Japanese Paper, brushes, knives and gouges, woodblocks and a few other odds and ends like pre-mixed rice paste. "Intaglio Printmaker". We have very few UK stockists of Woodblock supplies, and although the exchange rate for us is pretty good for ordering things from the US, shipping costs from McClains are huge.

For a while they've stocked Magnolia blocks and 5mm ply, but they've just started to stock Birch ply in a range of sizes. The prices look ok too, as the largest woodblock costs around 10 and could be cut up into smaller blocks.

They've also expanded their range of Japanese paper, (They're sending me up some samples).

They are a really nice company, and very friendly. I don't work for them, but have ordered things from them in the past including a very nice left-handed Hangito (from the same makers as are available from top class Baren Mall) and a pad of Hosho.

For any UK printers who don't know them, here's a link to their website and online store. Their new Spring 2007 pdf catalogue is available to download too.

If you order anything, mention me. I'd like a discount on a Kento chisel ; )
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Message 4
From: David Harrison
Date: Thu, 01 Mar 2007 16:43:39 +0000
Subject: [Baren 32917] Re: UK Woodblock supplies
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Intaglio sell left-handed hangitos? B*****r -- I just ordered one from
McClains at great shipping expense 'coz Intaglio didn't mention
left-handed ones on their site! Pays to ask, doesn't it? :-)

A couple of years ago I spoke to someone there to chase a delayed order
and they were as fun as a graveyard, but hopefully your experience is
far more representative!

They do have a pretty good stock by the looks of it, so it might be
worth trying them again...


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Message 5
From: "Mike Lyon"
Date: Thu, 1 Mar 2007 11:29:13 -0600
Subject: [Baren 32918] Re: Mike's technical printing advice.
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Phone Guerra at 212-529-0628 and let them know what you're looking for -
they'll be more than happy to recommend a palette for you, I'm sure.

I suggest you request the most permanent and most transparent pigments, one
red, one yellow, one blue, one black (their 'Channel Black' is a nice carbon
black and very neutral and dense) would be the minimum palette to start.

Color is a very individual 'taste' so it's VERY hard to recommend - you may
eventually have to expand to a cooler and warmer pigment of each of red,
yellow, blue in order to produce more pleasing color, but I recommend you
limit yourself to as few pigments as possible - that will automatically keep
your colors 'coordinated' or balanced with nothing jumping out of the print
at you. Some reds make brilliant oranges and browns but muddy purples -
some blues make vibrant purples but dull greens, and so on. Guerra will be
able to help you get started with a limited palette and as you become
familiar with your colors, you can fine-tune and substitute those you like
better. It doesn't look like you're an 'earth tone' person, but if you are,
then a nice limited palette of yellow ochre, burnt (or raw) sienna, and
black may suit you nicely, substituting black/gray for blues.

Mike Lyon
Kansas City, MO
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Message 6
From: L Cass
Date: Thu, 01 Mar 2007 13:00:21 -0500
Subject: [Baren 32919] Re: UK Woodblock supplies
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Hi Mark and David -
Have you been in touch with Falkeners (I forget
how it's spelled) in London ,for Japanese paper
at least - they're supplied by Nancy Jacobi who buys
in Japan and has a huge warehouse here in Toronto
-you used to be able to mailorder thru' The
Japanese Paper Place here -
the exchange might be better for $CDN .I was
given another place to visit in London which must
be the Intaglio Printmaker -it was that address but thought
it had another name. There's also Lawrence in
Hove, I think, near Brighton. Why don't you
contact John Liddell at Poole Printmakers -he buys his tools in the
UK - he may know of even more suppliers.
Louise Cass
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Message 7
From: "Mike Lyon"
Date: Thu, 1 Mar 2007 12:09:38 -0600
Subject: [Baren 32920] Re: UK Woodblock supplies
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Thanks for your recommendation, Mark. I've added Intaglio Printmaker to our
other supplier listings.

For future reference, it's most convenient for me (and safest, too, in case
I miss a Baren posting) if supplier recommendations come from our form at
the top of the supplier page but your post
worked for me, no problem!


Mike Lyon
Kansas City, MO