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  1. [Baren 41813] Re: Source for Silk (Plannedscapes #
  2. [Baren 41814] printing on silk (Lee Churchill)
  3. [Baren 41815] Re: printing on silk (Louise Cass)
  4. [Baren 41816] At National Gallery, Edvard Munch's 'Prints' reveal artist's methodical process (Louise Cass)
  5. [Baren 41817] Baren Member blogs: Update Notification (Blog Manager)
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Message 1
From: Plannedscapes #
Date: Tue, 17 Aug 2010 14:39:26 GMT
Subject: [Baren 41813] Re: Source for Silk
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Dharma Trading Company has silk yardage as well as silk scarves and shawls
pre-hemmed in such a huge variety of sizes and shapes. They have garments
as well. They also have cotton and linen. I do resist painting on scarves
and have used many sizes.
I have purchased a silk painting online from a Japanese woman and it does
not have finished edges. It is instead wrapped around a square of acid
free mat board and taped on the back. I framed it in an off-the-shelf frame
that came with a mat whose opening was an inch larger than the picture on
each side. I used foam tape behind the mat to offset the thickness of the
mat board that the picture is wrapped around when I framed it - just ran the
foam tape a bit out from the edge of the inside edge of the matboard on the
back of it, and then double stick taped the painting backer to the big
backing that sets into the frame. So you could print on silk and frame it
that way without a finished edge.
For garments and scarves and fabric:
_Dharma Trading Co. Homepage_ (
Dharma is prompt and products have been consistent in quality in the 4
years I have been using them.
Good luck,
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Message 2
From: Lee Churchill
Date: Tue, 17 Aug 2010 15:18:48 GMT
Subject: [Baren 41814] printing on silk
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Hi All,
For an example of moku hanga on silk you can check out:
Then go to the right tab (Collection search)
type in silk in the search bar (top left corner)
it will bring up a print called "Geese" that was printed on silk that was backed onto kozo paper.
The images are huge files and you can zoom in to see the fabric weave.
Because the silk was pasted down then the paper trimmed there's no fraying and the stiffness of the paper would have helped with handling...

If you want the drape of the fabric you could use 'Fray-check" or "Fray Block" on the edges - they are thin glues quilters use to control fabric edges. I haven't used them but I hear they are great and if the edges are going to be under a mat it would save the trouble and distortion of sewing.

For printing woodblock, if you want it to be washable you might want to look up silk dyeing online. Whenever I've heard of people colouring silk for wearing/washing they've used 'acid dyes' that are fixed with vinegar. Because silk is both a very smooth fibre and a protein my vague understanding is that it needs some sort of mordant (the vinegar) to help 'lock' the pigment particles onto the fibre.

I can't wait to hear/see how it works out!
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Message 3
From: Louise Cass
Date: Tue, 17 Aug 2010 15:37:13 GMT
Subject: [Baren 41815] Re: printing on silk
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Lee -'collection search' doesn't appear on your link?!
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Message 4
From: Louise Cass
Date: Tue, 17 Aug 2010 15:42:42 GMT
Subject: [Baren 41816] At National Gallery, Edvard Munch's 'Prints' reveal artist's methodical process
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I imagine most of you have spotted this - the pics and comments on the
variations of 'puzzle' woodcut of 2 women on the beach are
louise c

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Subject: Li'l 'Pus
Posted by: Ellen Shipley

I printed the cartoon on transfer paper and applied it to the blocks -- twice.  Got it backwards the first time.  ;-j  Still do that, no matter how much care I take.  I think I'm image dyslexic or something.  Washed off the transfer with alcohol.  Take two was a success.

Sure hope I got the registration right!  I'm not used to doing multiple blocks.  To minimize the areas of possible conflict, I'll work in indistinct edges on the background block.  I'll also only carve the initials on one of them.

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Subject: Stain 3
Posted by: Andrew Stone

Well, work continues....

I printed 25 onto Nishinouchi, an off-white mulberry paper and the blue didn't print quite grey enough and I think my earlier proof on white paper came out better. I'll take a little pause. Let these dry and decide whether to add another color or pass on the tie to deepen the color or just print a second batch in a different color scheme on white paper. I pulled this out of the batch as I plan on gluing one down face up on a hardwood block, carving the tie again and polishing the other copies to make the tie shiny and silky looking.

They are a bit less yellow than this appears on my monitor.

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