Today's postings

  1. [Baren 33720] brushes (Cucamongie #
  2. [Baren 33721] Re: Baren Digest (old) V40 #3966 (su tamsett)
  3. [Baren 33722] Sharri's brushes (Salsbury)
  4. [Baren 33723] engraving tools (Formschnider #
  5. [Baren 33724] Baren Member blogs: Update Notification (Blog Manager)
  6. [Baren 33725] Re: Hanga Print Exhibition (Jan Telfer)
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Message 1
From: Cucamongie #
Date: Mon, 9 Jul 2007 09:20:44 EDT
Subject: [Baren 33720] brushes
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One problem with soaking the maru-bake brushes so much is that the wood can
crack with all the swelling and shrinking. I used to soak them but after
hearing this, I didn't do that any more, instead I either sprayed water onto the
bristle part or dripped some water from the type of water bottle with a
nozzle on the end.

I think perhaps April does it this way, but probably can articulate the
process better. April, are you there?

take care,
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Message 2
From: su tamsett
Date: Mon, 9 Jul 2007 07:32:39 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: [Baren 33721] Re: Baren Digest (old) V40 #3966
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One more round on wet and/or cleaning rushes: I purchased some new ones from
McClains and soaked them during the process of "sharkskinning" them. Then left them
to air dry. They cracked right through. McClains was nice enough to replace them for
me after I called to ask what went wrong. By the way, once the brushes had
completely dried, because of the way the bristles are attached, they were still just
as effective, just had a couple of hairline fractures running through them.

The person I spoke to told me to place them in a refrigerator and let them dry
slowly next time. I have been doing so to great success. Apparently, in some weather
zones - high temps coupled with very low humidity or even winter days with dry heat
do not mix well with wet wood. Makes all kind of sense to me. Wish I had realized
that before I dried the brushes the first time.

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Message 3
From: Salsbury
Date: Mon, 09 Jul 2007 15:50:58 -0500
Subject: [Baren 33722] Sharri's brushes
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some of my brushes are 50 yrs. old.

Cheers ~

You inherited those didn't you!

Sue Salsbury
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Message 4
From: Formschnider #
Date: Mon, 9 Jul 2007 17:06:44 EDT
Subject: [Baren 33723] engraving tools
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some of my engravers are 130 years old
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Message 5
From: Blog Manager
Date: 10 Jul 2007 03:55:19 -0000
Subject: [Baren 33724] 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. (34 sites checked, five minutes before midnight Eastern time)


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Author: Nathalie Roland
Item: Yoshitoshi at the Asian Art Museum

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Item: Cervidae Arboreous


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Author: Annie B
Item: Shiroishi Washi Paper Making


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Author: m.Lee
Item: The Great Reorganization Project Begins


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Item: Gifts


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Message 6
From: Jan Telfer
Date: Tue, 10 Jul 2007 16:42:45 +0800
Subject: [Baren 33725] Re: Hanga Print Exhibition
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Thank you Annie for those lovely comments ....... can I frame them?

Most of these that were in that exhibition were sold even though they
are not indicated on the site...I think Anna gets a bit snowed under at
times. The first twelve were all from "One Wood block" print, the
fourth one along "The Great Aussie Flag Debate Symbols" and the eleven
in that series were all painted in watercolour or gouache and
calligraphed in gouache so they are all Unique States. I have only
half of them left. I wish that a company had bought the whole edition
and used them as a travelling exhibition but a local company bought two
of them on opening night and so broke that wish. However I did have a
set of postcards made before they were framed and so have a copy of the

As many of you can see a lot of these prints were from exchanges, but
of course here "I am a lone wolf" and so they were unseen in Western
Australia so I was able to put them in here.

I am currently, but slowly due to my course trying to put together
another exhibition for a couple of years into the future using
paintings of mine and prints that match them..... like "Pidgeon pairs"
but that is not my title!!

Yes, look after your brushes.... I know mine are worth it.

Thanks, Annie.