Today's postings

  1. [Baren 38848] Deckled edges registration ("scottd - kaizen design llc.")
  2. [Baren 38849] Re: Deckled edges registration (Charles Morgan)
  3. [Baren 38850] RE: Deckled edges registration ("Mike Lyon")
  4. [Baren 38851] Re: images for online sales (Julio.Rodriguez #
  5. [Baren 38852] Re: Deckled edges registration ("scottd - kaizen design llc.")
  6. [Baren 38853] Re: Deckled edges registration (Barbara Mason)
  7. [Baren 38854] Exchange 41 off and running ("Maria Arango Diener")
  8. [Baren 38855] Baren Member blogs: Update Notification (Blog Manager)
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Message 1
From: "scottd - kaizen design llc."
Date: Mon, 11 May 2009 17:50:11 GMT
Subject: [Baren 38848] Deckled edges registration
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I want to say Thank You to all of you for your time and answers to the
inquires that come through this forum. Time is precious today and you
all take time out to help, offer advice and suggestions, and explain
your experiences. I appreciate it more than you know.

Question: The people who use handmade paper - how do you register
accurately with those deckled edges? I have not found an accurate method
yet less trimming the paper (obviously ruining the beautiful edge). I
also have not seen one posted (though I'm sure I've missed much
information about it). Is there an online explanation or information
available that I have not seen that is specific to the deckled edge? I'm
familiar with the basics of registration and do fine with a cut edge.

Thanks again.

Scott Damschroder
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Message 2
From: Charles Morgan
Date: Mon, 11 May 2009 18:19:25 GMT
Subject: [Baren 38849] Re: Deckled edges registration
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One of the easiest ways is to use "spring clip" registration and print all blocks on each sheet, rather than all sheets on each block.

Register the images on each block to a corner and edge of the block ... for example, say all blocks registered with respect to their lower right and corner and lower edge of their respective blocks. You can then use a taped down mat board L to precisely position each block on a backing board. Use spring clips to attach a sheet of (dampened) paper to your backing board. Gently fold the paper out of the way. Position your first inked block, flip the paper back over the block and print. Repeat for each block. Then remove the spring clips and your finished print. Repeat with the next sheet of paper.

Cheers ...... Charles
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Message 3
From: "Mike Lyon"
Date: Mon, 11 May 2009 18:35:52 GMT
Subject: [Baren 38850] RE: Deckled edges registration
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For Japanese technique, I trim one corner of deckle and adjacent side just
enough to allow kento registration - not much loss of deckle and I like the


Mike Lyon
Kansas City, MO
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Message 4
From: Julio.Rodriguez #
Date: Mon, 11 May 2009 19:12:52 GMT
Subject: [Baren 38851] Re: images for online sales
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Mike, thanks for the wonderful explanation on your process for scanning &
taking photos of your very large prints. I am envious of all your toys!

Just wanted to add that for anyone interested and needing to take photos
of many prints Mike had written an article about a Vacuum Photo Jig he
designed and built (circa 2002 !). Also check out in the same issue an eye
opening article by Maria on Art Festivals and an interview with our friend

I agree with Mike that usually natural light gives best results. Also
don't forget to check out your camera's macro focus settings for close
shots. A tripod is a most. If your camera has an option for using a
cable-release use that instead of pressing down the shutter with your
finger or else set the camera's auto timer on so you keep vibrations to a

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Message 5
From: "scottd - kaizen design llc."
Date: Mon, 11 May 2009 20:24:26 GMT
Subject: [Baren 38852] Re: Deckled edges registration
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Thanks Mike and Charles. I'm going to try both of those. I like the
trimming of the page corner, but I need to see how that looks. I'll
report back. Take care
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Message 6
From: Barbara Mason
Date: Mon, 11 May 2009 23:32:13 GMT
Subject: [Baren 38853] Re: Deckled edges registration
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this is pretty easy but I too had to have someone tell print with the top of the paper in the kento, so you are printing upside down. This allows as much room as you wish on the bottom edge and preserves the deckle. You do need a smooth edge for both the kento marks and sometimes people do just cut them into the deckle.
My best
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Message 7
From: "Maria Arango Diener"
Date: Tue, 12 May 2009 00:10:47 GMT
Subject: [Baren 38854] Exchange 41 off and running
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Dear participants,

Exchange #41 is officially off and running. A coordinator will be announced
shortly and the page will be updated.
Please contact the coordinator any time at this address:

Delivery deadline for finished prints: August 1, 2009
Please keep the official page handy for all the details, deadline and such:

Details of [Baren Exchange #41]
. Medium:Woodblock print (hand rubbed or pulled on a press, B&W or colour,
any pigments, any paper). Note: The Baren Exchange is a program for forum
members to create, exchange and display editions of woodblock prints. Relief
prints pulled from wood substitutes and wood-like materials, including
linoleum, corian, MDF, resingrave, and similar are acceptable as are
collagraphs. Coordinators are obligated to reject prints whose primary
method of production is by other means. For example: monotype, intaglio,
stencil, lithography, ink jet, laser, photocopy, etc are to be rejected by
the coordinator.
. Theme: My Window
. Image size: Any size and orientation within the paper
. Paper size: Oban, about 15 x 10 inches (38 x 25.5 cm)
. Paper type: No restriction
. Registration period: Three weeks starting April 9, 2009 -SIGN UP PAGE-
. Drop-out deadline: July 1, 2009 If you must drop out of the exchange,
please do so as early as possible in order to give people on the waiting
list time to complete and submit their prints. If you drop out after this
date then a penalty may be imposed.

. Delivery deadline for finished prints: August 1, 2009 -- if you do not
deliver acceptable prints by this date then a penalty may be imposed.

. Colophon information: Please fill out and submit the print information
form to send your print details for the colophon page the coordinator will
prepare as soon as possible after your prints are mailed.

Thank you and let's get printing!

Maria, Interim Coordinator

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Postings made on [Baren] members' blogs
over the past 24 hours ...

Subject: NAMTA 2009
Posted by: Dean Clark

The NAMTA (National Art Materials Trade Association) show has stepped down to cities in what is considered Tier 2. We no longer go to New York, LA, Boston or Chicago. but now we travel to Reno, Louisville, Induianapolis and Orlando.

This year's show in Louisville was no step down in my mind. Whether it's the economy or the difficulty in getting to Louisville, the show was not very well attended, but those who were there were buying. As with any NAMTA show, the highlight was the President's Reception. The reception was held at world-famous Churchill Downs, less than a week after the 135th running of the Kentucky Derby. It could have been the 136th, but I don't think so.

Most of these fine horses are expected to carry 126 pounds (including the saddle). This poor baby drew the short straw and had the equivalent of two jockeys on his back, but it didn't slow him up even a step - in fact he hardly broke a sweat!

It is entirely likely that if this printmaking supply gig doesn't work out, I may consider a career change. The silks that I'm wearing in the picture aren't the most colorful, but they could improve. Hey if the Derby winner went off at 50:1 how much worse . . .
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Subject: Exchange #40

This is a portrait of my brother-in-law, Robert E. Hummel, who is a set designer for films. People have often mistaken him for film director George Lucas and have asked him for his autograph. This was printed on my usual kitakata paper, oil based ink, and a wooden knob and ball bearing baren. The wood was cherry.

The first attempt rendered some bad design, so I had to carve a second block to fill in some areas, and to remove others from the first block. For this print, simple design is best.

2009 Gayle Wohlken

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Subject: Psalm 11
Posted by: Daniel L. Dew

I know it has been a long time, but I got hooked on FaceBook and was lax in keeping this blog up to date. Sorry. Well, on to one of my favorite "pages" so far. I showed you a bunch of the sketches and ideas a while back, but here is the final image printed on the "page":

I wanted to capture the image of the church being broken down, defeated, falling apart in the eyes of man, but yet, still watched over and protected by God.

I tried to create a sense of turmoil in the sky, but got the idea of including the eyes of God even among the chaos. Still watching, still in control, still the Ruler of all.

Once again, thanks go to my wonderful and insightful wife Lisa for pointing out that I needed to add the shadow in the foreground, which helped in creating a multi-dimensional feel to the print.
Almost forgot, for all my woodblock buddies, this was done and carved on a block of cherry wood.

I really struggled with the decorative initial and illumination, creating and then discarding idea after idea. Finally I found what I was looking for, at least the basis for the idea, in of all places a small piece of wallpaper!

I wanted something "alive", hope you understand, so I went with the vine idea.
I love the way vines not only grow, but many times overcome and sometimes take over the "host", so it fit well with the Psalm and it looked good on top of it all.

I stuck with classic colors, the deep blue and vibrant red, once again, it just seemed to "fit".
Here is the illumination, which as you will see is bigger and takes up more space than any of the previous illuminations.

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