Today's postings

  1. [Baren 41827] Re: press i need one (Juergen Stieler)
  2. [Baren 41828] akua-kolor in moku-hanga ("Maria Arango Diener")
  3. [Baren 41829] Re: akua-kolor in moku-hanga (Aaron Gillette)
  4. [Baren 41830] Re: akua-kolor in moku-hanga (andrea #
  5. [Baren 41831] Exchange 43 is online (Eileen Corder)
  6. [Baren 41832] Re: akua-kolor in moku-hanga (Barbara Mason)
  7. [Baren 41833] Db Catalog ("Maria Arango Diener")
  8. [Baren 41834] Baren Member blogs: Update Notification (Blog Manager)
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Message 1
From: Juergen Stieler
Date: Thu, 19 Aug 2010 15:05:57 GMT
Subject: [Baren 41827] Re: press i need one
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I understood your mail that you have an etching press already, so why
not using that?

I am also thinking about a bigger printing press; I have a simple
etching press with rollers 50 cm (19.7 in) long but only 5 cm (1.97 in)

In the moment I plan a rather big lino cut project, and the paper size I
think about is a whole sheet of the wonderful 300 gr Hahnemuhle etching
paper of 80,5 x 120 cm (31.7 x 47.2). I learned that printing on dampend
paper is a much easier business, so I thought about a substitute for a
roller press and take a (so how to tell in English) grass roller
(thats's right?). Looking at ebay I found new ones, about 1 meter (39.4
in) long roller, to be filled with sand and have a weight of about 220
kg which is about 485 pounds. Maybe that is not enough for dry paper,
but I think it must be sufficient for damp paper. I Think on a farm you
might have something like this or know where to get or borrow it.
Instead of etching felt you can use an old woolen army blanket. Just an
idea.... Perhaps this link will show what I mean:

My best

Am 18.08.2010 21:29, schrieb Viza Arlington:
> well i have decided that i need a press. i have ran some small white
> line woodblocks through my etching press and they turn out so much
> better! Since i'm just a poor farm girl i will have to build it myself
> one little bit at a time. i think i have decided to build one of these
> till then i will just
> have to press harder with my baren.
> viza
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Message 2
From: "Maria Arango Diener"
Date: Thu, 19 Aug 2010 15:21:27 GMT
Subject: [Baren 41828] akua-kolor in moku-hanga
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For my next creation, back to moku-hanga with akua-kolors.

In the website and literature it is stated that, since they already have a
binder like tube watercolor, the akua-kolor can be used without rice paste.

Has anyone used akua with and without rice paste or anyone have any comments
about using akua without rice paste?




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Message 3
From: Aaron Gillette
Date: Thu, 19 Aug 2010 15:30:34 GMT
Subject: [Baren 41829] Re: akua-kolor in moku-hanga
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Hi Maria,

My contribution to exchange 45 was done with Akua Kolor on dry rice
paper. I experimented with using rice paste on some of the prints, but
didn't see any benefit.

- Aaron
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Message 4
From: andrea #
Date: Thu, 19 Aug 2010 15:36:31 GMT
Subject: [Baren 41830] Re: akua-kolor in moku-hanga
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Maria,I've been using it for about a year and I think it works the best straight out of the bottle or with some of their blending medium added to thin it out and make it more transparent. My experiments using it with rice paste were brief and didn't work out too well. I love the stuff, though. Enjoy!Andrea
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Message 5
From: Eileen Corder
Date: Thu, 19 Aug 2010 15:55:25 GMT
Subject: [Baren 41831] Exchange 43 is online
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Just a note to let you know that the exquisite prints from Exchange 43,
Typography, can now be viewed online.

Many thanks to Maria for getting it posted!

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Message 6
From: Barbara Mason
Date: Thu, 19 Aug 2010 17:15:48 GMT
Subject: [Baren 41832] Re: akua-kolor in moku-hanga
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I think you need a little paste as you are really watering it down, so there is
little binder left. Just my own experience and I was using the liquid monotype
inks. I was surprised how well it worked, but try it both ways
My best to all
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Message 7
From: "Maria Arango Diener"
Date: Thu, 19 Aug 2010 22:47:58 GMT
Subject: [Baren 41833] Db Catalog
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I just received my Dick Blick Artist Resources Catalog for 2010-2011. These
are so full of information on artistic products that I always hate to just
toss the old one into the recycle bin. Some descriptions are short but some
are pretty long and a good learning resource for??? Anyone??

Free to good home, free shipping; just email your address to: 1000woodcuts
at gmail dot com


PS Dan Dew if you still want the print you won by naming it: Terra Tribuo
Terra Partis, please email me your address



Digest Appendix

Postings made on [Baren] members' blogs
over the past 24 hours ...

Subject: Carving Background Block
Posted by: Ellen Shipley

Started carving the background block for the li'l octopus.

I started with the initials so I could use my toh.  I haven't used it much and I thought I should get more acquainted with it.  It got easier as ideas occured to me, especially while carving the S-curves.  I only had two boo-boos, one of which I was able to glue back down.  ;-j

I'll see what all I can use it fore as I progress.

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Subject: Further to the last post......
Posted by: Sue

Going on from my last post, I have now turned the composition 90 degrees to 'portrait' ratio, putting the split on the block on the bottom third (see red line on the scribbled rough). With a fair bit of compositional squeezing and jiggling it now misses all the vital components and can be gently eased out of a starring role.

While I was there, I have enlarged the rock samphire plants at the bottom, added a flying gull and given the whole image a cut-away outline. I like this version better.

Again, what do you think?

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Subject: A new block...and a challenge!
Posted by: Sue

A couple of blog posts ago, I showed a sketch of my next proposed engraving; the old lifeboathouse at Lizard Point.

The block I have decided to use is the last uncut block of my vintage early 1980's stock. I bought several good size pear and boxwood blocks back then (when I had more disposable income!). But my first attempts at engraving at this time were unsatisfactory and my interest and patience waned. Working in isolation didn't help and I went back to painting.

Blocks, burin tools, roller and sandbag all ended up in a box in the loft, surviving 3 house moves, until 2008 when the engraving bug bit me again. Harder. Out of the loft came my engraving equipment. The roller had melted, not unsurprisingly, but the new durathene roller refill fitted my brass frame and was even better. I had several of my smaller old blocks that had been engraved (with toecurlingly bad results!) resurfaced by Chris Daunt, who recreated a fine surface for my newer work.

This particular block is 7" x 5 1/2" , one of the largest I've got. It's pearwood, I think and has never been touched by a tool. The challenge lies in the fact that the block was made using three pieces, jointed and glued. One of the joints has over the 29 years in storage, opened out a little.

[Long item has been trimmed at this point. The full blog entry can be viewed here]

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