Today's postings

  1. [Baren 30502] Re: Baren Digest (old) V34 #3426 ("Marilynn Smith")
  2. [Baren 30503] Re: Woodcuts in Buffalo (Amy Greenan)
  3. [Baren 30504] Re: Baren Digest (old) V34 #3426 ("cjpiers")
  4. [Baren 30505] A print exchange announcement (Robin Morris)
  5. [Baren 30506] RE: A print exchange announcement ("Maria Arango")
  6. [Baren 30507] Baren Member blogs: Update Notification (Blog Manager)
  7. [Baren 30508] Mythical Beasts! (Wanda Robertson)
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Message 1
From: "Marilynn Smith"
Date: Fri, 31 Mar 2006 08:14:48 -0700
Subject: [Baren 30502] Re: Baren Digest (old) V34 #3426
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This year I used card sotck, the acid free stuff for my year of the dog
print. I did NOT wet the paper first as that does not work well with that
type of paper. I printed it hanga style, dry and it seemed okay. I mailed
it just like a post card and never heard that was a problem from anyone. I
like the idea of an acid free paper, but one designed to withstand the
rigors of the postal system, and card stock seemed to have worked.

In proofing for Marias Cairn puzzle print can not we do a rubbing?? Just
put a piece of paper on top and use a graphite pencil to see the image.
That should give one enough to see if the design is balanced and working.
Than Maria can see if there are fine lines that need special care.

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Message 2
From: Amy Greenan
Date: Fri, 31 Mar 2006 11:49:05 -0500
Subject: [Baren 30503] Re: Woodcuts in Buffalo
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Thanks Kris, Julio and Ellen for the warm welcome and kind words.

Julio, I don't recall what brand of ink he used, but I am pretty sure
it was all woodblock printing ink. I'm sure my professor knows, I could
double check if you want. He did talk a bit about the imagery he used,
but damned if I remember right now -- terrible, I know, but it's been a
crazy whirlwind at school since he was here. I think if you look at his
webpage you can read his artist statement and get a better idea of what
is going on in his work.

My favorite part of his visit was seeing his process. Inking blocks
with multiple colors looks deceptively easy -- it's actually quite
difficult to get the hang of it, I was surprised!

Also, he has a nifty registration process, with the usual block size
and paper size indicated on acetate that is adhered to the press -- but
then he actually lightly tapes the paper on one side so that it remains
in the correct position throughout the printing of each successive
block. You just lift the paper back while it is held in place by the
tape, and replace the block. Lay the paper back down, print, and so on.

Like so many processes in printmaking (and Chinese cooking!), it's all
about having everything prepared ahead and ready to go. It was almost a
zen process, ceremonial at times! There were four blocks with multiple
colors, and the black key block that was printed last (as opposed to
first in moku hanga and ukiyo-e).

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Message 3
From: "cjpiers"
Date: Fri, 31 Mar 2006 11:19:08 -0800
Subject: [Baren 30504] Re: Baren Digest (old) V34 #3426
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Excellent idea. Thanks for posting it.

Connie P.
Spokane, WA
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Message 4
From: Robin Morris
Date: Fri, 31 Mar 2006 13:42:10 -0800
Subject: [Baren 30505] A print exchange announcement
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Hello everyone,

Announcing a print exchange- not an official baren one.

Iraq is the theme.
Signup deadline is May 1, 2006.
Submission deadline May 1, 2007.
Please dropout by: March 1, 2007 if you are sure you won't make the
Limit number: undecided- perhaps up to 50, if anyone thinks the
number gets too high drop out,
I'm guessing if we don't overpublicize it may be more like 20-30.
So if this is an issue wait till near deadline to jump in so you
know what you have to do.
Size: still open but 10x15 inches is likely.
Format: prints -relief, litho, lino, etchings,silkscreen etc.

Please write to, or to me,, to sign up.
Maria has graciously offered to put up a webpage soon to make it easy
to follow
the progress of the exchange. She'll let us know when that happens.
No rules as to content etc.- just the theme...Iraq.

Robin Morris
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Message 5
From: "Maria Arango"
Date: Fri, 31 Mar 2006 19:15:58 -0800
Subject: [Baren 30506] RE: A print exchange announcement
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Currently out of town on festive festival business...
Will return on Monday and put up the page. Meantime, keep those emails
coming, I'm getting them all.

For those following the festival festivities, last night half way set up,
worked until midnight since the city barrier people were late closing the
streets and the police were obsessed with towing every private car prior to
letting the vendors in.
"vendors" like moi, waited about an hour plus change past the official set
up time. Then they let us in, all 400+ impatient artists some of us with
trailers rushing at 5 mph (official speed of the festival grounds) to our
allotted spots.
I was lucky and brave and got to my space, set up tent and panels and left
the artwork for the next morning. It was midnight and we had been waiting
near three hours.

This morning 5 o'clock came pretty early! Armed with strong coffee and a
spoonful of adrenaline, I set off, completed my gallery hanging and welcomed
the crowds. Good day too, lots of young college goers with wallets and a
great taste for woodcuts.

I'm a bit tired but things don't get going until late tomorrow, so a good
night sleep is in order. More tomorrow.


Maria Arango
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Message 6
From: Blog Manager
Date: 1 Apr 2006 04:55:05 -0000
Subject: [Baren 30507] 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. (16 sites checked, just before midnight Eastern time)


Site Name: m.Lee Prints

Author: m.Lee
Item: Poppies Block WIP #2


Site Name: pressing-issues

Author: Ellen Shipley
Item: Cat & Mouse Drypoint


[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 7
From: Wanda Robertson
Date: Sat, 1 Apr 2006 00:43:31 -0800
Subject: [Baren 30508] Mythical Beasts!
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I just received my collection of Mythical Beasts! What a superb bunch
of prints!
My congratulations to those of you who jumped into hanga with both feet
- they are
wonderful. And wonderful prints from the experts - just really really
tops, guys!