Today's postings

  1. [Baren 34730] New Member Introduction & Happy New Year ("myhermitude")
  2. [Baren 34731] Re: printing white (Annie Bissett)
  3. [Baren 34732] solarplate (Cucamongie #
  4. [Baren 34733] Re: New Member Introduction & Happy New Year ("Ellen Shipley")
  5. [Baren 34734] Baren Member blogs: Update Notification (Blog Manager)
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Message 7
From: "myhermitude"
Date: Thu, 3 Jan 2008 08:06:44 -0500
Subject: [Baren 34730] New Member Introduction & Happy New Year
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Hello baren-ers,

Let me try sending this again (tried on New Year's Day, but evidently my
post may not have been received). As a new member, I thought I'd introduce
myself and wish you all a Happy and Productive New Year.

For quite awhile, I've been enjoying visiting your sites and reading some of
the archived (and now newest) member messages and articles from David Bull.
When I become more proficient, I hope to participate in the Baren Forum's
print exchanges. I live in Central Florida, USA, and if I'm lucky, I'll find
others in my immediate locale who do woodblock printmaking (especially moku
hanga); I've not been active in any art communities here, and I tend to be a
bit of an urban hermit. I do have a few acquaintances, whose work I admire,
on the Baren Forum through my previous work in the World Haiku Club and the
editing and production of it's online magazine, World Haiku Review. Hello to
those I've met through that work with WHC/WHR, and to those I've yet to make
acquaintance with.

I'm just getting started with woodblock printmaking (at long last!), and
look forward to when I will have the tools and materials needed to start
learning the Japanese methods, although it may take me awhile to amass what
I need for that. I have recently carved and run an artist's proof from my
first recent and very humble woodblock, the backside of a piece from some
discarded exterior siding carved with beginner's tools, printed with readily
available water-based Speedball ink. The last times I've done that were in
high school art class, decades ago, and in a community college printmaking
class, almost as many decades ago. I've posted my first attempt on a blog
site I started recently in my various efforts to get my creative impulses
jump-started and running:

My favorite hanga and woodblock/woodcut artists include American artist,
Karen Kunc, Japanese sosaku hanga artists, Kiyoshi Saito (my all time
favorite), Junichiro Sekino and Rokushi Mizufune...there are more. During a
trip to Japan, a group I was with decided to dine at a little restaurant in
Kamakura, where I was delighted to find walls covered with actual woodblock
prints of Kiyoshi Saito. To that point, I'd seen his works only through
Internet images and books. I was in my idea of art Nirvana for over 3 weeks
from Tokyo and Kamakura to Akita and back down to Kyoto.

Best Wishes,

DW (Debi) Bender
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Message 1
From: Annie Bissett
Date: Thu, 3 Jan 2008 08:23:11 -0500
Subject: [Baren 34731] Re: printing white
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Happy new year, fellow bareners!

I second what Barbara said about using gouache to print white over or
under Akua inks. I've used both white gouache and white tempera
paints to overprint darker colors (moku hanga method). I didn't
achieve 100% coverage -- there's still some transparency -- but it
definitely lightened the undercolors substantially. Both paints
seemed to interact well with Akua inks.

Sharri, thanks for your comments about my first little print of 2008.
It's here if anyone wants to take a look:

All the best in '08 -
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Message 2
From: Cucamongie #
Date: Thu, 3 Jan 2008 11:21:12 EST
Subject: [Baren 34732] solarplate
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Patti and others, I can tell you that while a solarplate may fall apart
sooner if you print relief, I have printed editions of small intaglio prints of
60-70 prints with no degradation. I am sure that the pressure of the press
has to do w/it as well. Also, as I use oil-based ink I clean up using oil, not
water, and I think the plates probably last longer when you don't wash in
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Message 3
From: "Ellen Shipley"
Date: Thu, 3 Jan 2008 11:42:52 -0800
Subject: [Baren 34733] Re: New Member Introduction & Happy New Year
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Hi Debi,

Liked the printmakers you mentioned, especially Karen Kunc. Thanx for the links.


print blog:
etsy shop:
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Message 4
From: Blog Manager
Date: 4 Jan 2008 04:55:35 -0000
Subject: [Baren 34734] 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. (40 sites checked, five minutes before midnight Eastern time)


Site Name: Wood Engraver

Author: Andy English
Item: A Happy New Year and a Seasonal Engraving


Site Name: Flights of Art

Author: Carol
Item: New work-prints on fabric


Site Name: mLee Fine Art

Author: m.Lee
Item: Well, this made my day!


Site Name: Belinda Del Pesco Fine Art Blog

Item: Watercolor: Sunny


Site Name: Phare-Camp Art Journal

Author: Phare-Camp
Item: Pledge to Cut Hair on Mom's Birthday


Site Name: Amy Stoner's Fine Art Blog

Author: Amy Stoner
Item: New Paintings for a New Year


Site Name: VELOPRINT : A Journal of Printmaking and Bicycling

Author: Beezix
Item: Making Prints in 2008


Site Name: Kathe Welch

Author: Kathe Welch
Item: Fundraiser for Frank Bette...

Author: Kathe Welch
Item: Maps to...


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