Today's postings

  1. [Baren 42303] Re: primed canvas (Tibi Chelcea)
  2. [Baren 42304] Re: "Survivors" - 2011 Print Exchange ("Jeanne Norman Chase")
  3. [Baren 42305] Re: primed canvas (Louise Cass)
  4. [Baren 42306] Re: printing on canvas (alexg #
  5. [Baren 42307] Re: printing on canvas (Barbara Mason)
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Message 1
From: Tibi Chelcea
Date: Fri, 05 Nov 2010 14:23:37 GMT
Subject: [Baren 42303] Re: primed canvas
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Thanks everyone for advice. I wasn't too attached to painting on
canvasboards, it was just something that I had around and thought to
give it a try. I like the idea of printing on loose canvas and then
mounting it, will give it a try.

As for the stuff that I've printed so far, I sprayed a coat of
fixative on top; then I was able to draw/paint further on them without
having the paint smudge. It might not be an ideal solution, but since
these were just some small studies, it's OK.

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Message 2
From: "Jeanne Norman Chase"
Date: Fri, 05 Nov 2010 14:41:10 GMT
Subject: [Baren 42304] Re: "Survivors" - 2011 Print Exchange
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Remember me; Jeanne Norman CHASE. I think you have me mixed up with Marilyn. Hi Marilyn!
You are forgiven this time.

Sent: Thursday, November 04, 2010 7:15 PM
Subject: [Baren 42300] Re: "Survivors" - 2011 Print Exchange

Yes Georga, you are all signed up .for "Survivors"......

Here are the participants list so far:

Diane Cutter
Clare Caulfield
Mary Grassell
Barbara Mason
Julio Rodriguez
Georga Garside
Sarah Hauser
Marilynn Smith
Jeanne Norman Smith
Sharri LaPierre
Maria Arango

hey....where are all the male members ?

Maria had a great idea....what about getting all the original participants from ten years ago to take part ?????

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Message 3
From: Louise Cass
Date: Fri, 05 Nov 2010 22:00:20 GMT
Subject: [Baren 42305] Re: primed canvas
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Tibi - one word of warning - you can't really apply gesso to
unstretched canvas - it won't dry flat since it is
waterbased - so I imagine you're planning to print on the
unprimed canvas - however, if you're thinking of using the
already primed loose canvas obtainable at art suppliers,
most of the prepared stuff has a rather slick surface not
unlike the canvas boards - rubbing the surface with a cut
white potato (a practice learned years ago in art school)
makes the surface a little more receptive to paints, etc.
but stretching the print afterwards could dislodge/distort
the image as commercially primed canvas can be brittle -
obviously you'll have to experiment to find what works best.....
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Message 4
From: alexg #
Date: Sat, 06 Nov 2010 05:21:22 GMT
Subject: [Baren 42306] Re: printing on canvas
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Folks here have mentioned over the last couple of days using printing ink
to print onto cloth/canvas. I have a recent experience which has thrown up
a question or two...

I've recently printed a large woodblock onto thick linen cloth using
Graphic Chemical Ink and while the image dried in about 4-5 days and looks
great, if I rub my finger on the cloth, the ink rubs off onto my hand. Now
I need to apply some pressure for this to happen, none comes off if I
simply touch it but I figure that in the long term, this might be a bad

Has anyone else had this issue? Should I be spraying something over the
linen cloth to seal the ink in? The whole project of printing onto linen
was an experiment and while I did hand-wash the fabric first, I didn't
really know what I was doing (and still don't) but with that said, I'd
like to print on the linen again (I've got another 16 or so yards of the
stuff). I'm reluctant to do so if the ink is going to come off so easily.

This is also the first time I let a 'Printer' print my block for me. It
was a great experience, It was nice to have someone with a head full of
answers and experience there to say "maybe you should try this" or "Have
you thought about that first". I like experimenting but I don't like
mucking up prints that are 33x45 inches big!

Alex (from Brisbane)
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Message 5
From: Barbara Mason
Date: Sat, 06 Nov 2010 06:50:17 GMT
Subject: [Baren 42307] Re: printing on canvas
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You need to heat set it, either by ironing it with a dry iron (use a piece of
paper between the iron and the fabric) on the hottest setting the fabric will
take and do it slowly for about 5 minutes...or toss it in the dryer for 20
minutes on hot.
This should set it in and then you can actually wash it and none should come
off...some might off set to the paper when you iron it but it will not do it
after it is set.
This is my experience
My best