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  1. [Baren 35157] Re: New Baren Digest (HTML) V42 #4245 (Feb 21, 2008) (jlkornett #
  2. [Baren 35158] Re: Ink (Sharri LaPierre)
  3. [Baren 35159] Re: Baren Digest (old) V42 #4245 ("Marilynn Smith")
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Message 1
From: jlkornett #
Date: Thu, 21 Feb 2008 12:48:22 -0500
Subject: [Baren 35157] Re: New Baren Digest (HTML) V42 #4245 (Feb 21, 2008)
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I had an interesting conversation with dean at Graphic recently about inks. My main concern was being able to print colors on top of each other. It is not uncommon for me to want 10 colors in a 4x6 relief print (I always print reduction, it just suits me well.). With the Akua inks this doesnt work well, but that is understandable because that is not what they are designed for. He recommended that I use the Caligo safe wash inks, and?I hava to admit that it feels like the good old days for me. Many colors that all sit well, with the added benefit of soap and water to clean up. I used to do lino cuts with 35 colors in them, needless to say in a larger format.
But this is not why I am writing. WHile talking to Dean about different inks he mentioned that some inks dry from the bottom up, others from the top down, and I wouldn't be suprised if some dried in the middle first. This is a factor i had never taken into account, but obviously we need to know this when making decisions about whether or not our ink is totally dry.
Dean, if you catch this posting, making you could tell us more.

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Message 2
From: Sharri LaPierre
Date: Thu, 21 Feb 2008 09:53:33 -0800
Subject: [Baren 35158] Re: Ink
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My experience exactly with the inks drying. I also print relief on
wet paper, it just seems to make a better print for me. It is a bit
of a pain to have to dampen paper and it will be more susceptible to
picking up ink from places in the image which haven't been cleared
deeply enough, but the rich blacks are worth that little bit of
trouble. Thanks for the explanation as to the short drying time.

Cheers ~
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Message 3
From: "Marilynn Smith"
Date: Thu, 21 Feb 2008 11:23:30 -0800
Subject: [Baren 35159] Re: Baren Digest (old) V42 #4245
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I like Daniel Smith block printing inks and miracle gel. I too have a love
affair with miracle gel. Last season I thought I had al, the inks I needed
for the season. When we got to San Francisco I realized I had not packed a
brown oil based ink. I found a huge Dick Blick store there and to my
amazement they had Graphic Chemical brown etching ink, no good quality block
printing inks available. I bought both the tubes they had with glee and
used them for my year of the pig card. They mixed quite well with miracle
gel and I had absolutely no problem rolling them onto my plate.

I too mount my Chinese New years cards in acid free photo albums. I can get
several to a page and I also save all the stamps and envelopes. It is
indeed a joy to get stamps and post marks from all over. I wish the mail
service from the Baja was better, it would be fun to get them stamped from
down here. Oh well, they will get Nahcotta again this year.

Just a little to go and I will be proofing my blocks for the 10 inch sq.
exchange, YEAH!!!

Cut and print.
Marilynn in Baja Sur, Mexico