Today's postings

  1. [Baren 33756] different registration (baren_member #
  2. [Baren 33757] Re: Baren Digest (old) V40 #3974 ("Marilynn Smith")
  3. [Baren 33758] Re: Baren Digest (old) V40 #3974 (Diane Cutter)
  4. [Baren 33759] Re: Juried Print Shows (Sharri LaPierre)
  5. [Baren 33760] Re: Hiromi paper (Sharri LaPierre)
  6. [Baren 33761] Re: Hiromi paper (Barbara Mason)
  7. [Baren 33762] Re: Baren Digest (old) V40 #3974 (Charles Morgan)
  8. [Baren 33763] Re: Hiromi paper (Beth Z)
  9. [Baren 33764] husband thingi (Formschnider #
  10. [Baren 33765] Re: Baren Digest (old) V40 #3974 (aqua4tis #
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Message 1
From: baren_member #
Date: 17 Jul 2007 15:40:03 -0000
Subject: [Baren 33756] different registration

I have found that the T - bar method of registration has worked well for any relief printmaking that I have done. A line in pencil is drawn on the back of the paper at top and bottom in the center of the paper. The block is marked at the top with a T, with the verticlal line in the center and a the cross line lining up with the top of the paper. At the bottom of the block a center line is matched with the line at the bottom of the paper. If the top of the paper is deckled I use a box cutter and straight edge to take off a minimal amount of paper so that it can be lined up well.
This has worked very well for me. It also works well for screen printing. The only problem is that with a bleed print it is a little trickier to use. The few times that I carved a block to it's edges I have made a frame to go around it and marked the frame.

Dale Phelps, Waterloo, IA
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Message 2
From: "Marilynn Smith"
Date: Tue, 17 Jul 2007 08:28:08 -0700
Subject: [Baren 33757] Re: Baren Digest (old) V40 #3974
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My dear sweet husband helped me create my registration system. I have L
shaped boards the height of my blocks. He cut them out of MDF. I measure out
my paper and decide on how much border I want and measure from the edge of
the L and draw a pencil line. I do this for both the bottom drop and the
side drop. (like a kento) Than I take masking tape and cut a piece for both
the bottom drop and the side drop, I use 2 layers of tape so that it is high
enough for the paper not to slip out. This may not be as accurate for some
types of registration but it is working pretty well for me. I also have
been trying to work out designs that can handle drops that need less
precision. For my last multi block print I had to find a piece to sit under
my block as it was too narrow to fit in the L, a piece of heavy mat borad
worked out for me. I do have a system that I have not tried that takes pegs
and tabs and it might work well with the L shaped registration board for
greater precision. As far as using the Japanese kentos I found my carving is
not precise enough and each board is off, but having both a bottom and a
side guide for my paper brings better precision.
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Message 3
From: Diane Cutter
Date: Tue, 17 Jul 2007 09:06:01 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: [Baren 33758] Re: Baren Digest (old) V40 #3974
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Fine minds think alike, Marilyn. I've got a similar set-up, complete with pencil lines and masking tape, also husband-made, and find it works fine for all my woodcuts and linos.

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Message 4
From: Sharri LaPierre
Date: Tue, 17 Jul 2007 09:07:02 -0700
Subject: [Baren 33759] Re: Juried Print Shows
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My experience with juried shows: yes I think it is good to enter
competitions - it looks good on your vitae when you approach
galleries for representation. It shows that you are serious about
your art. Having said that: everything in that department depends
purely upon the artwork after all is said and done. Of course, you
stand a better chance if the jury is, or has one, printmaker on
board. As we all know, those unfamiliar with prints will gloss right
over them, without an inkling (no pun intended) of what it takes to
make one. "All print shows" will naturally offer stiffer
competition. My recommend for newbies is a show with a specific
category for drawings and prints - that shows that someone in charge
knows something about prints and the jury will probably be chosen

$25-30 is reasonable and no one is getting rich off of juried shows,
if they are legit. The fee usually just barely covers the expenses
of the show: printing and mailing cards, reception, pay for juror,
staff time to catalog, printing a catalog, and many more. Most shows
have to go elsewhere, to businesses in the community and individuals,
for prize monies & sponsorship, sometimes to just break even.

Someone ask about registration methods for oil based prints. I have
a registration jig I made specifically for woodblock and linoleum
prints - I will post the directions on my blog - hopefully, later
today. I suffered though a sleep study last night and Boy howdy! did
they misname that one. Who could sleep with all that paraphernalia
on? So, I may nod off at any moment now. For my found wood prints I
used scraps of lumber with matboard stoppers glued to the top of the
wood. I attached these to a piece of masonite with double back
carpet tape (available at Home Despot, aka Home Depot, and others)
which allows me to move them around easily for different prints. I
use them exactly as you would the traditional kento system which can
be found in the Baren encyclopedia.

Hope I was able to help someone out...........zzzzzzzzzzzzz,
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Message 5
From: Sharri LaPierre
Date: Tue, 17 Jul 2007 09:11:00 -0700
Subject: [Baren 33760] Re: Hiromi paper
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Sorry about the second post in one day. I forgot to say that if you
call Hiromi she is very helpful and will send you small samples of
the paper she suggests. Don't hesitate to give her a jingle, or drop
her an email. She is a wonderful gal!

However, the papers on the Baren Mall have been time tested by those
involved in the Mall operation and they are very good and cover
several price ranges. Another good place to shop is Aiko's in Chicago.

Still napping, or wanting to,
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Message 6
From: Barbara Mason
Date: Tue, 17 Jul 2007 11:21:24 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: [Baren 33761] Re: Hiromi paper
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If you phone them they will be most helpful...if you
tell them you want it for hanga they will direct you
to the proper papers.
Best to all,
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Message 7
From: Charles Morgan
Date: Tue, 17 Jul 2007 12:45:05 -0700
Subject: [Baren 33762] Re: Baren Digest (old) V40 #3974
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Where do you guys buy that "husband" thingy?? ... Sounds like a
useful device ... {;-}}}}}

Cheers ..... Charles
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Message 8
From: Beth Z
Date: Tue, 17 Jul 2007 13:25:02 -0700
Subject: [Baren 33763] Re: Hiromi paper
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Many thanks to those who responded about Hiromi paper! Carol, I
thoroughly enjoyed viewing New York Central's catalog. I appreciate
it that you even posted the specific papers you have experience with,
together with their 800 number. I will surely try them. Barbara and
Sharri, I will call Hiromi. It can be helpful to have a
knowledgeable person to discuss purchases with, and since I am in
Oregon and they are in CA, the shipping distance is less (my slight
obsession with lessening my carbon footprint). Thanks for the
advice, all!

Beth Zentzis
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Message 9
From: Formschnider #
Date: Tue, 17 Jul 2007 16:42:51 EDT
Subject: [Baren 33764] husband thingi
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charles well my wife thing thinks my art is my 'girl friend'
esp the wood blocks she says a hold them, i stroke them and i even yell at

john c.
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Message 10
From: aqua4tis #
Date: Tue, 17 Jul 2007 19:04:23 -0400
Subject: [Baren 33765] Re: Baren Digest (old) V40 #3974
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id like to know that myself :-)

Where do you guys buy that "husband" thingy?? ... Sounds like a useful device ... {;-}}}}}