Today's postings

  1. [Baren 33183] Monotype question for Belinda del Pesco ("Oscar Bearinger")
  2. [Baren 33184] Re:help for Baren: Newsletter Idea (Diane Cutter)
  3. [Baren 33185] stripping wood (Katherine Anteney-Tipper)
  4. [Baren 33186] Newsletter (Barbara Mason)
  5. [Baren 33187] Re:help for Baren: Newsletter Idea (David Harrison)
  6. [Baren 33188] A mailing list for newsletter contributors (David Harrison)
  7. [Baren 33189] Spudnik Press Opening ("Angee Lennard")
  8. [Baren 33190] Re: stripping wood (Charles Morgan)
  9. [Baren 33191] Re: resurfacing old wood (Julio.Rodriguez #
  10. [Baren 33192] Re: resurfacing old wood (David Harrison)
  11. [Baren 33193] Cairn ("Maria Arango")
  12. [Baren 33194] Woodblock printmaking demonstration in Oregon (baren_member #
  13. [Baren 33195] Wuon Gean Ho (Barbara Mason)
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Message 13
From: "Oscar Bearinger"
Date: Wed, 18 Apr 2007 09:20:05 -0400
Subject: [Baren 33183] Monotype question for Belinda del Pesco
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Your webblog postings, with your step by step illustrations, have been wonderful, helpful, and inspiring for me for quite some time now.

Your posting of April 17 of a monotype series based on family photos raises my question today.

How do you do the drawing in the wet ink on the plate, of a person's portrait? Specifically, how do you do the initial sketch drawing in terms of reversing your original (face) image? Do you actually draw, reversing it as you go in your mind?
Or have you prepared a sketch to work from, which you have already reversed?

Your comments would be helpful to me, as I love monotypes, and I also love doing people.

I'm writing you to the Baren list, as I couldn't access you through the blogsite or your own website.

Thanks very much for your response.
You are welcome to respond off-list if you wish.

Oscar Bearinger
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Message 1
From: Diane Cutter
Date: Wed, 18 Apr 2007 06:30:43 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: [Baren 33184] Re:help for Baren: Newsletter Idea
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David and Annie...

I think both of you have wonderful ideas for the newsletter. It would also be nice if one of those volunteers would research the Baren archives and pull up some of the very valuable information from years back.

And, as should be, I'm happy to put 'my money where my mouth is' so, if there is a vamping of the newsletter, I'd be happy to help out.

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Message 2
From: Katherine Anteney-Tipper
Date: Wed, 18 Apr 2007 14:32:05 +0100
Subject: [Baren 33185] stripping wood
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I don't seem to be able to reply to Baren direct from the listing.
Only privately to people

anyway... Re those varnished boards. How about taking them to one of
those places that strip old painted doors by dipping them? Save
yourself from all those awful toxins. It works out quite cheap if you
have a load to put in at once.

toodle oo
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Message 3
From: Barbara Mason
Date: Wed, 18 Apr 2007 06:39:04 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: [Baren 33186] Newsletter
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Good morning Baren...
We got a lot of response for the newsletter so that is very exciting.
David Harrison will head it up with help from Robert Viana and Kritine Alder.
If we all feed him informaiton off list, he will compile it and make it spectacular! I have a book report just waiting to be inculded!
I do think gathering info from the depths of the archives is a really good idea, Diane. We know all the really good stuff is in there, but it is not always easy for those who don't have a lot of internet research skills to dig out.
So, we are anxiously awaiting the next issue of the Baren Suji...and if you need help with anything, you three editors, let us know!
Best to all
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Message 4
From: David Harrison
Date: Wed, 18 Apr 2007 14:46:54 +0100
Subject: [Baren 33187] Re:help for Baren: Newsletter Idea
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Hi Diane,

You're right, there's a *lot* of information stored on the archives. It
would be a bit of a labour of love to extract all the advice and tips,
but what a resource...

It would be great if you could contribute -- I think that makes at least
five of us now.

Speaking of which, we could probably do with a little mailing list for
newsletterers -- open to join for anyone willing to contribute. It would
make it easier to keep track of things!


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Message 5
From: David Harrison
Date: Wed, 18 Apr 2007 15:51:17 +0100
Subject: [Baren 33188] A mailing list for newsletter contributors
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Hi everyone,

I've set up a mailing list for everyone who'd like to contribute to the
newsletter. That way we can keep track of everything that goes on.

It's on my own domain for the moment. You can subscribe by sending an
email to with 'subscribe baren-newsletter' in the
message body. Or simply let me know at

all the best,

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Message 6
From: "Angee Lennard"
Date: Wed, 18 Apr 2007 10:36:26 -0500
Subject: [Baren 33189] Spudnik Press Opening
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Dear Baren Members,

I wanted to let you all know that I am prepping for the grand opening
of Spudnik Press (in Chicago, IL), the print studio that I am running
out of my apartment. What is Spudnik Press? Basically, it is my
attempt to encourage young printmakers (myself included) to continue
making prints after either finishing a degree, or taking a few
classes, instead of choosing a back up plan because either they have
no press to use, or print studios in the area are out of their price
range. So, despite the fact that Chicago does have a few reputable
print shops which I totally love and are great resources (Anchor,
White Wings, and CPC), I am opening my private studio to the community
on weeknights, weekends, and by appointment. While this has downfalls,
it does make printing quite affordable, and will hopefully foster a
communal environment for making art, which I find indispensable. If
all goes well, I hope to make Spudnik Press open more hours, and offer
more and more resources.

So, with that little intro, I want to invite all of you to participate
in a show that will be on display for the grand opening (June 8th,
2007). Here's a little blurb about it:

"One of One: Prints Like No Other"
Prints are often described as a process in which multiples are made,
thus placing prints against paintings or drawings in which "unique,
original pieces of artwork are created". In order to challenge this
misconception about printmaking, Spudnik Press is presenting "One of
One: Prints Like No Other".

If you would like more information on applying for the show or about
the studio in general, please visit, or e-mail me

Thanks Everyone!
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Message 7
From: Charles Morgan
Date: Wed, 18 Apr 2007 09:43:12 -0700
Subject: [Baren 33190] Re: stripping wood
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Yep, that certainly would do the job. They are just using industrial
quantities of stuff you can buy yourself in the store. I guess I am a
skinflint ... it irks me to pay someone to do something I can do
myself. I doubt that doing just a few planks would be worth what it
would cost. And when I add up the time to deliver the material, talk
to the stripper about what I want, wait for them to do the job, and
then go pick up the stuff ... well, I could do it a heck of a lot
faster myself.

Another method is to just put the boards through a thickness planer
... I have one myself and have used it to bring back the surface of
an old, badly eroded plank. If I had a lot of such material, it would
be woth the investment in a cheap planer. But you do lose some
thickness with it, and no matter how good the planer, you always have
to do a sequence of finish sanding.

Cheers ...... Charles
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Message 8
From: Julio.Rodriguez #
Date: Wed, 18 Apr 2007 12:13:58 -0500
Subject: [Baren 33191] Re: resurfacing old wood
Send Message: To this poster just did...reply to the Baren list that is....just reply
to the Baren messages and that gets your response out
to the entire list.

I agree with Charles..a thickness planer is a great tool to resurface old
boards. A stationary belt-sander is a cheaper alternative ($40-$100) and
would quickly also get rid of layers of old paint, varnish,
just have to be careful to keep the wood level great for smaller
pieces. I get a kick out of resurfacing old boards I pick up here and
there...I think all but two of my 50+ woodcuts have been carved on
recycled boards...something about recycling old wood boards that feels
right !

If you have a place nearby that does kitchen/bath cabinetry that sometimes
can be source of small maple and cherry cutoffs that end up in their
garbage bins....also Hardwood supply stores will also give you a price
break on smaller cutoff pieces that are perfect for printmaking.

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Message 9
From: David Harrison
Date: Wed, 18 Apr 2007 18:51:11 +0100
Subject: [Baren 33192] Re: resurfacing old wood
Send Message: To this poster might be an idea to test all three methods -- sanding, heat,
and chemical, and do a little write-up in the newsletter. Sort of a
'reclaimed materials' theme...
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Message 10
From: "Maria Arango"
Date: Wed, 18 Apr 2007 11:13:28 -0700
Subject: [Baren 33193] Cairn
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23 blocks are now in!
Charles Morgan
Marilynn Smith - hand-delivered with a bonus hunk of beautiful wood, what a
Harry French

Thanks all and keep them coming,

Maria Arango
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Message 11
From: baren_member #
Date: 18 Apr 2007 22:38:43 -0000
Subject: [Baren 33194] Woodblock printmaking demonstration in Oregon

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Wuon Gean Ho's Open Printmaking Studio and Exhibitions. Wuon Gean Ho, from London, has worked in various printmaking workshops across Britain, Japan and the United States. Ho will demonstrate woodblock printmaking processes. Life, death, memories and nostalgia are recurrent themes in much of her work. Ho will also have work on display April 25-30 in Lincoln City, at 4847 SW Hwy. 101.

Exhibitions of Ryan Burn's Tree Stump Rubbings. Ryan Burns, an artist who worked in New Orleans and most recently Portland, makes large format old growth tree stump rubbings on various discarded pieces of paper; architectural plans, coloring books pages, and billboard fragments. Burns will be present for questions. Burn's work will also be on display through April 25 at 4847 SW Highway101, the former location of Roots 101 flower shop.
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Message 12
From: Barbara Mason
Date: Wed, 18 Apr 2007 20:01:16 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: [Baren 33195] Wuon Gean Ho
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Wuon Gean Ho is the resident artist at Sitka Center for Art and Ecology at Cascade Head on the Oregon Coast this spring and will be showing her work in January of 2008 at Print Arts NW in Portland Oregon with the other residents who will make work at Sitka this year. I have seen her work and it is really interesting, she takes woodcuts and makes plates of the images as well as doing the woodcuts. I think it is a photo plate litho process but am not 100% sure, She had some work in an exhibition we did for Crows Shadow Press in February of this year, she worked in Pendleton with Frank Janzen to make work in 2006. You can see some of her images here She is a young woman to watch, I think her career will go far. I was surprised to see her on the Baren news feed, its a small world.
Best to all,