Today's postings

  1. [Baren 43032] re Baren 43002 Japan Relief (Jennifer Martindale)
  2. [Baren 43033] tsunami exchange ("bobcatpath #")
  3. [Baren 43034] McClains and paper (Barbara Mason)
  4. [Baren 43035] Shellac on Plywood (Guadalupe Victorica)
  5. [Baren 43036] Re: McClains and paper ("Haines, Annette")
  6. [Baren 43037] Re: McClains and paper ("Haines, Annette")
  7. [Baren 43038] Re: Shellac on Plywood (Graham Scholes)
  8. [Baren 43039] Re: Shellac on Plywood (eli griggs)
  9. [Baren 43040] Baren Member blogs: Update Notification (Blog Manager)
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Message 1
From: Jennifer Martindale
Date: Tue, 29 Mar 2011 15:21:27 GMT
Subject: [Baren 43032] re Baren 43002 Japan Relief
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Have been in Naples (Italy) and am just catching up on emails. Please include me in the Japan Relief project, and all praise for organising it. Jennifer Martindale (UK)
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Message 2
From: "bobcatpath #"
Date: Tue, 29 Mar 2011 16:51:46 GMT
Subject: [Baren 43033] tsunami exchange
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hello Barbara

moi aussi !

i would like to join the tsunami exchange

Gillyin Gatto
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Message 3
From: Barbara Mason
Date: Tue, 29 Mar 2011 17:26:47 GMT
Subject: [Baren 43034] McClains and paper
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Here are some instructions from McClains for ordering the paper at 50% off

Hi Barbara,

I already have a person who's interested in buying paper for the portfolio! But
she asked a good question - how can she order online and let us know it's for
the Baren Forum project?

The answer is when they are checking out, they will see a box marked "Special
Instructions." All they need to do is write "tsunami" in that box and we will
give them the discount. They will NOT see the discount on the acknowledgement
but we will take care of it here.

Please also remind them that Oregon does not have a sales tax, and the estimated
shipping cost they see in the shopping cart is always high. There is a box they
can mark requesting the least expensive shipping option for their order and I
would suggest they mark that unless they have a strong preference one way or the
other. The least expensive shipping is usually UPS Ground unless the order is
under 3lbs, and then Priority Mail could be less.

What a fantastic response you have had! It truly is heart warming. Thanks so
much for letting McClain's join in.

Alex Prentiss / McClain's Printmaking Supplies
15685 SW 116th Avenue PMB 202 / King City, OR 97224-2695 USA
503-641-3555 phone / 503-641-3591 fax / 800-832-4264 orders /
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Message 4
From: Guadalupe Victorica
Date: Tue, 29 Mar 2011 17:29:07 GMT
Subject: [Baren 43035] Shellac on Plywood
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Hello, Thank you Rachael, Graham and Eli for your shellac on plywood responses.
What is the proportion more or less used in oil/varnish combination and alcohol/shellac combination? is it possible to provide the name of a specific shellac or varnish. I go to Texas every now and then.

I have been thinking of this for a long time and I have not done it.
Saludos from Mexico, Guadalupe
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Message 5
From: "Haines, Annette"
Date: Tue, 29 Mar 2011 18:02:01 GMT
Subject: [Baren 43036] Re: McClains and paper
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Thanks, I actually did see this before, I just forgot LOL!
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Message 6
From: "Haines, Annette"
Date: Tue, 29 Mar 2011 18:03:32 GMT
Subject: [Baren 43037] Re: McClains and paper
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Oops, please ignore that last message please. Too many email boxes opened!
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Message 7
From: Graham Scholes
Date: Tue, 29 Mar 2011 18:31:52 GMT
Subject: [Baren 43038] Re: Shellac on Plywood
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The kind of varnish I use is call velspa ... which is a marine varnish.
The oil I use is tung ... used for furniture finishing.

I do not use shellac ....

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Message 8
From: eli griggs
Date: Wed, 30 Mar 2011 04:40:49 GMT
Subject: [Baren 43039] Re: Shellac on Plywood
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Hi there;

Though you can buy ready-made shellac, google "Bulls Eye shellac", IMO, it's is best made as needed.

I suggest you buy a pound of orange shellac flakes and some denatured alcoholto make small amounts as needed. The shellac flakes will store just about forever if kept airtight and in a cool, dry place. I have a tub of Behlan flakes I've been using for, maybe, the last 15 plus years.

Remember, for this application, more expensive grades of shellac are not needed. Avoid button-lac.

The made up stuff will also stay good for some time as well, if well sealed and stored so you don't need to dump your stock after your blocks are finished.

You'll also want a small digital scale but you can buy one for about $10US from Harbor Freight. Google for and printout an onlinecoupon for a 20% discount.

Make a small amount of three (3) pound cut shellac, dilute just enough of it to a 1:1 with alcohol and apply with anappropriatesized brush, in two or three light coats, sanding lightly between each driedcoat with a fine sandpaper. Make sure you buy a high quality sanding paper, such as 3M or Norton as you do not want pieces of sanding grit left on your woodblock to damage your tools.

Use a sanding block for the sanding to avoid uneven pressure. A small, cut-off piece of lumber is good enough for a block, but you can buy a nice rubber one from a home center or online tool supplier.

After each sanding, wipe down the block with either a store-bought tack rag or make your own by using cheesecloth and spraying it lightly with an oldfashion, sticky hair spray.

I've found that it's better to have the first one or two coats soak into the wood and end up with a light surface coat for my blocks. The shellac that soaks in also helpsminimize, splinters and fuzzy cuts, by acting a light glue.

I hope this helps,


Digest Appendix

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

Subject: Mystique Series #12 : printing begins ...
Posted by: Dave Bull

Neither earthquake, nor tidal waves, nor radioactive fallout ... can halt the progress of the Mystique series!

Carving is done, and we're ready to get the printing started ...

You know by now how these all start:

Followed immediately by the key outlines:

(entry continues here ...)

This item is taken from the blog Woodblock RoundTable.
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Subject: Not far off
Posted by: Sue

It's coming on by more good session engraving should finish it to first proof level.

This item is taken from the blog Studio Window.
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