Today's postings

  1. [Baren 44008] Re: A question (Mark Phillips)
  2. [Baren 44009] A question (Linda Beeman)
  3. [Baren 44010] Re: A question (Elizabeth Busey)
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Message 1
From: Mark Phillips
Date: Wed, 24 Aug 2011 09:22:07 GMT
Subject: [Baren 44008] Re: A question
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I used to take my old blocks and arrange them on a table randomly, ink
them up in black or gray and print on big sheets of paper. Then I'd
have a random yet graphic base start to a drawing. Had some unexpected
results and very interesting to see separate ideas you've worked on
suddenly find new connections. And if nothing else it's fun

Mark Phillips
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Message 2
From: Linda Beeman
Date: Wed, 24 Aug 2011 11:30:53 GMT
Subject: [Baren 44009] A question
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Regarding storing and re-using blocks: While in Kyoto I saw thousands of blocks still in their sets just tied up with string. I usually just wrap them up in some newsprint, label them and store them sitting on top of each other in the basement, which is dry.

But now I am beginning to look like Kyoto. I'm thinking that I will never print that print again anyway because I have moved on. You can't really paint the same exact painting again, if you are a painter. So why save all those blocks just because I'm a printmaker? Just in case I get the hankering to reprint the same exact print? I don't want to.

I was taught to deface my blocks and plates when I was done with them - although I never have. Seems rather rude.

So I've been thinking, why not make new prints out of them? Recycle them. Make something new out of them - either a print or maybe a piece of furniture. I even saw a bento picnic box made out of old blocks! Stained dark with gold on the relief. It was beautiful!

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Message 3
From: Elizabeth Busey
Date: Wed, 24 Aug 2011 12:35:14 GMT
Subject: [Baren 44010] Re: A question
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My blocks are all reductions, so often they are completely carved away and not very attractive. Now I just use them as weights when I glue new lino to MDF.

But a few of them are left with a really beautiful pattern. I have been tempted recently to use damp paper and lots of pressure to do some blind embossing.

Otherwise, they might make some interesting garden steps...

Elizabeth Busey

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