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  1. [Baren 45028] Arrgghh,, wet prints!!! ("Jeanne Norman Chase")
  2. [Baren 45029] Re: Arrgghh,, wet prints!!! (Viza Arlington)
  3. [Baren 45030] Re: Arrgghh,, wet prints!!! ("Maria Arango Diener")
  4. [Baren 45031] Re: Arrgghh, wet prints!!! (Gayle Wohlken)
  5. [Baren 45032] Re: Arrgghh,, wet prints!!! (Lisa Toth)
  6. [Baren 45033] Baren Member blogs: Update Notification (Blog Manager)
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Message 1
From: "Jeanne Norman Chase"
Date: Thu, 19 Jan 2012 18:28:09 GMT
Subject: [Baren 45028] Arrgghh,, wet prints!!!
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Sorry to vent but I have all my prints finished for exchange 51 , and believe it or not , they have been TRYING to DRY for 3 weeks. I have had them in my drying rack for one week, then took them out one at a time and blotted them with towels, put them back in the rack and took them out 2 more times to blot. Today I tried again and they are STILL wet, well, tacky is the word.
Anyone else have this problem? And what to do?

Used Rives medium paper and Daniel Smith ink; blue and black. The blue dried but the black did not. They are due by the first of Feb. Do not think they will be dry by 2020!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Any helpful hints out there? I think this is going to change my mind about that oily stuff and start in with water based paint.

Jeanne N.
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Message 2
From: Viza Arlington
Date: Thu, 19 Jan 2012 20:04:30 GMT
Subject: [Baren 45029] Re: Arrgghh,, wet prints!!!
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I have had this same problem with Daniel Smith black ink. It seems to
be worse when you use it on top of other colors or on a not so
absorbent surface. I add a little cobalt drier to it now and that does
the trick. But that won't help you this time. you will just have to
wait it out. they will dry eventually.
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Message 3
From: "Maria Arango Diener"
Date: Thu, 19 Jan 2012 20:09:09 GMT
Subject: [Baren 45030] Re: Arrgghh,, wet prints!!!
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Absolutely, and they will dry "suddenly"! which is very weird. One moment
still sticky, next moment dry...maybe the ink has a timer.

If you don't like cobalt drier, which I can understand, try Japan drier. Or
next time add a bit of set-swell to the lower layer of ink if you plan on
overprinting. The top layer is probably preventing the lower layer from
drying properly.
But inks are quirky by batches and sometimes these things just happen,
especially when two or more inks are layered.


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Message 4
From: Gayle Wohlken
Date: Thu, 19 Jan 2012 21:15:01 GMT
Subject: [Baren 45031] Re: Arrgghh, wet prints!!!
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I often use Daniel Smith black over colors, but I do use Kitakata paper, and it's an absorbent paper. Even so, the black takes longer to dry than the colors, but within a week it's dry to the touch. So, Jeanne, maybe the paper you are using isn't right for the job. Also, I would suggest using thinner layers of black, i.e. two thin layers of black rather than one thick layer.

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Message 5
From: Lisa Toth
Date: Fri, 20 Jan 2012 01:31:42 GMT
Subject: [Baren 45032] Re: Arrgghh,, wet prints!!!
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I've been using Caligo Safe Wash Relief Ink and have been very happy with it. It is oil based, but cleans up with soap and water - doesn't get easier. I've printed black on top of 2 layers of color and prints were dry in a week. The other advantage to this ink is that it is very low odor which is important as my studio is in what used to be the dining room. McClain's, Graphic Chemical, and Dick Blick (online store only) all carry this ink.

Good luck with the drying!


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There are plenty of days, or even moments throughout days, when I question my efforts as a printmaker. Maybe I should be pursuing some other career...

But then I put a blended roll of blue and green inks on a block and doubt just melts away. Seriously. Would someone who wasn't a printmaker feel a chill up their spine when confronted with this? I kinda doubt it.

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