Today's postings

  1. [Baren 30098] Re: Kris introduction and blogs (Annie Bissett)
  2. [Baren 30099] American Print Alliance (Barbara Mason)
  3. [Baren 30100] about exchange #27 ("Robert Viana")
  4. [Baren 30101] Re: Anyone here? (Bette Norcross Wappner)
  5. [Baren 30102] blogs and stuff (Barbara Mason)
  6. [Baren 30103] March 13-17 hanga workshop in Connecticut (Mike Lyon)
  7. [Baren 30104] Woodcut Listings (Myron Turner)
  8. [Baren 30105] Have any of you heard of this? ("Robert Viana")
  9. [Baren 30106] Re: new prints online - blogging (Julio.Rodriguez #
  10. [Baren 30107] Re: Have any of you heard of this? ("M Pereira")
  11. [Baren 30108] Thanks for the reply. (Salsbury)
  12. [Baren 30109] Baren Member blogs: Update Notification (Blog Manager)
  13. [Baren 30110] Re: New Baren Digest (Text) V34 #3369 (Feb 14, 2006) ("carol wagner")
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Message 1
From: Annie Bissett
Date: Tue, 14 Feb 2006 09:17:34 -0500
Subject: [Baren 30098] Re: Kris introduction and blogs
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Kris Shanks wrote:
"I'm mostly a painter, but also create wood and linoleum
block prints in the traditional western fashion. I've been trying
Akua Intaglio inks, and I'm not really happy with them, so I'm
thinking about trying moku-hanga "

Kris, your prints are lovely as are your landscape paintings. I think you'd
really like moku hanga. The colors are somehow "softer" with that method,
great for landscapes. Taking a class in moku hanga really helps with the
steep learning curve and gets you off to a quick start, so I hope you can
find a class out your way. Keep us posted!
Sue Salsbury wrote:
"Is anyone here? I miss you.
As my computer runs some what slow I have chosen not to do the Blog thing.
It does seem that everyone else has and Baren is now a ghost list."

I'm one of the bloggers, but I've been wondering about the "blog drain" too,
so I can understand your concern. I personally like having a blog because it
allows me to show process pictures and to muse about various aspects of moku
hanga without worrying that I'm clogging up the Baren Forum with stuff
that's too personal or not relevant. I also enjoy visiting others' blogs.
Seeing Mike Lyon's little videos of his ingenious contraptions for making
giant prints has been spectacular. But I too love getting the Digest every
morning. It's my favorite piece of email! And I always come to the Forum
when I have a question or get stuck. I don't know what I'd do without it. In
some ways, being directed to someone's blog isn't much different than being
directed to someone's web site, but the fact that the blog updates are
automated makes the "invitation" much less personal. If I were posting work
on my web site and inviting Bareners to take a look I'd have to write a nice
note to the list. Perhaps that's part of what's missing. I'll be interested
to hear other folks' opinions on this.
Gayle, I've had palm pain from carving, but not lumps! The pain has taught
me to hold my tools differently. (Pain has also driven me to start using a
ball-bearing baren.) You have a deadline; can you hold the tool a different
way for now and then address the larger problem with a doctor or PT? Good

Nice to see everybody this morning.

Annie B in snowy Massachusetts
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Message 2
From: Barbara Mason
Date: Tue, 14 Feb 2006 07:27:40 -0800 (PST)
Subject: [Baren 30099] American Print Alliance
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This is a forwarded message from the American Print Alliance.
All Baren members are members of the American Print Alliance Council of printmaking non-profits (we are soon to be an actual non-profit, we are waiting the final paperwork), so if you want the discount be sure to tell her you are a member of the Baren Forum. I am your representative with this group so I can answer some questions but most should be directed to Carol.
Best to all,

Subject: Contemporary Impressions, The Journal of the American Print

Dear Printmakers, Papermakers and Book Artists,

Please don't forget to send your 2006 Contemporary Impressions
or renewal right away. We are ready to update the competitive exhibits
with a big batch of new opportunities that you won't want to miss;
need a current password to access that section of our site, And send a slide for our website's Print Bin,
another free benefit for subscribers! (Remember to send your signed
permission form with your slide, find the link here:

Many of you depend on SGC conference registration as a reminder to
to Contemporary Impressions, but it isn't on the form this year
(simpler for
the host institution to accept online conference fees). However, you
don't need a form, just send a check to:

The American Print Alliance
302 Larkspur Turn
Peachtree City GA 30269-2210

* Member of an Alliance council, still just $30
* Individual (not a member of an Alliance council), $37
* Full-time student, $15, enclose a photocopy showing at least 9
* School, museum, library (or any subscription paid by an institution's
check), $54
Please add 6% sales tax if your address is in Georgia.
See our website for postage outside the U.S., for converting Canadian
dollars, and for back issues:
We can also accept credit cards using the PayPal button on that page;
add $1.50 to cover those fees.

Thank you! (And a special thank-you if your check is in the mail.)

Dr. Carol Pulin, director, American Print Alliance
non-profit consortium of printmaker's councils
302 Larkspur Turn, Peachtree City, GA 30269,

Please forgive us if you receive this message more than once, we're
all our lists.
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Message 3
From: "Robert Viana"
Date: Tue, 14 Feb 2006 13:41:20 -0200
Subject: [Baren 30100] about exchange #27
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Hello everyone,
I am writing to send my sincere apologizes. I am one of those that are late in sending my prints, and for that I am sorry. However, I have relatively good news. They are almost 100% complete.
I have been printing them for about a month now. I have had terrible results. I mean terrible.
I have learned in this exchange that I have a lot to learn. The fraise "keep it simple stupid" should really have applied to me but I got in over my head faster than I had anticipated. The carving went very well. But the color layouts did not.
Anyway, I have learned a lot in a very short time and I assure you this will not happen again. I am usually very punctual. I have been suffering from a tremendous amount of guilt in my tardiness and have been printing nightly to get them done. They have not been good enough to send, until last night. Things just all seemed to fall into place all of a sudden. The paste was perfect, the pigments were combining and printed in the right order, the paper was staying moist enough and not sticking to my block. Last night was a success. I finish tonight and they will be sent the second they dry. I apologize to Baren and my fellow exchangers. I was right on time, then disaster.
Best wishes
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Message 4
From: Bette Norcross Wappner
Date: Tue, 14 Feb 2006 10:48:04 -0500
Subject: [Baren 30101] Re: Anyone here?
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Bette Norcross Wappner wrote:

> Hi Sue,
> I'm here. So nice to hear from you. In addition to the Forum, I read
> the Blogs listed in the Baren Blog Manager post. I rarely comment
> anymore to BarenForum only try to welcome newcomers and congratulate
> those who have accomplishments and such. But now I hold my opinions
> for those who are more experienced and have more energy than I do.
> Bette.

After reading my post, I realize that I didn't phrase my intended
thoughts very well! What I meant to say was that since life has been so
hectic for me lately, I haven't had the time to post much. I mainly
enjoy just reading the forum posts and the Blogs of those who have more
artistic energy than I do! Their works are very inspiring and

Sue, I know how frustrating it is to have to wait for the computer to
load so many photos. Wish there was a faster way for those with slower
connections, etc. to access such websites and blogs. Have you tried a
different browser? Wish I knew more about computers to offer you some
advice. In the meantime...maybe the "bloggers" here can share more of
their successes at the forum as well.

Blessings and musings to all,
Bette Wappner
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Message 5
From: Barbara Mason
Date: Tue, 14 Feb 2006 08:00:06 -0800 (PST)
Subject: [Baren 30102] blogs and stuff
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Good morning Baren,
So we have been quiet....probably afraid to post anything not woodblock related..hahahaha.

I wanted to comment on the blogs. I have been watching them daily and have really enjoyed the progress made in the individual prints. I think this adds another dimension to the baren as it has always been hard to get images on the site, certainly it has taken too much time. Being able to go daily to see prints develop has been a real plus for me and I am sure encouraging to beginners. I have always loved Dave's site where he shows how he does one step by step. If you have never taken this tour of Dave's work, today is a good time...
especially as he is "restructuring his workforce" if you read his last blog. I am anxious to see what comes of this.

I appreciate the necessity for being on time with everything, but my life does not seem to have "on time" in it some months. I got sick the week before prints were due in the last all hanga exchange...when I should have been printing, of course. This is my first real day of good health so I am starting to print today. I am sorry I am late, but sometimes there is no choice. I should have had them done a month early and there are times I have been able to do that, this is not one of them. I seemed doomed from the start, I read it wrong and carved my blocks for the 10x15 size paper...ooops. This slowed me down also, deciding how to handle it. So do I cut the blocks down? No, I have decided to print them and cut the prints down, so this will be a hanga bleed print. Not usual but think it will be fine as I will only lose an inch on each side of the actual image.
So, I am off to the studio, feeling very good that I feel good. It seems like weeks and weeks that I have been down and out. Wish I could keep this feeling of feeling so good and appreciate it. But soon I will forget and not appreciate feeling fine.

All the mall stuff also got a little delayed so am shipping catalogs and cases and prints of Mt Fuji today also..please accept my apology for the delay. Fortunately Bridget has taken care of the orders to Japan so there was no delay there except the ones we have no control over. If you do not receive your order in a timely fashion. let me know!
Best to all,
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Message 6
From: Mike Lyon
Date: Tue, 14 Feb 2006 10:06:29 -0600
Subject: [Baren 30103] March 13-17 hanga workshop in Connecticut
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Chris from the Center for Contemporary Printmaking called a moment
ago to say that their March 13-17 "Traditional Japanese Woodblock
Printmaking" workshop has eight printmakers signed up -- there is
room for only two more -- so if you've been thinking about taking a
moku-hanga workshop, this promises to be a good one! See for complete information...

-- Mike

Mike Lyon
Kansas City, Missouri
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Message 7
From: Myron Turner
Date: Tue, 14 Feb 2006 11:36:43 -0600
Subject: [Baren 30104] Woodcut Listings
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About a week ago I reported on my blog that I was playing around with a
new tool called Smarty, which works with the PHP programming language to
create web pages. As an exercise I began to put together a web page
with listings for both of my interests--new media and woodblocks.

I got carried away with the woodblock side of things and began to go
through all of the google listings. I thought I had my life's work ahead
of me when I saw that for "woodcut", there were between 1.99 and 2.1
million hits! So, I began to go rather cautiously and selectively
though the listings. My aim was to find all of the "omnibus" type
listings I could find--i.e not web sites exclusively for individual
artists, such as ones each of us might make for our own work. But sites
with a larger utility. At the same time, I couldn't help noticing sites
devoted to individual artists that had historical interest; so I
included some of these.

You can imagine my shock when I had gone through about 900 listings and
google announced that the remaining 1.99 million were duplicates! Well,
I didn't have the courage to go back through and see if my caution had
missed anything pertinent. But I did try some other search terms--for
instance "woodblock", which turns up more hanga related sites, and has
many fewer listings.

You can find my listing at:
Click on "Woodblock".

If anyone has anything to add, please write me off list. I'd like to
make the list as useful and complete as possible. Does anyone have any
sites for early --pre-Ukiyo-e-- Japanese prints or Korean prints?

If you click on "Announcements", you'll find listings for print



Myron Turner
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Message 8
From: "Robert Viana"
Date: Tue, 14 Feb 2006 16:11:23 -0200
Subject: [Baren 30105] Have any of you heard of this?
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Have any of you members heard of the 'book' "Face to Face - Twelve Contemporary American Artists Interpret Themselves" in a Limited Edition of Original Wood Engravings?
It is such a great treasure of wood engraving prints! These artists just blow my mind with the skill and detail.
There are Original prints from Fred Becker, Jack Coughlin, John De Pol, Fritz Eichenberg, James Grashow, Judith Jaidinger, Stefan Martin, Michael McCurdy, Barry Moser, Gillian Tyler, (and) Herbert Waters. With an Introduction by Leonard Baskin, and a dedication print by Lynd Ward.
The set came with actually 2 full sets of signed prints. One numbered and one un-numbered. If any of you have a chance to find this 'book', get it. There are two styles. One is around $350 to $750 and the other is around $1000 and up. The latter is is a wood encased version. The former a boxed set.
Check it out if you have not heard of it.
Cheers, Rob
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Message 9
From: Julio.Rodriguez #
Date: Tue, 14 Feb 2006 14:05:45 -0600
Subject: [Baren 30106] Re: new prints online - blogging
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There are five new doggie prints online at the New-Year exchange
page...the gallery page loads slow unless you have high-speed, I am
working on a fix....all scans courtesy of Carole Baker.

Welcome Kris and all other new comers/lurkers !!!!

Like Barbara mentions, the personal blogs add a new dimension to the Baren
experience...I am really enjoying keeping up with Annie, Ellen, Mike,
Marissa, Andy and all the other printmakers/bloggers onboard....these guys
are REALLY active and love sharing their day-to-day work with
almost like being at their Mike's case with the video's you
almost want to be there to give him a hand with those very large prints

The Baren blog was an idea that Dave and I shared about getting more
online involvement and having members share their images an
easy way to share your images and other Printmaking news if you don't
have a personal website.

IMO none of this should detract from the main forum discusssions...Julio
Rodriguez (Skokie, Illinois)
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Message 10
From: "M Pereira"
Date: Wed, 8 Feb 2006 13:34:30 -0200
Subject: [Baren 30107] Re: Have any of you heard of this?
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Rob, we could do one like this....self-portrait
in wood-engraving.....
what do you think?
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Message 11
From: Salsbury
Date: Tue, 14 Feb 2006 15:15:46 -0600
Subject: [Baren 30108] Thanks for the reply.
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Thanks to all who responded to my yoooo hooo! I was worried that I was the
only one stopping by lately. It wouldn't be so quiet if a few of us that
usually don't say much would start something. anyone have any ideas?

Marissa don't feel bad about stepping back and then doing a few test. I
find that when I am exploring ideas or have an unexpected thing happen
during a print project, that is when I get the most excited and move
forward. Sometimes it's very hard to finish what I am doing because what
has sparked the interest usually has such a pull on my attention.

Gayle I think I would get to a doctor ASAP. Having spent 25 years typing
daily has produced many problems with my muscles and joints. Any time you
have something with muscles or nerves pop up its reason for concern. I
have made numerous trips to the emergency room with muscle spasms so bad it
feels like a heart attack. Some heavy duty muscle relaxers fixes it until
the next time. The other thing that is happening is I have no strength in
my hands and arms. Reaching for things above my head is very painful and
if it has a lid on it I can't get it open. Go see someone and be happy if
they say it's minor and will just go away, but go.

Sue Salsbury
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Message 12
From: Blog Manager
Date: 15 Feb 2006 04:55:07 -0000
Subject: [Baren 30109] Baren Member blogs: Update Notification
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This is an automatic update message being sent to [Baren] by the forum blog software.

The following new entries were found on the listed printmaker's websites during the past 24 hours. (13 sites checked, just before midnight Eastern time)


Site Name: David Bull, Woodblock Printmaker

Author: Dave Bull
Item: Business Announcement (Part 2) ...


[Baren] members: if you have a printmaking blog (or a website with a published ATOM feed), and wish it to be included in this daily checklist, please write to the Baren Blog Manager at:
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Message 13
From: "carol wagner"
Date: Tue, 14 Feb 2006 22:34:13 -0800
Subject: [Baren 30110] Re: New Baren Digest (Text) V34 #3369 (Feb 14, 2006)
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Welcome, welcome Kris Shanks to the Baren Forum, and may you continue to
enjoy this unique site for dedicated woodblock printmakers . And if by
chance it's engaging ,and witty conversation beyond the strict confines of
our favorite subject you'd also be wanting , just be sure to also drop by
After Five some virtual evening when some of us girls will be whooping it
up !