Today's postings

  1. [Baren 30711] Re: Baren Digest (old) V35 #3449 ("Marilynn Smith")
  2. [Baren 30712] linocuts (ArtSpotiB #
  3. [Baren 30713] Re: linocuts (FurryPressII #
  4. [Baren 30714] Naming ply wood ("Harry French")
  5. [Baren 30715] Re: address (Diane Cutter)
  6. [Baren 30716] Baren Member blogs: Update Notification (Blog Manager)
  7. [Baren 30717] Tom Kristensen's #27 print on-line exhibit (Mike Lyon)
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Message 1
From: "Marilynn Smith"
Date: Tue, 18 Apr 2006 09:44:13 -0600
Subject: [Baren 30711] Re: Baren Digest (old) V35 #3449
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I too laughed at the thought that linoleum is only used because it is cheap.
There are a few times I use it because of my subject matter or because that
is what I have on hand. My nude is coming along on lino because I could not
get wood down here and fortunately had a large piece of lino on hand. It
does cut like butter. I do prefer wood, but some times one is forced to
deal with materials at hand. I even considered trying to do several figures
on seperate woodblocks and printing them on fabric! I thought about
starching the fabric with spray starch after printing it. Might be
something to explore. The creative mind always seems to find a way. Hope
everyone else is thinking on the nudes they will create. I can agree that
with lino it might be easier to get facial details and for me a smooth
sensitive line. It seems to me that we have also allowed things like corian
to be used, as long as it is relief printing on a block it seems acceptable.
Woodblock for me has been challenging and fun to learn so keep at it
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Message 2
From: ArtSpotiB #
Date: Tue, 18 Apr 2006 15:10:58 EDT
Subject: [Baren 30712] linocuts
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Regarding linocuts:

I'm not sure whether printing is just fun or Art (with a capital) or just

Maybe because schools used to use lino as an introduction to printmaking,
some tend to find it of less value. Now they often use the safety cut "tofu"
stuff.... in addition to potatoes... and other methods, perhaps?

It's the hand and the artist's mind that guides that hand that determine if
what is of value, not the method nor the materials. Think Dadaism.

Linoleum may be considered "easy" or "cheap", but the real crux of the matter
is that the artist quality.

On a more personal level, I can assure you that curators and museums take
linocuts seriously and collect them.

I say, it's all wonderful! Each technique is an adventure and a joy.

Best Wishes to ALL. The BAREN is a marvelous place to learn people and
methods. I follow the posts daily and thank everyone for their generosity.

ArtSpot Out
Benny Alba in studio
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Message 3
From: FurryPressII #
Date: Tue, 18 Apr 2006 15:27:33 EDT
Subject: [Baren 30713] Re: linocuts
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Picaso used lino, I would think that ended the debate on using it.

I just enjoy carving wood more, plus you can get more detail with maple.

john c.
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Message 4
From: "Harry French"
Date: Tue, 18 Apr 2006 20:29:04 +0100
Subject: [Baren 30714] Naming ply wood
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Greetings Bareners,
Recently I have become confused with advice from wood workers in naming the plywoods that I use. My favourite plywood was so called 'birchply' and 'external plywood'. Today a woodwork teacher told me it was 'morantiply', a derivative of mahogany. To confuse me even further he mentioned that basswood is an American word for Lime or Linden. This, however, would be to my favour as there is a wood yard in the next village specialising in lime that has cheap offcuts
Could anyone advise me?
Thanks in anticipation.
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Message 5
From: Diane Cutter
Date: Tue, 18 Apr 2006 13:06:22 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: [Baren 30715] Re: address
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I sent out my dogs a couple of weeks ago, so if anyone hasn't gotten one yet, let me know, so I can 're-send' if necessary... especially you, Maria, since I sent it to the Arizona address.

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Message 6
From: Blog Manager
Date: 19 Apr 2006 03:55:07 -0000
Subject: [Baren 30716] 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. (17 sites checked, just before midnight Eastern time)


Site Name: Woodblock Dreams

Author: Annie B
Item: Naoko Matsubara


Site Name: m.Lee Prints

Author: m.Lee
Item: New Prints


Site Name: 1000 Woodcuts, quest and adventures of Maria Arango

Item: Two prints and a project


[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: Mike Lyon
Date: Wed, 19 Apr 2006 06:45:09 -0500
Subject: [Baren 30717] Tom Kristensen's #27 print on-line exhibit
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FYI: Tom Kristensen's(fabulous) #27 print on-line exhibit for a while at
-- Mike

Mike Lyon