Today's postings

  1. [Baren 33000] Re: Larger Press (Clive)
  2. [Baren 33001] Re: drypoint and viscosity of ink ( slinders #
  3. [Baren 33002] Re: drypoint and viscosity of ink (Nancy McMahon-Cox)
  4. [Baren 33003] Baren Member blogs: Update Notification (Blog Manager)
  5. [Baren 33004] Iraq exchange update ("Maria Arango")
  6. [Baren 33005] Update of prints ("Harry French")
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Message 1
From: Clive
Date: Wed, 14 Mar 2007 21:25:42 -0400
Subject: [Baren 33000] Re: Larger Press
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Hi Brad, the woodcuts on your site are amazing. If anyone doubts the
versatility of oil based engravings they need to look at your

As to your search for a larger press, my experience is that you can get
a large bed on Vandercook proof presses. Mine takes an 18"x22"block
easily and has room on the sides for blank paper; it would go bigger.
Were I looking for another one I'd look at printers who had been around
forever, old engraving shops- mostly colour separators or flexo plate
makers now and printer equipment dealers. In Canada there are a couple
of magazines for printers, they advertise equipment for sale. A local
printer might let you flip through his copies of whatever the version
is near you. I'm afraid a lot have been melted down to make laser
printer parts but don't despair; a lot of the printers I've known had
that sort of stuff buried away in the back of their shops.

What kind of wood are you using?

Good luck!

I have a question about presses. I am using a challenge proof press.
It is a great press but it will only print up to a 14' sheet. I would
like to print larger. Any recommendations for a larger press? I am
printing woodblocks using oil based inks.
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Message 2
From: slinders #
Date: Wed, 14 Mar 2007 20:54:09 -0600
Subject: [Baren 33001] Re: drypoint and viscosity of ink
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Hi, Wouter,

We use 'Easy Wipe Compound' from Graphic Ink and Chemical to
modify the inks we use in the studio,(and consider it a gift
from heaven! It really is helpful with intaglio printing!)

We use a bit less than the amount of ink we have on the glass,
and mix it thoroughly before using. It really makes a
difference in wiping. Dean and
Susan at Graphic will be happy to help or answer questions about it!

Best wishes,
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Message 3
From: Nancy McMahon-Cox
Date: Wed, 14 Mar 2007 22:08:36 -0500
Subject: [Baren 33002] Re: drypoint and viscosity of ink
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i suggest cutting the Charbonnel ink with a little burnt plate oil or
using straight Graphic Chemical Renaissance Black. Warm the plate to
one hundred degrees Farenheit on the hotplate and roll the ink on
with a soft brayer. Then wipe gently as the plate cools on the inking
slab. Use 'regular' tarlatan which is less sized and softer, soften
it up by rubbing it between your hands before using it on the plate.
Print on well soaked smooth finish paper like Fabriano Rosa Spina or
Somerset satin. Wipe lightly, try to leave enough in on and proof til
you are happy with the result. Beginners often don't engrave deep
enough with drypoint so you may have to re drypoint til you can feel
a rough burr on the lines.
Best - Ian Ox
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Message 4
From: Blog Manager
Date: 15 Mar 2007 03:55:30 -0000
Subject: [Baren 33003] Baren Member blogs: Update Notification
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This is an automatic update message being sent to [Baren] by the forum blog software.

The following new entries were found on the listed printmaker's websites during the past 24 hours. (32 sites checked, five minutes before midnight Eastern time)


Site Name: The Itinerant Artist

Author: Diane Cutter
Item: I've had to be strong and forcibly stow my soft pa...


Site Name: Belinda Del Pesco Fine Art Blog

Author: Belinda Del Pesco
Item: Watercolor: Winter Walk

Author: Belinda Del Pesco
Item: Watercolor: Mexican Folk Art on the Mantle


Site Name: Phare-Camp Art Journal

Author: Phare-Camp
Item: Eulogy to a Jaguar...


Site Name: Blue Notes - A Printmaking Sojourn

Author: Jenn
Item: Periodic Project


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Message 5
From: "Maria Arango"
Date: Wed, 14 Mar 2007 21:03:18 -0700
Subject: [Baren 33004] Iraq exchange update
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Please note changes on the Iraq exchange page:

I have volunteered to collate the prints, deadline remains the same. I think
with two months off everyone should have enough time to complete.
Please note the instructions and include label and postage or substitute.

Thanks and let me or Robin know if you need to drop out or will be late.


Maria Arango
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Message 6
From: "Harry French"
Date: Thu, 15 Mar 2007 09:47:39 -0000
Subject: [Baren 33005] Update of prints
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Greetings to you all,

My four prints in March are random. They are from sketches made during the summer in Germany and include a driftwood monoprint from the Shoreham beach, near Brighton. My updates to you are always a bit hit and miss. I hope they work. I must buy up to date software instead of using 'freebies' out of old computer magazines. You have two choices with the hyperlink if you are in a rush click on next print, but if you have a few minutes to spare there are links to my sequential, erratic ways of working.

May I offer my condolences to Bareners who have recently lost colleagues, friends and relatives.