Today's postings

  1. [Baren 33920] replies to daniel smith ink query (peggy koenig)
  2. [Baren 33921] Graphic Chemical Inks (baren_member #
  3. [Baren 33922] RE: Baren Exchange rules regarding stencils ("Mike Lyon")
  4. [Baren 33923] Baren Member blogs: Update Notification (Blog Manager)
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Message 1
From: peggy koenig
Date: Sun, 12 Aug 2007 06:51:05 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: [Baren 33920] replies to daniel smith ink query
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Thanks to everyone who offered their insights and
suggestions regarding my question about Daniel Smith
water-based relief ink. I'll be using your
information and experimenting on my own as I try out
these inks.
Cheers, peggy
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Message 2
From: baren_member #
Date: 12 Aug 2007 14:40:12 -0000
Subject: [Baren 33921] Graphic Chemical Inks

Message posted from: Dale Phelps

I have tried a number of water based inks. I usually use the Akua-kolor Inks to print but have used Daniel Smith black ink for my key block.
I always use the Graphic Chemical black ink for image transer to other blocks for multiple color prints. It is a very stiff ink and will transfer a complete image when tranfered with either news print or Rives BFK. It is the most like the oil based inks that we used at the University of Northern Iowa.

Dale Phelps, Waterloo, IA
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Message 3
From: "Mike Lyon"
Date: Sun, 12 Aug 2007 15:00:19 -0500
Subject: [Baren 33922] RE: Baren Exchange rules regarding stencils
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From: Tiberiu Chelcea
>I need a clarification of rules for a Baren Exchange. The rules prohibit
>printing with stencils -- I assume this refers to applying the ink directly
>to the paper through a stencil. Is it acceptable to apply the ink to the
>carved woodblock through a stencil, and then printing the woodblock?

Dear Tibi,

Baren's 'mission' is to promote woodblock printmaking. The Baren exchange
program is organized so that groups of up to 30 printmakers can exchange
editions of woodblock prints of similar size and sometimes 'theme'. The
rules do NOT prohibit the use of ANY technique (including the one you
describe) so long as exchange prints are produced MAINLY by techniques of
woodcut relief printing. Similar relief printing techniques (linocut, etc)
are perfectly acceptable. The use of mixed media and non-relief printing
techniques (hand coloring, pochoir, intaglio, etc) are acceptable only when
they are not the 'primary' method (which must be woodcut).

The main job of each exchange coordinator is to receive, collate, and mail
out the exchange prints. Coordinators are supposed to reject prints which
aren't the right size or which aren't primarily woodblock prints. As far as
I'm aware, though, no coordinator has EVER rejected ANY print for ANY reason
-- prints HAVE occasionally been included in Baren exchanges which clearly
did not conform to our 'rules'. Baren exchanges are not 'juried' for
quality and are open to ANY Baren member who signs up and submits prints on

We are more or less 'on our honor' to submit 'woodblock prints' or at least
prints which are produced mainly by woodcut-like techniques.

Images produced mainly using pochoir techniques, even when brushed
monotype-like into an un-carved matrix for printing, don't seem to conform
to the intent of our exchanges (but will likely be included if submitted).
I think it'd much better if your blocks were carved to define the image
edges, then inked however you like.

Hope this helps?

Mike (Baren exchange manager) Lyon
Kansas City, MO
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Message 4
From: Blog Manager
Date: 13 Aug 2007 03:55:26 -0000
Subject: [Baren 33923] 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. (36 sites checked, five minutes before midnight Eastern time)


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Author: Jenn
Item: Photoshoot and Printing Extravaganza


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