I was wondering if anyone out there knows of a press manufactured by Polymetaal in Holland that is specific to relief printing and is here in the US? I've heard some really great things about it .
Thanks. If you can get back to me at my regular email address, that would be best, since I don't go on the digest as frequently. I appreciate any help you may have.
I don't think I've tried maple. I may give it a try. Maybe. I think I'll wait a while yet!
I have my strop always by my side too. They don't dull as easily if I just keep them in good shape. But the birch just wrecked my blades. After snapping/chipping so many blades at least I'm getting better at sharpening.
Now my tools are either super sharp or I need to be more careful with the shina. I've zipped a few pieces off that I didn't intend to.
Interesting as I read the comments about working with the harder woods
the one thing that came to mind is USE YOUR STROP. To me the
advantages of working on a nice block of cherry, maple or other hard
wood out weighs the disadvantages of shina. I can't imagine sticking
to shina. Smooth lines, detail without chipping and that nice piece of
hard is wonderful. I must be a bit spoiled living in the Pacific
Northwest around all that wonderful wood. I can go into a lumber yard
and dig through the scrap bin and come up with nice stuff. Even if you
want to print a larger piece of paper one can always use a smaller
block that is well centered and it can look fab. I would rather go
smaller than stick with something that does not hold the line and
chips out easily. And use my strop often to keep an edge to my tools!
Yes I am back. Believe it or not I could not even read my daily Baren
list for a month. Still in Nevada, I fly tuesday to Baja to oversee a
condo remodel and than I will take this itsy bitty teeny weeny fifth
wheel on to Washington where I can live in MY HOUSE!!
Now I can wonder how the change in my life will effect my art.
I've been writing this same message for a month and it never shows in the digest. David H suggested that I resubscribe, so I did and now we will see if this one goes through.
Mold: I've had paper go bad when I held it too long in the fridge. Feeling I had nothing to lose I threw it (gently) into a weak chlorine bleach bath and let it soak until the spots were gone. Then rinsed, rinsed, rinsed and air dried. Had the sun been out I would have dried them in the sun. After this treatment I used the paper to proof and nothing untoward ever happened. I saved a proof to see if time would be the killer. It wasn't. Later, I had a print I was working on get mold spots on some of the sheets, so (after drying and brushing) into the chorine bath with the batch. It did nothing to the color, only removed the mold, and was good to go again. While soaking the paper I also threw my brushes in and cleaned all of my tools, too. Me Mum always said, "Better safe than sorry"...
I'm wondering if the old fashioned soak in lemon juice and dry in the sun would work. The next time I have mold and sun simultaneously I'll try it. Meanwhile, anyone else who lives in a sunnier climate might get to that before I do. ;-)
Sorry about the two posts, but I forgot to comment on the wood. Cherry is wonderful, but - it seems there are different kinds of cherry. The cherry plywood from McClains is great for when you need those sharp fine lines (if you are accomplished enough to get them!!) Or, I have had good luck with the cherry from the hardwood specialty store. As for the different kinds of cherry maybe another forum member knows about this. Bing, Queen Anne, tart pie cherries? Who knows?
Cheers, again ~
I will be in Spain for the month of November, and need a catsitter for my 3 cats.
I also have a year-old Whelan etching press, and the thought occurred to me that while I'm off on an art adventure, I can offer one as well.
Is there anyone interested in taking care of cats in exchange for use of a press, while staying in a cozy cottage in beautiful Santa Cruz, CA?
Perfect for anyone printing etchings, lithographs, relief prints who needs more press time. Or perhaps you usually do moku hanga and want to try something different? Here's your chance.
The deal: You must love cats. I'd prefer one person staying with them for the entire month, but would be willing to consider two people staying two weeks each. Press and ink is on me, paper is your responsibility. References will be checked.
If anyone is interested, please email me off list for more details.
To all Bareners from Carol Lyons
I am very sorry to anyone who received a puzzling e-mail. My computer was
hacked yesterday and the hacker sent e-mails to many of my contacts. I did
not send them.
My computer man helped me fix this problem. The password was changed and
my e-mail is secure now.
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Subject: Mixed Feelings #5 - Piles
Posted by: Annie B
MIXED FEELINGS #5: PILES
Japanese-method woodblock (moku hanga) with transfer drawing
Image size: 10.25" x 17" (26 x 43 cm)
Paper size: 12.5" x 19" (63.5 x 98 cm)
Paper: Shikoku White
This is the fifth print in a series examining figures of speech about money that use the same metaphor for both wealth and poverty. The "pile" in this image is based on a photograph of a pile of dried cow dung. The words in black are modeled on my father's handwriting.
Four more to go in this little series of works.
This item is taken from the blog woodblock dreams.
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Subject: Copper Piece Installed
Posted by: Sharri
Finally, the copper engraving of the creek, horse shoes, fir boughs and holly is mounted and installed. I have to admit, it really does look pretty darned good in its new home. Son Don was enlisted for aid in getting the piece installed - it wouldn't - couldn't - have happened without him. We figured it weighed about 25 lbs. and was approximately 38" x 36" - rather unwieldy, anyway. Here it is in its final home:|
The front door is to the right where the mat is. The walk from the street to the front door is quite a bit longer than shows in this photo.
This is a closer look, but it is still a bit difficult to make the image out if you don't know what you're looking for! Somewhere, in a previous entry there may be a better photo, but darned if I know how to find out without risking the loss of everything I've just entered. I wish they would forgo the well intended improvements and leave things the same on things like this. We closet luddites lead a rough life!
Next I am on to a project I've wanted to do for a . . .
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This item is taken from the blog Rag & Bone.
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