Today's postings

  1. [Baren 40636] Applying flat transparent color over an area (Margot Rocklen)
  2. [Baren 40637] Blakes' TYGER ("bobcatpath #")
  3. [Baren 40638] Re: Hand coloring (of sorts) (Sharri LaPierre)
  4. [Baren 40639] Baren Member blogs: Update Notification (Blog Manager)
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Message 1
From: Margot Rocklen
Date: Thu, 18 Feb 2010 15:41:22 GMT
Subject: [Baren 40636] Applying flat transparent color over an area
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A solution I have used is to roll a transparent color through a stencil over areas I want to change. You can use a water base pigment such as Akua Kolor mixed with extender, or an offfset lithographic or etching ink mixed with transparent extender, and roll with a brayer or larger roller. I have also rolled through a stencil onto plexiglass, and registered my artwork, image side down on the plexi, applying even pressure to the back of the paper to transfer.

Another way is to roll oil base ink through a stencil (mask) onto wax paper or thin acetate, and place it in position over the area, then apply hand or baren pressure to the back of the wax paper/acetate. This way you can see where you are placing the transparent shape(s) and alter the pressure for a graduated effect.

One thing to remember is that when you are tansferring the transparent shape(s) from a a rolled up surface to your painting/print, the transparency must be rolled in reverse to print reading right. If you are rolling through a stencil directly onto your image the stencil will be reading right.

Margot Rocklen
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Message 2
From: "bobcatpath #"
Date: Thu, 18 Feb 2010 17:04:01 GMT
Subject: [Baren 40637] Blakes' TYGER
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thanks Louise

glad to know the card made it into Canada
can't wait to see your Blake's TYGER

i dreamt of two TIGERS last night
they were friendly but frightening

perhaps its because i have just printed 50 MORE to send to clients, friends and family

YES! slog on New Years Postcard People

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Message 3
From: Sharri LaPierre
Date: Thu, 18 Feb 2010 17:07:38 GMT
Subject: [Baren 40638] Re: Hand coloring (of sorts)
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You might try making an acetate stencil and using screen printing. It
is the best way I know to get absolutely even coverage. You can make
a small screen using an embroidery hoop large enough to cover the area
you're printing and a squeegie. You can find them in varying sizes in
a kitchen ware store, or if you want to pay more, an art supply
store. Waterbase screen printing inks can be thinned with transparent
base (also screen printing) to whatever transparency you're after.
You will need two people to do this, since one will have to hold the
hoop in place while the other pulls the squeegie. Or you can clamp it
(the hoop, not the assistant) to the table. (Maybe the assistant,
too, if they get snarkey.)

I think the easiest way would be to brayer ink onto plexiglas and,
using an acetate stencil, print it as you would a monotype.

Cheers ~

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Subject: New Print Series ... Opening Day!
Posted by: Dave Bull

Well, the 'teasing' went on a bit longer than I intended ... as getting the website ready took a bit of doing, but I am now finally ready to make the announcement on what I will be doing for the next couple of years after the 'My Solitudes' print series wraps up next month.

As may have perhaps been obvious when I talked about 'on your desktop' the other day - I am doing another in the 'Hanga Treasure Chest' series. Perhaps you didn't realize that this was going to be a 'series', and perhaps I didn't either! But it seems like a very good choice for a project for the next year or so ... given that it seems to be important to be 'price conscious' these days.

Here's what's it's going to be about:

- a set of 18 prints, issued one per month from April 1st 2010
- the set will include a beautiful wooden storage box (being made for me by craftsmen here in Japan)
- the prints will not be the small hagaki (postcard) size prints of the previous Treasure Chest, but rather the larger ko-ban size (13.5 x 20 cm - about 5 x 7 1/2 inches)
- the series will have a theme, and that will be:

'The Mystique of the Japanese Print'

What do I mean by that? Please visit the website to find out!

A couple more things to note:
- the pricing for this set is very aggressive. The prints will be $35 each, an astonishing price for what they are. This quality of print, and this level of production ... to go out at that price ... is a very special chance for collectors.
- on top of that - there is an 'early bird' special bonus gift available for all people who send in their order before March 15th. (I have to pay the casemakers up front, and you are going to help me do that!)

I am very excited about this series - I know, I say that every time! - but I fully expect this one to sell out over the next six weeks, before we even get under way! Please visit the site and learn more about the plans for this project.

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