Today's postings

  1. [Baren 35203] Re: Reduction printing. ("Mark Mason")
  2. [Baren 35204] Re: Baren Digest (old) V42 #4254 ("Marilynn Smith")
  3. [Baren 35205] Re: Reduction printing. ("Mike Lyon")
  4. [Baren 35206] Re: Reduction printing. (Barbara Mason)
  5. [Baren 35207] Re: questions about stretching paper (Tiberiu Chelcea)
  6. [Baren 35208] Baren Member blogs: Update Notification (Blog Manager)
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Message 1
From: "Mark Mason"
Date: Wed, 27 Feb 2008 14:31:18 -0000
Subject: [Baren 35203] Re: Reduction printing.
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"When I do reduction I print on dry paper "

Thanks Barbara for this comment. I've not tried a reduction print, but I've always wondered how you would keep paper consistantly damp/cool/soft with all the carving between impressions which could take days. Print dry. There's the answer.

Kindest regards,

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Message 2
From: "Marilynn Smith"
Date: Wed, 27 Feb 2008 07:48:38 -0800
Subject: [Baren 35204] Re: Baren Digest (old) V42 #4254
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Thank you to those who answered my question regarding printing waterbased
inks on a press. Yesterday, morning about 6, I dampened some of my paper and
thought by around noon they would be good to go. Guess I was not quite
awake and they did not seem damp enough and the first plate did not run
even, so I did all 4 plates on that paper to proof it and see what would
happen. Happily the colors and plates are good. I used only a piece of mat
board on top of the block and paper and it gave excellent results.

I think the only way to get the general public to understand about
printmaking is to show as many folks as possible how the process works.
Than they know what a woodblock print actually is. Seeing a print pulled
from a press and from a block that was created by the artist amazes people.
I sit out by the water and carve quite often, in our common area. I have
had people pick up my wood blocks and stroke them, lovelingly. I had a
friend up while I was cutting paper and she loved touching the paper. Show
your friends, your neighbors and anyone you can about the process. Yesterday
a friend stopped by for some paperwork and I was doing my proofing. He
asked me how I got 4 blocks, each a different size and thickness to print on
the same piece of paper, I showed him my template. Than, when I pulled that
print he was amazed.

Cut, Print
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Message 3
From: "Mike Lyon"
Date: Wed, 27 Feb 2008 09:24:06 -0600
Subject: [Baren 35205] Re: Reduction printing.
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I have made many reduction prints (moku-hanga / Japanese technique) - always
on damp paper - registration is 'perfect' through more than 30 impressions.
Generally, I use best papers I can afford (handmade kozo or gampi papers
made for woodcut printing), but registration is excellent on damp watercolor
papers (hot press) as well.

Mike Lyon
Kansas City, MO

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Message 4
From: Barbara Mason
Date: Wed, 27 Feb 2008 07:35:40 -0800 (PST)
Subject: [Baren 35206] Re: Reduction printing.
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I have done Moku Hanga getting the paper damp and then
dry and think I did say that....but with a press doing
reduction it is easier with dry paper.
Lets face it..Moku Hanga is better in lots of ways....
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Message 5
From: Tiberiu Chelcea
Date: Wed, 27 Feb 2008 07:49:57 -0800 (PST)
Subject: [Baren 35207] Re: questions about stretching paper
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Thanks everyone for the advice regarding calendaring and sizing catching -- this should save me a lot of pain with registration.

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Message 6
From: Blog Manager
Date: 28 Feb 2008 04:55:56 -0000
Subject: [Baren 35208] 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. (43 sites checked, five minutes before midnight Eastern time)


Site Name: Amy Stoner's Fine Art Blog

Author: Amy Stoner
Item: Gearing Up for a Show


Site Name: Olansa Cuttings

Author: David
Item: More Joy of Scraps


Site Name: Serendipity Artist

Item: Using wax paper rubbings to help with print alignment


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