Today's postings

  1. [Baren 37776] Joining baren forum ("RAKESH BANI")
  2. [Baren 37777] Re: Hypothetical question ... (Lana Lambert)
  3. [Baren 37778] Transferring an image ("")
  4. [Baren 37779] Baren Member blogs: Update Notification (Blog Manager)
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Message 1
Date: Fri, 02 Jan 2009 15:09:23 GMT
Subject: [Baren 37776] Joining baren forum
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Dear Printmaker Friends,
Today I join this artist group to discuss about my views about
printmaking medium and also to listen others as well, the main purpose
is that I am attached with teaching Institute so here its important to
discuss about our related topics with you all printmakers, so I need
your help also.
so Happy New Year to you all baren mambers.

rakesh bani ,
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Message 2
From: Lana Lambert
Date: Fri, 02 Jan 2009 21:53:53 GMT
Subject: [Baren 37777] Re: Hypothetical question ...
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Date: Sat, 03 Jan 2009 03:08:50 GMT
Subject: [Baren 37778] Transferring an image
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This is a little trick for anyone who has a Vandercook or similar
press. I wanted to transfer a print using the Photocopy/D'Limonene
trick so taped it to a plate, misted the Photocopy with D'limonene
and rubbed it as usual. That didn't work fast enough so I ran the
roller over the block. The transfer was the clearest I've ever made,
cleaner by far than trying to rub the back of the print with a
D'Limonene soaked cloth; less D'Limonene and more pressure did the

Necessity might be the mother of invention but laziness and
impatience seem to spawn the odd invention as well.


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Subject: Painting studio - Coming soon....
Posted by: Kathe Welch


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Subject: Vantage Point
Posted by: Amie Roman

Dave & I went to Saltspring Island last summer, and wandered around for a day. Dave took me to a private warf on Fulford Harbour, from which you can look at some of the best marine life right off the dock. We had a great time looking there, then went for a bit of a hoof around Ruckle Provincial Park. Dave stood at the edge of one of the bluffs at Ruckle, looking out over the seascape, and I had to take a photo. The photo has been sitting in the back of my mind since then, and I picked up my sketchbook and rendered it in graphite (I'll have to edit this post later and add the sketch; I've not got my computer hooked up to the scanner, and I don't have a digital version of the photo).

I decided that I wanted to do the image in black and white only. This print was done with MDF and the Dremel; carving the fine lines was a bit of a trick. I had to use my v-gouge to define them a little better at the end, but overall, the Dremel worked beautifully. I'm planning on entering this and "Being Shod" in the Federation of Canadian Artists' Human Figure exhibition. As the deadline for submission is the end of January, and I won't be here in my studio until after the deadline, I stayed up late . . .
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Subject: Koi - experimenting with inks
Posted by: Amie Roman

I received some sample ink colours (yellow ochre, Cadmium primrose yellow, Cadmium red medium light, and I think one more, but I can't recall what it is now!) from Faust in their AquaLine series of water soluble inks (see here and here for my ink trials where I included Faust inks). I was in conversation with Peter Faust about wanting some other colours, and he again very generously sent me some samples to play with. I believe I received the inks in spring. I didn't get around to trying this until the summer. I was kind intending on blogging about this as soon as it was finished, but when I'd done my "last" layer, I didn't think it was finished, so I put it away until this week. When I pulled it out and had a look at it again, I decided that it was as finished as it was going to get, that I was happy enough with it to edition, and that I might try again but using the MDF in future. Again, this was printed with the black linoleum, which, I know understand, stretched under the pressure of the press (this was the first edition I did on the big press, I believe).

The purpose of this print was twofold: to experiment with my lovely new sample inks, and to try to create a print using very translucent colours. I really wanted the colours of all the layers to come through. Well, I succeeded, and hoped that the final colour would be more opaque, but it wasn't. As a result, the sloppy, er, selective inking that I'd done with the rather opaque cad red showed through more than I wanted.

OK, so here's the WIP:

The first layer is far to pale to see well in the photo, but it was enough to let some of the paper show through. It was a very subtle layer of mostly transparent medium with a touch of pigment, I believe the cad primrose.

The second layer is selectively inked to just add some darker primrose to the body:

The third layer is primrose with a touch of cad red, again just selectively inked on the head:

The fourth layer is now starting to show the volume of the image, the shading of the under-parts, and defining the fins. This is a very translucent layer with a hint each of ultramarine and raw umber:

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Subject: Being Shod - lessons in printmaking
Posted by: Amie Roman

The original photo for this print was taken by my grandfather. Mom has a number of wonderful old photos taken by her dad, as well as her mum's dad, and I'm hoping to translate some of them into prints. This photo was of a horse being shod in a logging camp. The background was pretty over-exposed, so I wasn't really able to get much good detail. So I didn't know what to do when I first started off; you'll see the background in the sketch is pretty vague.

Lesson #1 - decide on a background before you start carving. Because I hadn't decided on a background, I figured the first colour would make up the background by itself:

As a result, I changed my mind about the values in the drawing as I was working on the second layer. Then I decided on the background: I'd make it into the interior of a barn.

Lesson #2 - don't change your mind about values in the middle of carving.

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