The Baren – Understanding the Purpose of Different Barens

Roslyn Kean

Artist, Lecturer, Director of The Stables Print Studio, Australia

This demonstration will show the practical application of a variety of barens from the strongest traditional 16-strand hon baren to the 8-strand baren, the various ball-bearing barens, plastic barens to the smoothest string and paper barens.

A traditional master printer would have many profiles of barens available to use at his print station and understanding when to use which baren is essential to printing effects and sophisticated printing.

The demonstration will show and compare the individual pressure potential of each baren through the use of carbon paper printing where no actual liquid ink is used. This is an ideal way to check and test the performance of your baren at any time.