Today's postings

  1. [Baren 40871] Re: Rives Heavyweight Paper: Front and Back? (tsmith)
  2. [Baren 40872] Re: The Mysterious Case of Disappearing Ultramarine ("Maria Arango Diener")
  3. [Baren 40873] New print (Viza Arlington)
  4. [Baren 40874] Re: New print (Bette Wappner)
  5. [Baren 40875] Japanese woodblock prints in Honolulu (carol Montgomery)
  6. [Baren 40876] Re: Storing Blocks (Barbara Carr)
  7. [Baren 40877] Re: Storing Blocks (Jan Telfer)
  8. [Baren 40878] Baren Member blogs: Update Notification (Blog Manager)
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Message 1
From: tsmith
Date: Sat, 20 Mar 2010 14:07:14 GMT
Subject: [Baren 40871] Re: Rives Heavyweight Paper: Front and Back?
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I tell the difference in the 2 sides by feel. The wrong side feels
smoother than the print side.

Trudi Smith
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
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Message 2
From: "Maria Arango Diener"
Date: Sat, 20 Mar 2010 16:34:31 GMT
Subject: [Baren 40872] Re: The Mysterious Case of Disappearing Ultramarine
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Thanks all for your insights on my blog entry on the ultramarine pigment
taking a hike on me.

An update on the disappearing ultramarine: Eli suggested perhaps the Kihada
paper was acidic and I tested it today. Sure enough, that's the culprit.
With a simple acid-pen test, the entire batch of paper seems to have acid
content more in some places than others. Needless to say for $16/sheet I
didn't even think about acid content; the paper must at some point have come
in contact with something acidic.

The New Hosho paper, which is kept in my environment the same way as all my
papers, tested neutral. Just for kicks I dotted several of my papers in the
same drawer and they are all fine. The last two sheets of Kihada I have left
tested acidic, more in some places than other. I wonder if the sizing
process introduced acid into the paper at some point; it came sized so I
don't know how it was sized or what was used for sizing.

Since other people have chimed in that they used this paper with success, I
must assume that this was just a "bad batch" and an accidental happening.

And thanks Gayle for ALWAYS spinning the absolute positive view. You know,
in natural light, the prints are starting to look pretty darned good. I'm
calling it an "edition varie" and chalking it up to experience. No more
mixing papers in a moku-hanga experiment until I know what I'm doing.

Cheerfully, Maria

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Message 3
From: Viza Arlington
Date: Sat, 20 Mar 2010 21:30:43 GMT
Subject: [Baren 40873] New print
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Hi All,
I posted a new print on my blog'm
not sure if the whole blog thing is fixed yet so i thought ......
I have to take back all the nice things i said about Masa paper. I used to
get it from daniel smith the catalogue said it was acid free but the last
time i ordered it it was thin and turning yellowish i looked at danielsmith
online and it was 77gsm instead of the old 86gsm and didn't mention
anything about being acid free. So if anyone out there can recommend a
similar printing paper that's not too much money i would appreciate it.
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Message 4
From: Bette Wappner
Date: Sat, 20 Mar 2010 21:39:29 GMT
Subject: [Baren 40874] Re: New print
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Hi visa,
I like the masa dosa from McClains. Its 90 gsm. Have used it for
one moku hanga print exchange and loved how it performed.

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Message 5
From: carol Montgomery
Date: Sat, 20 Mar 2010 21:57:30 GMT
Subject: [Baren 40875] Japanese woodblock prints in Honolulu
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Hi, All - I don't know if this has been mentioned before on the forum - the Honolulu Academy of Art has an extensive collection of woodblock prints. Here is a link - I checked them out last week - very beautiful! Sincerely, Carol Montgomery, Helena, MT
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Message 6
From: Barbara Carr
Date: Sun, 21 Mar 2010 01:54:04 GMT
Subject: [Baren 40876] Re: Storing Blocks
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The one thing I have organized in my studio is blocks. I wrap them in
newsprint, like a birthday present, taping the ends. I write the title of
the print and the date, plus any other pertinent info on the ends (the
blocks themselves are labeled, too). Then I stack them flat, one on top of
the other, in a great mail-sorting cabinet I bought from an office supply
place. The used blocks are all on one side; the other side has new
(unwrapped) blocks. I'm running out of room, though, so may "retire" some
blocks, such as reductions and finished editions, to really dead storage.
Hope this helps.

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Message 7
From: Jan Telfer
Date: Sun, 21 Mar 2010 10:13:42 GMT
Subject: [Baren 40877] Re: Storing Blocks
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Storing wood blocks will also depend on where you live...... whether in
winter snows or summer heat and high humidity.

I have been told that because Perth is a very dry climate and not below
0 C and no snow in Perth it is one of the better climates for wood
Stand them on their ends...I try and stand mine with the grain running
north and south and wrap each series together with plain paper in
between and wrapped in the best paper I can without going overboard
with "acid free", etc because wood is wood and paper is generally made
out of "wood" by products!

Be careful and I would advise not to store them in printed newsprint
because the printers ink is pretty lethal for staining woodblocks... or
our Australian stuff is and I think Rupert Murdoch also has interests
in the States.... so beware of printed newsprint.. mice love it too!!

It is important though no matter what climate, to store them away from
the outside walls of your house.... just like photocopy paper shouldn't
be stored on the floor, except on the second floor!

However, all this is unimportant if you are never going to use your
woodblocks again for printing and if they have been cancelled of course
won't be, so store them for your own benefit and for teaching purposes
and as you like depending on how precious they are to you now. It is
always interesting to repull some prints for the newbies after several
years of printing to see how much your skills have improved ..... now
that is fun ...........but you can't do that if they have warped.

If you have several blocks for the one print and used different woods
then storing them in any way won't be much good to reprint as age and
shrinkage will affect your registration.

Take care with your registration, carving and printing and Enjoy your
printing and use your blocks to look back on for reminiscing.


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Subject: Plumeria 18x24 (original woodblock print)
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