Today's postings

  1. [Baren 34938] Re: Baren Digest (old) V42 #4212 ("Marilynn Smith")
  2. [Baren 34939] Re: Carving fruitwood (L Cass)
  3. [Baren 34940] periodic table project featured on Etsy, makes Boing Boing ("Bonnie Primbsch")
  4. [Baren 34941] Baren Member blogs: Update Notification (Blog Manager)
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Message 1
From: "Marilynn Smith"
Date: Wed, 30 Jan 2008 09:03:38 -0800
Subject: [Baren 34938] Re: Baren Digest (old) V42 #4212
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I think part of the beauty of working with wood is the grain. I love it
when the grain occasionally surfaces in a piece. If one used gesso the wood
would always be flat, no grain. Also I like as much texture from wood as
possible. I will often work with a rough piece to get unusual and different
effects. It all depends on what you want your print to eventually reflect.

As far as wood drying out, I had that one piece of basswood ply a year or so
back that I had carved. It sat in the warmer Baja climate and got quite
dry. I found it splintered very easily so I used linseed oil to soften it.
Oiling can make cutting easier. But, do not oil blocks that you plan to
print water based!!! I still have that little block and I am recarving it
with a lot more detail and will eventually run it in oil based inks, so all
is not lost. (some times I set projects aside in favor of finishing
something else and ooops forget them).

I think achieving good detail does have to do with the wood, but also with
the carver themselves. Lets face it those with more experience and skill
will carve a finer product. Also, good sharp tools make a huge difference
in your lines. They will be cleaner and probably you will be better able to
achieve a finer quality.
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Message 2
From: L Cass
Date: Wed, 30 Jan 2008 11:40:39 -0500
Subject: [Baren 34939] Re: Carving fruitwood
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RE gesso on a block - wouldn't it make a thickish layer to cut through??

I always coat my blocks with a very thin white gouache -it shows up
my black pen drawn designs and I imagine would be good for
transferred printed ones /and or carbon tracings, etc
For hardening a softish wood several coats of white shellac diluted
with about 50% alchohol works well and for harder woods, coating both sides
with boiled linseed oil (letting it dry before cutting is also good
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Message 3
From: "Bonnie Primbsch"
Date: Wed, 30 Jan 2008 13:58:35 -0800
Subject: [Baren 34940] periodic table project featured on Etsy, makes Boing Boing
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Hey congrats to AzureGrackle & everyone in the periodic table
project--someone at the widely read blog Boing Boing caught wind of the Etsy
interview. Great exposure!

Boing Boing post:

Etsy interview:

An admirer,
Bonnie Primbsch
(apple orchard print in Exchange 33)
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Message 4
From: Blog Manager
Date: 31 Jan 2008 04:55:30 -0000
Subject: [Baren 34941] 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. (42 sites checked, five minutes before midnight Eastern time)


Site Name: Woodblock Dreams

Author: Annie B
Item: Reducing Mecca


Site Name: mLee Fine Art

Author: Marissa L. Swinghammer
Item: Onward!


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