Today's postings

  1. [Baren 42750] Working large: pitfalls and solutions that worked for me (Margot Rocklen)
  2. [Baren 42751] Re: Working large: pitfalls and solutions that worked for me (Barbara Mason)
  3. [Baren 42752] new #47 prints arrived, last chance for folio cases ("Maria Arango Diener")
  4. [Baren 42753] Poly sheeting. (Graham Scholes)
  5. [Baren 42754] Re: Poly sheeting. (Barbara Mason)
  6. [Baren 42755] Baren Member blogs: Update Notification (Blog Manager)
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Message 1
From: Margot Rocklen
Date: Sun, 06 Feb 2011 00:40:02 GMT
Subject: [Baren 42750] Working large: pitfalls and solutions that worked for me
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I have been following the "big print" discussion, and am considering making an
approximately 24 x 36 inch moku hanga print - big for me. All the suggestions
about brushes, ways to place large paper on the block, etc., are so helpful.
Before last summer, I'd had a lot of trouble keeping my paper consistently damp
and avoiding mold. I had been using dampened chipboard and butter board to
separate groups of prints, and newsprint interleaving - folding plastic around
the whole pack, and placing it between hinged sheets of glass. Both board and
newsprint seemed to attract the mold before it showed up on the print paper, and
the board would tear and fall apart. While printing, I was very nervous about
what would happen next.

Finally, I tore up an old polyester (or whatever non-cotton bedsheets are made
of) sheet into rectangles, spritzed them with distilled water, used them instead
of the board, and used baking parchment paper interleaving between prints. I
would exchange a much used sheet for a fresh one, and washed the old one after
two days of printing. Also, I began working in the basement, where it is a
consistent temperature, but not as light and appealing as working in my upstairs
studio. Knock on wood, I haven't had those problems since, and have worked a
week plus on an image. Also, I took Dave's advice and rolled up my damp prints,
placing them in a plastic bag in the freezer when I had to go somewhere during a
printing session.

The latest set of 3 18x18 prints done this way are on the site Please have a look. Members of this group work in
diverse methods and styles, and produce some unusual imagery.

Margot Rocklen
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Message 2
From: Barbara Mason
Date: Sun, 06 Feb 2011 01:15:41 GMT
Subject: [Baren 42751] Re: Working large: pitfalls and solutions that worked for me
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Your work is lovely, great depth. I especially liked the monotype with the
houses growing out of the trees.. interesting imagery, it really made me smile.
I think your idea of the parchment and bed sheets is good, you can also use a
piece of plexiglas to hold things down and keep them damp. I have had very good
luck with that. I know some people have used plastic gator board, the stuff that
looks like corrugated cardboard but is made of plastic. I think they use it for
sun-deck roofing as it is light weight but very strong. It comes in several
My best to you
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Message 3
From: "Maria Arango Diener"
Date: Sun, 06 Feb 2011 01:28:37 GMT
Subject: [Baren 42752] new #47 prints arrived, last chance for folio cases
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Quick Exchange #47 update.

Received prints from:



























The following participants have requested a case from the Baren Mall.

I will purchase bulk and send your prints back in the case. If you want a
case, please let me know right away as I plan to order them this weekend.

They are $35.00


Bea Gold

Olek Wozniak

Erin Nolan

Diane Cutter

Andrew Stone

Preston Lawing

We have some understandable delays from snow-bound participants in the
mid-West and East US. Aside from that I have heard from almost all of you
and hope to have prints on hand by the end of next week? 28 prints is the
final count.

Don't forget to fill out the colophon info:

Back to the kitchen demolition phase!!!



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Message 4
From: Graham Scholes
Date: Sun, 06 Feb 2011 03:25:57 GMT
Subject: [Baren 42753] Poly sheeting.
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Does anyone know whether poly bags or poly sheeting has an acidities
that could harm valuable art work.
A friend needs to be able to package up works of art and yet be able
to see the image.

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Message 5
From: Barbara Mason
Date: Sun, 06 Feb 2011 04:52:43 GMT
Subject: [Baren 42754] Re: Poly sheeting.
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I think clear Poly propylene is inert, that being said, noting against work is
good except glassine or interleaving. But it depends on how you store it.
I have a lot of valuable work in clear bags.
I would call the local art museum and ask a conservator
My best

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