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  1. [Baren 39454] Re: Paper city (Sharri LaPierre)
  2. [Baren 39455] More steam-roller prints ... (David Bull)
  3. [Baren 39456] Baren Member blogs: Update Notification (Blog Manager)
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Message 1
From: Sharri LaPierre
Date: Wed, 22 Jul 2009 05:41:37 GMT
Subject: [Baren 39454] Re: Paper city
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I just received this from my son and think it is worth sharing. It is
not about woodblock, per se, but it is all about paper! It will also
make carving and printing an intricate block seem like a walk in the
park. Enjoy -

Cheers ~
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Message 2
From: David Bull
Date: Wed, 22 Jul 2009 11:36:38 GMT
Subject: [Baren 39455] More steam-roller prints ...
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Yet another gang of nutters printmakers are at it again with the
steamrollers! This time up in Canada ...


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Subject: [Forest in Summer - 11] : Back at the printing bench ...
Posted by: Dave Bull

Continued from [Forest in Summer - 10] | Starting point of the thread is [Forest in Summer - 1]

For those of you who haven't given up ... after all the interruptions ... here we are back at the printing bench.

But we're still not working on the Forest in Summer print just yet ... I have to get the book chapters ready for part-timer Ichikawa-san, so that she can start sewing. I printed out the body text pages at odd times during the past week or so, and got them all folded and collated a couple of days ago. But she also needs the cover sheets, and those take a fair amount of work too.

(For those of you not familiar with how I'm organizing this series, each print gets bound into a book, as illustrated here. Ichikawa-san and I do the entire process by hand, with me preparing all the components, and her sewing/pasting it all together. There is a page here, showing how the books come together.)

Anyway, one of my jobs is printing the decorative silver pattern on the book covers. Here's a quick snapshot of the printing set-up I use for this (clickable for enlargement):

The photo was taken standing on a stool looking down at the workbench. The blue cushion in the center is of course where I sit. The block - a pattern of pine needles - is positioned on a small printing stand that slopes slightly away from me, and which pulls forward over my lap after I sit in place with my legs down in the space below (full of chips of wood).

The printing paper is stacked face down on the wooden table in front of me (with my glasses and face mask on top). Here's the drill:

  • I use the roller (by my left hand) to roll out a bit of ink on the ink board (a piece of acrylic plastic), and then onto the block (I'm using a standard white litho ink).
  • I pull the top sheet of (dry) paper from the pile, put it into the registration marks, and then hold it carefully with one hand, while beginning to rub with the baren. (The baren is upside-down in this photo. It never gets left sitting right-side-up when not in use!).
  • The paper is then pulled off the block, and laid face up on the . . .
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