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  1. [Baren 39594] mica ("viza arlington")
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Message 1
From: "viza arlington"
Date: Thu, 27 Aug 2009 17:37:18 GMT
Subject: [Baren 39594] mica
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thanks to all who replied to my mica question. being the impatient person that i am i started printing before i received the advice. heres what i did. my print is black and i am using colored iridescent powder. it was way too much when dusted over the top of the print area so i mixed it into my sumi ink for a much more subtle effect. if i had it to do over i would use oily inks. print the black first then mix the mica into some transparent base and do a rainbow roll with a few of the mica colors over the black. or what till spring. it is just too hot and dry here right now for water based printing to go smooth. or maybe i will clean my carpets and do some canning to get the humidity level up in here.

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Message 2
From: Carole Baker
Date: Thu, 27 Aug 2009 17:54:33 GMT
Subject: [Baren 39595] mica
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I've had some success using Pearlescence dry pigment from Daniel
Smith..... just mix it with the colored pigment I'm using. With a
reduction print, I'll use some in the first (lightest) printing and
the effect will show through the darker values. Or add to each
color, This probably isn't the same effect that mica gives, but is
attractive. I tried a metallic pigment in the color mix once but it
wasn't very pretty. D. Smith has a lot of iridescent and interference
dry pigments that would be interesting to try.

Carole Baker
Gustavus, Alaska

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Subject: The Other Side of the Story
Posted by: Annie B

Photo from PBS, "We Shall Remain" Part 1

After several weeks packed with illustration work, this week I've had a couple of days back in the studio. I've spent most of that time working on sketches for the next couple of prints. Nothing to show you yet, but I can tell you that I'm planning 6 or 7 new prints in the Pilgrim series. These next prints will tell the story from the Native American point of view.

In the early 1600s, the area now known as New England was heavily populated by a number of native peoples. In fact, French explorer Samuel de Champlain reported on his first visit to Massachusetts that it was too populated to successfully colonize. The people of eastern Massachusetts that the Pilgrims had the most contact with were the Wampanoag. Here's a map showing the basic tribal nations of Massachusetts (click to see a larger view).

If you'd like to know more about the history of the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag, I highly recommend watching the first episode of the PBS series "We Shall Remain." Episode 1, called "After the Mayflower," can be viewed in its entirety on the web site.

I'm so happy to be back in my moku hanga studio!

This item is taken from the blog Woodblock Dreams.
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Subject: My Best Ever Engraving
Posted by: Robert Simola

3" x 5" wood block engraving

The Center for the Book in San Francisco offered another wonderful class last weekend. This time it was a class in wood engraving with Rik Olson as the instructor. Rik is an absolutely first-rate instructor, and I have been assured that I can be just as good as he is if I only work at my engraving every day for the next forty years. This is the print I was able to complete during the workshop. It is without a doubt the best engraving I have ever done!

I have ordered a bunch of engraving tools, and I am waiting very impatiently for them to arrive so I can start work on another engraving.

This item is taken from the blog Robert Simola.
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Subject: Hand Coloured Linocut
Posted by: Georgina

I needed to find a present for a friend who is turning forty and I went through all my stuff and found this, I did this late in 2008. I thought I would post it as things have been very hectic and I have not had time to do much printing. I really miss it and finding this and going through all my prints made me want to get back to making some art as soon as possible! Just a few things to sort out first though so I have to 'hold that thought' for just a while longer.

This print consists of a grey cloured ink, printed first for the background, then the birds were inked in black and printed in the second printing. I then hand coloured with water colours. The print is about the importance of wetlands for the environment. The birds are creatures that depend on the health of the upper and lower water ways, and they are not just Australian birds, the wetland birds travel across the world and we are just one stop. The title of the print is....

This item is taken from the blog The Linocutter has a new adventure.
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