to the Art
of Relief Printmaking
SW 116th Avenue
King City, OR 97224-2695
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on printmaking news, events, carving and printing tips, and
everyone's favorite, special deals!
To our long established and new customers alike, we'd like
to take this opportunity to introduce ourselves.
The newest member of the team, Brandon Stahlman, recently
graduated with a printmaking/drawing degree from Portland
State University. He's been experimenting with large-scale
woodcuts, printing with salt and sugar, and combining print
with other mediums. In October, he was awarded a juror's
award in a local juried exhibition.
Catherine Kumlin, on board since Fall 2001, has spent the
last year putting time into a cooperative gallery where she
recently exhibited a solo show of monoprints and drawings. Her
work was also accepted in a local juried exhibition. She continues
to enjoy working in her monoprinting class at the Pacific
Northwest College of Art in Portland.
The owner of McClain's, Alex Prentiss, studied drawing, calligraphy,
book arts and printing at the Oregon College of Art &
Craft and did letterpress and western-style relief printmaking
for many years. Six years after taking a Moku Hanga (Japanese-style
woodblock printmaking) workshop with McClain's previous owner,
Elaine Chandler, she continues to enjoy that style of printmaking
over any other she has tried.
Alex and Brandon (on a cold day!)
9" x 9" woodcut
x 25" monoprint
x 6" moku hanga
to keep your tools sharp?
A few quick strokes on our inexpensive Leather Honing Block
will keep your tools in top form without any danger of changing
the bevel. Many people find they very rarely need to use a
whetstone if they use the leather consistently. Honing Compound
(green in the picture) rubbed into the leather block speeds
up the process considerably.
To order, go to Leather Honing Block.
option is to send us your tools in need of sharpening (McClain's
tools only please) and we'll send them to Japan to be resharpened
by the very craftsmen who made them!
Professional Magari Bake (bent handled brush)
The handles of these elegant brushes are handcrafted in China
from one piece of cedar. The angled handle fits very comfortably
in your hand like a pencil and gives you optimum control while
dampening paper or applying sumi or watercolor washes.
The dense, Chinese sheep hair bristles are designed to hold
a great deal of water or pigment.
Available in five sizes.
To order, go to Magari Bake.
Art and Craft of Woodblock Printmaking
Woodblock Printmaking with Oil-based Inks
and the Japanese Watercolor Woodcut
by Karl Laitinen, Tuula Moilanen, and Antti Tanttu
No printer's library is complete without this comprehensive,
hard-bound book on woodblock printmaking.
The section on western style printmaking is 136 pages long,
while 117 pages is devoted to the Japanese style of printmaking.
Also included is a revealing history of woodblock printmaking
with focus on Japan and Finland, home of the authors.
Easy-to-understand illustrations, step-by-step color photos,
a glossary of Japanese terms, and even an international list
of helpful references and suppliers make this book a true
To order, go to The Art and Craft of Woodblock Printmaking.
past September, McClain's took to the road attending the Mid
America Print Council Printmaking Conference in Lincoln, Nebraska. We
were glad to get a chance to see and talk to many of you at
the trade show!
Thanks to our customers, the conference was an overwhelming
success and we would like to thank everyone who came by for
your interest and support.
Hats off to Karen Kunc, Print Instructor at the University of
Nebraska-Lincoln, for her work in hosting and organizing the
McClain's will be in the Product Fair at Power in Print, the
Southern Graphics Council International Conference March 31
- April 1, 2005, at the Capital Hilton in Washington DC. We
hope to see you there!