Today's postings

  1. [Baren 40234] Re: Cross Hatching (John Dendy)
  2. [Baren 40235] RE: New Baren Digest (Text) V49 #5059 (Dec 9, 2009) ("Phare-Camp")
  3. [Baren 40236] Baren Member blogs: Update Notification (Blog Manager)
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Message 1
From: John Dendy
Date: Wed, 09 Dec 2009 22:20:37 GMT
Subject: [Baren 40234] Re: Cross Hatching
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Good Morning all.
It's 0730, a brightening dawn, and -8C outside the studio. But I
brought in the two hummingbird feeders last evening and put them out
- washed, refilled and baby bottle warm - a few minutes ago. Two
little beasties are already on the feeder that I can see from
here. ( - : And a little bush bunny has just appeared - foraging in
the frosty leaf trash left behind by the week's storms. : - )
A slightly off-centre view of using awls for engraving if I may. I
use the technique for decorating sculptural woodwork, especially on
chippy woods or on curved surfaces that will not stand up to the
weakening of the fibre surface involved in much of conventional wood
engraving. The most recent work was a sculptural bowl in an almost
luthier grade of Sitka spruce. I needed to embed an image of Sitka
twig and cone into the bowl and another, of one of the studio seals,
into the underside.
If anyone is interested in a quick primer on the technique please
contact me off list at the e-mail address below. Most wood
engravers will get the hang of the technique easily. I'll bring it
up as a page in the studio web site after the New Year and drop a
note here when it is ready.

Cheers, and the best of the season to all ...


John Oliver Dendy
The Treetops Studios
1813 Pastel Place
Saanichton, British Columbia

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Message 2
From: "Phare-Camp"
Date: Wed, 09 Dec 2009 23:39:44 GMT
Subject: [Baren 40235] RE: New Baren Digest (Text) V49 #5059 (Dec 9, 2009)
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"I was wondering if anyone has any suggestions."

Hi Jill:

I've been using Graphic Chemical water soluble relief inks with great
success. You can see some of the work I've been doing with them at

The colors are pigment dense and they are the perfect viscosity for relief.
You can use them straight from the can or modify with transparent base to
print transparent colors (I overlap the colors all time for CMYK printing)

It has a long enough drying time that I can walk away with ink on the slab
for several hours to a day and come back to usable ink. I have time to have
meals or run quick errands or take the dog to the park and come back grab
the brayer and pick up where I left off. The drying time for the prints is
overnight in dry weather or if I want them really quick I simply heat the
oven to warm for a few minutes put the cards inside and turn off the heat.
They're then dry in a mere 10 minutes.

Big Big bonus is they clean up with soap and water!!!

Hope this helps. You might call Graphic Chemical and ask them if they could
sell you samples to test the inks.

Happy Printing!

Patti Phare-Camp

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Postings made on [Baren] members' blogs
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Subject: New page with process slideshows
Posted by: Dave Bull

Now that the 'My Solitudes' project is coming near completion - only one print left to go! - I'm starting to re-organize the web pages. Over the past three years, I have been scanning each print at every stage of completion, and I have now made a new page with a complete 'printing stages' slideshow for every print in the set.

Please visit the Stages of Printing page and see the prints come to life as you watch!

This item is taken from the blog Woodblock RoundTable.
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Subject: Germs
Posted by: Annie B


I've got two plates ready to print. The way I was taught to do woodblock was to carve all the blocks I think I'll need, do a few test prints, and make adjustments before printing the edition. I've found that I have more fun if I make it up as I go, though. So even though I usually have a tight sketch and a plan, I prefer to carve, then print, then carve some more and print some more. I like to make changes as I go and leave some room to respond to the way a particular block prints.


That shape in the middle is going to be a large small pox virus. They're sort of lozenge-shaped with wormy bumps on the outside:

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This item is taken from the blog Woodblock Dreams.
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Subject: Almost Ready to Print
Posted by: Ellen Shipley

Faux image -- mirror scan of the block, colorized in PaintShop. About to print and see what needs recarving. ;- j

This item is taken from the blog pressing-issues.
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