Today's postings

  1. [Baren 33017] Fw: A Wake for Carol in Sacramento (Julio.Rodriguez #
  2. [Baren 33018] Fwd: A Wake for Carol in Sacramento (Sharri LaPierre)
  3. [Baren 33019] Baren Member blogs: Update Notification (Blog Manager)
  4. [Baren 33020] Technical Advice Please (Round 2) ("Orgren Alex C \(Alex\)")
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Message 1
From: Julio.Rodriguez #
Date: Mon, 19 Mar 2007 14:03:02 -0500
Subject: [Baren 33017] Fw: A Wake for Carol in Sacramento
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----- Forwarded by Julio Rodriguez/Corp/Walgreens on 03/19/2007 02:02 PM

03/19/2007 01:26 PM
Fwd: A Wake for Carol in Sacramento
Hi Julio,

Will you do me the favor of posting the following message at baren and at
after 5?
I'll be rejoining today.
Sharri and Bea, maybe one of you can make sure it happens if he is busy
and misses this...

Dear friends at baren forum,

There will be a service of remembrance and celebration of the life of our
dear friend

Carol Estelle Gilbert Wagner
the esteemed scholar, painter, printer, book artist,
philosopher, sage and Grandmother

who left us recently and is much missed.

Friends, family and those who knew her are invited to join us at
McKinley Park
Sacramento California
at 10 a.m. on this coming Saturday the 24th of March.

Please call me at at 916-873-3637 if you need logistical assistance in
town or details.

All four of Carol's children are in town...her youngest, Rowan, has flown
from Tashkent to be here.
So it is an international event already. There will be others, including
an opening for a show of Carol's art at the Coffee Garden on Stockton
Street on April 14th. Julio has kindly offered to add a web page at
barenforum for art and remembrances so there will be a place for friends
from all over to meet and honor our late pal. Iraq Exchange members should
know that Carol was going to act as the co-ordinator for the exchange, and
with her sudden passing the wondrous Maria Arango, our friend and
inspiration, has stepped up to the plate. Thanks to everyone there,
especially David Bull. I met this great person through the baren list, and
she enriched me in so many ways. So above and beyond exploring the love
of woodblock prints, baren brought me everlasting love.

Friends who cannot come, please stay in touch. We'll share what we
can...and any friend of hers has proved to be a friend of mine, in real
terms. So you know, she stayed busy and involved until the end. She was
planning the show at Coffee Garden, and working on some new paintings. The
one she drew and hadn't painted showed her friend Dr. Atl (skeleton named
water in Mayan) with a tin-pot helmet and a lance all ready to tilt a
windmill. Well, I do go on... thanks for reading this, Hope we see you

Geez, I forgot to add my name...
Robin Morris
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Message 2
From: Sharri LaPierre
Date: Mon, 19 Mar 2007 19:40:33 -0700
Subject: [Baren 33018] Fwd: A Wake for Carol in Sacramento
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Same as above message
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Message 3
From: Blog Manager
Date: 20 Mar 2007 03:56:02 -0000
Subject: [Baren 33019] 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. (32 sites checked, five minutes before midnight Eastern time)


Site Name: David Bull, Woodblock Printmaker

Item: Scroll Project Nearing Completion!


Site Name: Woodblock Dreams

Author: Annie B
Item: More Step By Step


Site Name: m.Lee Fine Art

Author: m.Lee
Item: Gocco!


Site Name: Belinda Del Pesco Fine Art Blog

Author: Belinda Del Pesco
Item: Watercolor: Frida Wearin' Fishes


Site Name: Phare-Camp Art Journal

Author: Phare-Camp
Item: Eulogy to a Jaguar II


Site Name: Gayle's Woodblock Blog

Item: Maria Arango?s Book is Helpful to Artist, Beth-Nilges Nehamkin


Site Name: Blue Notes - A Printmaking Sojourn

Author: Jenn
Item: Encouraged


[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:

For reference, sites/blogs currently being checked are:
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Message 4
From: "Orgren Alex C \(Alex\)"
Date: Tue, 20 Mar 2007 01:21:41 -0400
Subject: [Baren 33020] Technical Advice Please (Round 2)
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Thanks to Mike Lyon for his advice to my original request [Baren 32899].
My first attempt at its partial implementation (to print drier and on
real washi) was a dismal failure. Streaking persisted, even with almost
no paste. It seemed like the Akua Kolor was just too liquid and the
bristles in brush (the Surikomo Bake from McClain's) just didn't seem to
be carrying or releasing it uniformly. I thickened it with gum arabic
for the fourth bokashi, which made an enormous difference.

For the third series, I used Ise paper from McClain's, and switched inks
to Grumbacher tube watercolors with gum arabic (and a little water when
it started drying), and I switched brushes to hanga bake from Woodlike
Matsumura (except when using the marubake) There are three/four
impressions per color (just one for black). The first bunch of images

are from the third series. They are separated by the old Christmas card
from a sample of images from the first series.

1. I'm still not comfortable with the ink and plan to try dispersions
next. The Akua Kolor (especially yellow) is _so_ liquid. I printed the
black by transferring a think layer of ink to a tile first, and brushing
a small amount from the tile. I probably could have printed black
again, but chickened out.

2. I had more registration problems in the third series because I
printed two bokashi (6-7 impressions) on the upper block consecutively,
and it may have expanded more than when I let it dry in between.

3. The Ise is wonderful, but it dries quickly and is hard to maintain
consistent moisture across all the impressions. In general I think it
was still too wet. For a thin paper it is incredibly tough.

4. The moat stayed clean! (Attacking leftover ridges with the aisuke
played a big part in this, too).

5. I like the marubake much more than the hanga bake.

5. There is a consistent mottling in the lower red which further
impressions didn't improve. Am I crushing the paper? Is it getting
choked with paste in the first impression? Do I need a stronger baren?

6. Are there any tricks to getting the colors to meet better?
7. What consistency/viscosity should I aim for in my ink?
8. What mistakes am I making over and over again without seeming to

Thanks very much for your help,