Today's postings

  1. [Baren 34717] solarplate stuff (Cucamongie #
  2. [Baren 34718] Re: New Baren Digest (HTML) V41 #4172 (Jan 1, 2008) (Eileen Corder)
  3. [Baren 34719] Happy New Year ("Jean Womack")
  4. [Baren 34720] Re: New Baren Digest (HTML) V41 #4172 (Jan 1, 2008) (ArtfulCarol #
  5. [Baren 34721] Re: Happy New Year (Charles Morgan)
  6. [Baren 34722] Re: New Baren Digest (HTML) V41 #4172 (Jan 1, 2008) ("cjpiers")
  7. [Baren 34723] Baren Member blogs: Update Notification (Blog Manager)
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Message 1
From: Cucamongie #
Date: Tue, 1 Jan 2008 10:53:59 EST
Subject: [Baren 34717] solarplate stuff
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Hi all, these days I generally xerox my drawings onto transparencies. I did
many plates from drawings done directly on acetate but found the exposure
was a lot trickier, plus I tended to get more plate tone (which can be either a
good or bad thing depending on what you want), as the acetate I was using was
not totally transparent.

Printing out a scan of a drawing onto transparency can work also.

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Message 2
From: Eileen Corder
Date: Tue, 01 Jan 2008 09:44:43 -0800
Subject: [Baren 34718] Re: New Baren Digest (HTML) V41 #4172 (Jan 1, 2008)
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Iım not sure if Iım doing this correctly, but would like to introduce
myself. Please let me know if there is a another (better) way for me to post
on the forum. So... below is a short introduction. Iıve sent a pic for the
mug shot.

Happy New Year to all of you!
Iım new here, too, and thought I would introduce myself. Iım an ex-San
Franciscan, now living and working on a farm in Northern California. I
played around with lino block printing for many years but since moving to
the country decided to take up wood block instead. In fact, I started with
one of many boards that were left over from our house. Now Iıve moved up a
little with Japanese tools and better wood. Iım really fascinated with the
difference between moku hanga and European wood engraving, also the contrast
between classical images as opposed to contemporary. I have lots of
questions that no doubt will be answered by reading through these archives
and experimentation, but still want to be an active member of this group as
I believe the exchange of ideas is crucial to everyone, amateur (me) and
professional (most of you) alike. I am very appreciative of the sharing
aspect of this forum/convention and the cooperative spirit it appears to
embody. Thanks Barenforum, everyone, for being open and inclusive of those
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Message 3
From: "Jean Womack"
Date: Tue, 1 Jan 2008 11:42:20 -0800
Subject: [Baren 34719] Happy New Year
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tCharles, I loved looking at your plans for a hand press. I have a very small no-name press, but I think a hand-press would be even more portable. And yes, why not print from stone? The Eskimos did it, why not us? Many people do rubbings from stone.

I have printed from clay. I was inspired by a show of Vietnamese+American art in San Jose. It was called a clay print. It inspired me to do a whole series of art works. Some were printed from slabs which had been bisque fired. I also made plaster molds and latex molds from some and tried coloring the plaster. I got some pretty color but it didn't stay on there through a washing. I found out that you need pure lime plaster for the color to become part of the plaster. And then it doesn't give the cloudy ethereal feeling of rubbing up with dry pigments plus water. It's more like a hard-edge color. So it takes a different painting style to accomplish something that looks good. When you look at books of Rennaissance frescoes and the color has been completely washed away, they probably did that on Hydrocal, not on lime plaster. Of course you can print from plaster too, if you run out of wood. Probably not intaglio from plaster, though.

I saw a low-relief sculpture from Iraq that someone had rescued from some museum down there. Something that was in the art history books. I guess people make latex molds of them before they return them, so then they can cast them in plaster and show them to the US public and tell us it's the real thing. That's a guess. I guess I have been watching too many movies about plaster casts in the basements of museums. I don't care if it's a plaster cast, I'll believe almost anything. The San Francisco museums wanted us to believe that the Egyptian sculptures were from Egypt, when they looked like they were brand new. My painting instructor told me, "Don't even think about it." You know, that kind of awe and wonder is for little kids. Otherwise why would anyone want to study anything that old?

Sorry I wandered off topic. It must have some application to printmaking. Happy new year!

Cheers to you-all in the watery, snowy Pacific northwest. I hope I get back up there some day. We both remember our vacation at Graham's workshop in B.C. with happiness.
Jean Womack
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Message 4
From: ArtfulCarol #
Date: Tue, 1 Jan 2008 16:18:57 EST
Subject: [Baren 34720] Re: New Baren Digest (HTML) V41 #4172 (Jan 1, 2008)
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Have I told you lately?
You Baren people are my 4th or 5th dimension . Whether I have met you
eyeball to eyeball or not, it has been more than knives and ink. Wonderful real
experiences or through cyberspace, this year as others has been full of sharing
and information in good spirit. Thank you !
To all you contributors, oldies and newbies out there--Happy New Year!

Carol Lyons
Irvington, New York
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Message 5
From: Charles Morgan
Date: Tue, 1 Jan 2008 16:35:38 -0800 (PST)
Subject: [Baren 34721] Re: Happy New Year
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Hello Jean,

Nice to hear from you, and thanks for your kind comments.

My little bottle jack press is quite handy and works well within its limitations. It is really not powerful enough for etchings, except for very small ones. But it does print drypoints and collagraphs quite well, in addition to relief work.

The Eskimo prints were generally made with stone that had been polished smooth and flat ... usually soapstone. I admire their work greatly. But the things I do are done on textured stone, which I do not try to polish. I do take stones from rivers, where they have been naturally smoothed by the action of the water. But they still have a lot of surface texture, which I like.

I hope your work for your SSNW07 piece is progressing. You said you wanted to do an etching, and I am anxious to see it.

Happy new year, Jean ... and to everyone on Baren.

Cheers ......... Charles
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Message 6
From: "cjpiers"
Date: Tue, 1 Jan 2008 18:35:53 -0800
Subject: [Baren 34722] Re: New Baren Digest (HTML) V41 #4172 (Jan 1, 2008)
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Re: New Baren Digest (HTML) V41 #4172 (Jan 1, 2008)Welcome Eileen,
Nice to meet you!
Glad you found your way here.

Spokane, WA
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Message 7
From: Blog Manager
Date: 2 Jan 2008 04:55:25 -0000
Subject: [Baren 34723] Baren Member blogs: Update Notification
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The following new entries were found on the listed printmaker's websites during the past 24 hours. (40 sites checked, five minutes before midnight Eastern time)


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Author: Annie B
Item: Take It With You


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