Today's postings

  1. [Baren 30837] Re: More large woodblock prints ... (Charles Morgan)
  2. [Baren 30838] Re: Baren Digest (old) V35 #3468 ("Marilynn Smith")
  3. [Baren 30839] wax (Barbara Mason)
  4. [Baren 30840] Re: wax (Bobbi Chukran)
  5. [Baren 30841] RE: Iraq Exchange ("jason Engelhardt")
  6. [Baren 30842] baren summit (brad robinson)
  7. [Baren 30843] Re: baren summit (Barbara Mason)
  8. [Baren 30844] Baren Member blogs: Update Notification (Blog Manager)
  9. [Baren 30845] Re: Oil and water (Jan Telfer)
  10. [Baren 30846] RE: baren summit ("Mike Lyon")
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Message 1
From: Charles Morgan
Date: Fri, 05 May 2006 07:12:30 -0700
Subject: [Baren 30837] Re: More large woodblock prints ...
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Sorry Ellen,

My poor memory cells were confusing your print with one by Barbara Mason
for the SSNW05 exchange ... She used a combination of water based ink and
oil based ink but not on a woodblock.

Cheers ..... Charles
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Message 2
From: "Marilynn Smith"
Date: Fri, 5 May 2006 10:15:55 -0600
Subject: [Baren 30838] Re: Baren Digest (old) V35 #3468
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Wow wax resist on woodblock, that one I wil have to try. But what kind of
wzax and what would I look for down here?????? I might find beeswax and for
sure candles abound, but gads the wrong thing might be messy!!! About ready
to start a landscape in woodblock and would ike a few colors and me I am
lousy with registration, so am not exactly thrilled to try an other
reduction block. Also am thinking on some stenciling. I love to hera those
sharing things about new processes, just have to get going, it is hard for
me without a real studio, when one walks into a studio the creative juices
flow and stuff is just at hand, without that you have to go get it from some
crevace away from work space, it just is harder to get to experimenting.
Gads I need my studio!!!!
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Message 3
From: Barbara Mason
Date: Fri, 5 May 2006 10:52:16 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: [Baren 30839] wax
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I too was interested in this idea, I think the kind of wax they use for decorating eggs or the wax for batik would would be more flexible than candle wax....if you use cold wax it takes a week to dry so you need a wax that is hot in application and gets fairly hard but not hard enough to crack off..although that might give you an effect like batik. We will have to fool around with this...I am such a process junkie! If anyone has actually done this will you let us know what happened???
Best to all,
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Message 4
From: Bobbi Chukran
Date: Fri, 5 May 2006 13:33:35 -0500
Subject: [Baren 30840] Re: wax
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>Marilynn Smith wrote:
>Wow wax resist on woodblock, that one I wil have to try. But what kind of
>wzax and what would I look for down here?????? I

If you're using wax like in batik or the egg art, you use a combo of
beeswax and paraffin, also known as "microcrystalline" wax. The
beeswax makes it flexible, and the paraffin makes that crackle effect.

Beware if you use wax.......they are both highly flammable. Use a
double boiler or a temperature controlled electric frying pan to melt
it on a low temperature.

Interesting idea.......One of the reasons I've always like relief
printmaking work is that it reminds me of the batik work I used to
do. In both of them, you have to learn to think backwards! LOL

Bobbi C.
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Message 5
From: "jason Engelhardt"
Date: Fri, 05 May 2006 19:15:35 +0000
Subject: [Baren 30841] RE: Iraq Exchange
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Hi Robin Morris,

I am a Printmaking instructor, new at a job in St. Cloud MN. Have been
working hard fixxing up the shop and working with students. It is the final
week of school and have been over working. I must have missed your first
email about the exchange that you are putting together. I get so much email
from baren and school here I get about 40 a day.

Is there any way that I could particapate in this exchange. It posted at a
dificult time for me being that it is at the end of the semester.

If nothing else can you let me know eather way. I have been in two
exchanges with baren... Dreams and Mystical beasts...

Jason Engelhardt

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Message 6
From: brad robinson
Date: Fri, 5 May 2006 16:41:06 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: [Baren 30842] baren summit
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so i'm seriously thinking about coming up for the baren summit, but have to say i'm feeling a little intimidated as i am not a wood block printer. the extent of my printing has all been done on linoleum with oil based inks and a hand cranked press. so needless to say i am at a loss when i read about rice paste, etc, and want to make sure that the summit will be a place where a novice might fit in. if it's not i completely understand, but would appreciate some feedback from those of you who have either been to one of these summits before or are helping plan this one... thanks.
best, brad

Brad Robinson
Film & Event Production
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Message 7
From: Barbara Mason
Date: Fri, 5 May 2006 17:49:11 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: [Baren 30843] Re: baren summit
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I hope you will consider coming to the summit. Sharri (who has graciously opened her studio to us) is a multi talented printmaker and has a crossover studio with all types of printmaking supplies available so you will not need to feel intimidated. Maria will come with her oily stuff as she lives in Las Vegas where water evaporates before you can put it on the block...and I will be doing a solarplate demo one evening with both oil and water based inks. So you will have lots to see and not feel left out.

You will certainly see the traditional waterbased stuff too so it should be interesting for everyone! Sharri has a studio to die for...everyone will go home green with envy...not quite as big as Mikes but certainly wonderful. And her remodeled kitchen is so amazing I cannot even discribe it without crying about my own miserable little space.
All in all it will be an absolutely wonderful time. Nothing is more fun than a huge group of printmakers in the same room. I think this is why Souther Graphics Conference has been so successful. People come back for the experience as much as for the information.
Best to all,
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Message 8
From: Blog Manager
Date: 6 May 2006 03:55:04 -0000
Subject: [Baren 30844] 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. (18 sites checked, just before midnight Eastern time)


Site Name: David Bull, Woodblock Printmaker

Item: Scroll Project Update: Making the Colour Separations ...


Site Name: m.Lee Fine Art

Author: m.Lee
Item: Colorful Prints

Author: m.Lee
Item: My 100th Sale

Author: m.Lee
Item: Custom Pendants/ print day


Site Name: The Itinerant Artist

Author: Diane Cutter


[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 9
From: Jan Telfer
Date: Sat, 6 May 2006 20:28:29 +0800
Subject: [Baren 30845] Re: Oil and water
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I think you will find that if using both oil and water.... the water
will resist any water based colour and will appear like droplets on the
oiled sections.... I used an oiled outline in my "Great Aussie Flag
Debate" Series and then calligraphed in gouache and watercolour over
the whole print and the areas that were printed in oil have not
retained the watercolour, but if you do it the other way around then
you have no problem.

If you oil print from the block too, it will not accept the watercolour
pigment evenly if not at all.

Give it a try for yourself... you can get some very interesting effects.

Ellen's method of printing with the two or three colours can be done on
etching plates as well and as she quotes is called "Viscosity" printing.

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Message 10
From: "Mike Lyon"
Date: Sat, 6 May 2006 07:35:59 -0500
Subject: [Baren 30846] RE: baren summit
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By all means, Brad (and EVERYone) -- GO !! The Summit will be a great
gathering of like-minded artist/printers -- you can meet many of the people
who contribute to this list and they can meet you -- face to face -- master
printers and novices alike! There were 33 at the first Baren Summit in
Kansas City a few years back, and I can tell you, it was a GREAT experience
for everyone -- you won't be sorry you went and all the others will be SO
happy to meet YOU!

During new student orientation at Anderson Ranch Arts Center, executive
director, Jim Baker (Jim, a photographer, recently resigned in order to
become president of Maine College of Art -- so later this month the wonderful
artist, Brad Miller, will take over as interim director -- in case you were
interested), always asked students, "Please introduce yourself to the people
sitting near you -- you'll be surprised to learn that they are every bit as
interesting as you are!" That always got a laugh, but it's so true! You
won't want to miss Baren Summit -- sign-up information is at


Mike Lyon
Kansas City, MO