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  1. [Baren 39153] Re: New Baren Digest (HTML) V47 #4866 (Jun 26, 2009) (rebeccaroosman #
  2. [Baren 39154] caligo inks (Chris Wise)
  3. [Baren 39155] Re: caligo inks (Graham Scholes)
  4. [Baren 39156] Re: caligo inks (eli griggs)
  5. [Baren 39157] Re: caligo inks (ArtSpotiB #
  6. [Baren 39158] Re: caligo inks (Georgina Leahy)
  7. [Baren 39159] Re: caligo inks (Barbara Mason)
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Message 1
From: rebeccaroosman #
Date: Fri, 26 Jun 2009 13:10:47 GMT
Subject: [Baren 39153] Re: New Baren Digest (HTML) V47 #4866 (Jun 26, 2009)
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Message 2
From: Chris Wise
Date: Fri, 26 Jun 2009 13:54:42 GMT
Subject: [Baren 39154] caligo inks
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I have been doing printmaking for almost a year now. I started to have a
reaction to clean up solvents. So decided to experiment at home with
oil based
inks that clean up with soap and water. If you are interested in my
results so
far please stop by my blog listed below.

Or if you have any experience using the Caligo inks I would love to
hear. Also has anyone used the modifier Setswell with these inks?

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Message 3
From: Graham Scholes
Date: Fri, 26 Jun 2009 16:19:01 GMT
Subject: [Baren 39155] Re: caligo inks
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Hi Chris...

Do you know about this stuff...
What is d'Limonene ?
d-Limonene is the major component of the oil extracted from citrus
rind. When citrus fruits are juiced, the oil is pressed out of the
rind. Everytime I use this product the fragrant odor of orange
conjurs up the wake up feeling of a morning drink of orange juice...
lovely. As a solvent, d-Limonene can replace a wide variety of
products, including mineral spirits, methyl ethyl ketone, acetone,
toluene, glycol ethers, and of course fluorinated and chlorinated
organic solvents. d-Limonene is a very versatile chemical which can be
used in a wide variety of applications. It is extremely safe and more
effective than typical cleaning solutions. More and more artists are
using this as a hand cleaner. It is very effective to wash tool and
brushes where inks and oil paints are involved.
d-Limonene can be purchased at most Health Food Stores..
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Message 4
From: eli griggs
Date: Fri, 26 Jun 2009 18:05:59 GMT
Subject: [Baren 39156] Re: caligo inks
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Instead of trying new inks, use vegetable oil, like Canola or old Olive oil to clean up tools and blocks, with Joy or Dawn dish detergent to remove excess clean-up oil as needed.
I have had any trouble with it but Olive oil can sometimes turn 'rancid'.  I use it because I keep never used old oils for this, some tools and emergency lighting if ever needed.  You might even add a few drops of sandalwood or other essential oil to your clean-up bottle as a nice scent for your blocks. 

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Message 5
From: ArtSpotiB #
Date: Fri, 26 Jun 2009 19:00:42 GMT
Subject: [Baren 39157] Re: caligo inks
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Hi There Fellow Printmaker!

You probably know these, but let me share the below information just in
case it is helpful. It will be fun to read what the wonderful bareners say
about that ink!

The current way to do cleanup is to take cheap cooking oil (you know,
safflower or some such) to do the initial cleanup. Like attracts like, oil to
oil, for this excellent and environmentally good method. I also use it to clean
all but my paintbrushes while in the studio. I have used a diaper pail to
keep rags from leaking fumes into the work area. Some use newspaper to clean
off surfaces first. They'd belong in a similar container.

The next step is to use the cleaner, Simple Green. Or just water, depending
on your progress. I use Ivory soap bars and dish soap to control the
stripping of hand oils. Some use barrier creams while others gloves. I don't see
the barrier creams as good since we're using paper here. And like many
artists, I prefer to feel more than what gloves allow. Developing good studio
habits (you probably already have them) is the way. Most of the disaster stories
I've read regarding printmakers and other fields of art seem to include
poor to really bad studio habits. Coming from art schools does not seem to
preclude this. Rarely have I seen a classroom with decent ventilation, for
starters! (OK, all you Bareners, time to start fussing at me now!) Mind you, I've
been guilty myself.

I acquired an allergy to turp. long long ago. (I'm 60.) Tried all kinds of
ways to control the fumes. Now I use Synturp (high grade mineral spirits),
decanting it into wide mouthed jars for printmaking and oil painting. Cap it
immediately unless currently in use. This method saves on the costs as well
as health. Setting the jars aside for the pigments to settle for a few days
or longer is good. Then pour off the solvent. Naturally, being in earthquake
country, I keep the jars in a high sided basket on the floor. In addition,
place rubber bands wrapped tightly midway on the brush (oh oh, non baren
topic, painting!) to keep the solvent from creeping up the brush. You can do
similar techniques in various aspects of printing.

Allergies, be they food, contact, etc. are cumulative. Good studio habits
pay off over a lifetime. Fortunately one of the main ways towards those
printmaker fume disasters, smoking, has declined. Keep all the foodstuffs,
including beverages, at a distance. Walking to them gives the mind time to think
and precludes absentminded drinking of the wrong container.

Keep on printing!

ArtSpot Out
Benny Alba in Oakland, CA. The stuffed shirt gal!

Art is the visible face of any culture."

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Message 6
From: Georgina Leahy
Date: Fri, 26 Jun 2009 23:46:02 GMT
Subject: [Baren 39158] Re: caligo inks
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We started using an orange solvent, cannot recall the name, but it was discovered that it could cause the lino to deteriorate by some printmakers.   We now use canola oil and maybe a dab or turps or metho at the end, but usually some detergent and water,  When I want to get a lino block really clean I use some 'soft' steel wool scrubber with a detergent!  I never heard of anyone else doing this, so perhaps it is not for you!  One thing I have noticed about the printmkers where I am is that the female printmakers go for non-toxic process but the male printmakers slosh turps around just like the good old days!  My Aunty who was a silk screener in the 70's has a respiratorty condition, I think it is like emphysema  as a result of her work and the solvents so I urge caution and go for non toxic whenever possible and take all precautions when using solvents.  I have been told that some water based inks contain formaldyhide so you probably should watch
out for that too.  Also be careful when you cross the road!

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Message 7
From: Barbara Mason
Date: Sat, 27 Jun 2009 01:07:56 GMT
Subject: [Baren 39159] Re: caligo inks
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I have some caligo inks but have not tried them yet. I will report when I do.
I like Akua Intaglio inks, they clean up with water and dry by absorption into the paper. They will not harm or dry on the linoblocks. Use clorox green diluted with lots of water for all clean up. Then if you feel you need to degrease something use rubbing alcohol. Or use Dawn, mix 1 part soap to 8 parts water
For oil use any oil, vegetable oil is good. Use a plastic scrubber, like a surgical scrubber for skin for plastic vegetable brush to loosen the ink, wipe off and clean with water and soap.
You never again need to use any solvents with oil based ink. I have not used them for years.
My best