Friday, March 26, 2010


I've adjusted the comments to allow for anonymous posters so you won't have to do any passwords. I've left the comments unmoderated to allow for a free flow of discussion. If spammers show up then I'll have to start moderating which would be too bad. The blog allows for up to 100 "authors" so we may begin adding those of you who want to participate by making posts instead of just comments. I think to keep things manageable we should stick to Book Arts subjects, although if there is a person in the BAR who has had something like a medical crisis that others should know about it would be ok to mention that. If we do have trouble with spammers then we could shift to allowing only members to comment.


  1. "Transfers and Altered Images" was one of the books Karen brough to the meeting. I read it last night. The author,Chris Cozen, works for Golden and knows her products. She gives detailed instructions on several processes and posts pictures of the results from different materials. The book is well worht the$15. Design Originals had the site www.d-originals. I am going to buy a copy and try transfers again.

  2. Hi Benita!
    I just bought a vintage book on relief printing that is supposed to tell me a special kind of registration on my proof press. Guilt holds me back from letting myself buy more just yet. I was really impressed with the Purell transfer that Amelia did with inkjet transparency. Tonight am working up courage to make an improved monoprint plate made out of composition roller material. I now have the ingredients and the instructions. If it works it'll be awesome.

  3. Hi Lynn,
    Your comment on making a plate from composition roller material sounds exciting. Where did you get the direction? I have not tried to make a gelitan plate yet. That is my next project.

  4. Oh, Benita, I have been cooking up a storm! First I cooked the gummy worms and then the "original" gummi bears. The Haribo gummi bears weren't as good as the Target store brand gummy worms. In fact the two substances are very different. I was inspired by discussions at Briar Press (the letterpress site) You can do a search on that site for "gummy or gummi" or "composition roller"to find the various discussions. Some people are casting their own composition rollers which really intrigues me. One post was from a person who had cast his own compostion rollers and he revealed enough of a recipe to work on. I bought the kind of pearl hide glue he mentioned from a woodworking website and some glycerine. The only other ingredients were molasses, alum and brown sugar. I kid you not! Turns out hide glue really smells bad but I turned on the vent fan over the stove and soldiered on stirring over low heat till the water/glue mix got to 140 degrees. Then I added the other ingredients and cooked to 200 degrees and poured it into a square silicone baking liner--the kind that's red and has sides. I pre sprayed it with Pam for extra measure. The stuff foamed up quite a bit but I was able to scrape it off with folded pieces of newspaper as it was cooling. I hope to try printing on it tonight. The surface is so nice--firm and springy and yet sort of receptive. There's no need for refrigeration. Just like my expensive rollers on my press. After I can forget the awful smell I want to try to cast a very wide roller for my proof press so I can put roller bearers along the sides of my locked up form and be able to have reliable inking. I spent so much money on the largest roller of nitrile at McClains and it isn't wide enough to span my new large boxcar base that I'm using on the Poco press. I read that the gummy bear rollers were cast in artist vellum taped in a tube. Oh, and the smell is barely perceptible now on the monoprint plate.
    Lynn S


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