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From: Sherrie York
Date: Sat, 21 Jan 2012 21:26:46 GMT
Subject: [Baren 45038] Re: Blended blue and green
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Thank you, Marilynn! It was a "fake" roll... I don't own a roller wide enough for that block, so I rolled the top half of the block one way, then turned it around and rolled the other direction on the bottom half. HOWEVER... I just took temporary possession (two weeks!) of a friend's 16-inch-wide roller! I'm really excited to give it a try...

Sherrie York
Salida, CO 81201

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Subject: Mystique Series #18 : printing underway ...
Posted by: Dave Bull

Updates haven't been coming very regularly, but there is time for one tonight - printing has been underway for a couple of days, and there are a few stages to show.

I didn't actually catch the first one with the scanner, as it was just the blank beta block, to smooth the surface of the paper before doing the key block. Once that was in place, the key could go down:

The carving turned out pretty well I think. It would have been better to have used boxwood for this, but I didn't have a block this wide, and I don't want to take a chance using a jointed one, as the division would almost certainly show, if not immediately, then certainly after a few years has gone by. But the fine lines are there, and he even has rows of teeth ... (these images are all enlargeable.)

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Subject: Size Experiments: some results
Posted by: Andrew Stone

Sized Paper: Lite size Left/Heavy size Right

I'll lead in with the results and discuss the nuances after.

I can detect very little difference in the prints printed on my heavily sized vs. lightly sized paper. The bigger surprise was that there was little difference on the paper that had NO size.

My experiments are with a paper called Hosokawa and is imported in Europe by Japico ( a wholesale paper importer). The booklet at the store where I bought it lists it as: 90%Kozo 10% pulp and weight 39g/M2.
(However--different sources list the same paper as having 20%-40% pulp and I expect the proportion has changed in the last years.) There are other papers listed in their catalog with heavier weights and higher kozo percentages that weren't available at my local store but would be worth trying to find or convince them to add/order. (I'd rather try sizing a 70g/m2 100% kozo paper...).

The store-side sizing test...( a small amount of saliva placed on a corner of the paper) shows that it is rapidly absorbed into a big wet spot---showing that the paper isn't sized. (Do this discreetly--the owners aren't keen on you touching the paper much less spitting on it...).

My first sizing attempt of this paper: 40g glue and 20alum to 1L water was unsuccessful. The paper stuck to itself and dried wavy, puckered and uneven.
There were however some decent pieces within the whole sheet and these I cut out and have used for this trial.
This is called HS (heavy size). There is a slight sparkle/glisten to the paper which means there is a little too much alum or it wasn't fully dissolved.(New Hosho paper--available from Woodlike Matsumura in Japan has similar sparkle).

My second sizing attempt used 14g Glue and 5g alum per Liter water.
Because in the second try I didn't size all the way to the end I have some strips that are partly sized on one half and unsized on the other.

HS is heavy size; LS is light size; NS is NO size.

Sized Paper LS Left/HS Right: light betaban block and bright yellow (2 impressions)

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Subject: Playing Around
Posted by: Robert Simola

Madonna and Child--As abstract as I get!
5"x7" cherry wood block print on Somerset paper with Daniel Smith black ink.

It's fun to play around with new ways of doing things.  Did you  know that you can use dish soap to transfer an drawing onto a block?  I read about this technique in an old book on printmaking.  I decided to try it, and after some wrong turns I got it to work.  I painted the block white with some old house paint I had hanging around, and after the paint was dry I coated the block with a fairly thick layer of dish soap and transferred my  drawing by putting the drawing face down onto the soaped up block and rubbing it with the back of a spoon.  The transfer wasn't perfect, but it was good enough. The trick seems to be and having the block white, using the right amount of soap, and drawing with at least a number 2 pencil.   I tried to transfer an image onto grey linoleum but there wasn't enough contrast to be able to see the image good enough to be able to carve it.

I barely scratched  the surface with my one millimeter V gouge when hatching and crosshatching . . .
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Subject: February print
Posted by: Andrew Jagniecki

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