Today's postings

  1. [Baren 34971] Re: why printmaking? (Ann Louise Schnepf)
  2. [Baren 34972] Re: Baren Digest (old) V42 #4216 ("Marilynn Smith")
  3. [Baren 34973] Re: why printmaking? ("Ellen Shipley")
  4. [Baren 34974] Re: why printmaking? ("Bea Gold")
  5. [Baren 34975] Baren Member blogs: Update Notification (Blog Manager)
  6. [Baren 34976] Spudnik Press featured on Get Fresh Cut ("Angee Lennard")
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Message 1
From: Ann Louise Schnepf
Date: Sat, 02 Feb 2008 09:23:33 -0500
Subject: [Baren 34971] Re: why printmaking?
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There are many moments that I can appreciate most of the posts.
I would add that
printmaking for me has been a link to past artists who's work I have
greatly admired.
In learning about the technique that they use to achieve what drew me
to them in the first place,
I gain a whole new level of respect for their abilities, and an
understanding of my own in how I translate what it is like to be an
artist in this century.

Printing making is also a way for me to understand my paintings. The
nature of many printing techniques requires me to slow down my
thinking process and therefore requires me to consider what I am
doing in a different way. Eventually they end up informing each
other and my work is the better for it.

Printmaking for me is an extension of my painting and drawing and a
new way to express my self in a different medium that
may be more suitable for the image or the message.

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Message 2
From: "Marilynn Smith"
Date: Sat, 2 Feb 2008 06:55:56 -0800
Subject: [Baren 34972] Re: Baren Digest (old) V42 #4216
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Why did I get into printmaking??? I walked into a print studio and watched
a print being pulled from a press, it was a monotype. WOW, I just had to do
this. It was different from painting, which was my main art form. Prints
are unique, different from anything else being made in the world. Why did
God create flowers or a beautiful sunset and most of all why did he create
what we call weeds??? Prints are the dandelions, the weeds, they are
multiples that can live in the hands of many. They spread their seeds,
thoughts of the world around us, across to the many, not just to one

In human development hand eye coordination is an important skill. Carving a
block is a different skill than working with clay or painting with a brush.
Also, any image can be placed on a block, not just something a person has
created themselves, but a photo. So, almost, anyone can sit and carve out
an image, done well or not. Creating something helps to build self esteem.
In a child it is part of developing a fully functioning brain, one that
understands the differences between space, value and color. Creating a
balanced image, a pleasing grouping of colors and contrasts are good for the
brain! Working with a chisel and wood brings about appreciation for the
natural and beautiful qualities of wood. Even the masses looking at a wood
block that has been cut can admire the beauty of the wood itself and how
important it is as a resource. Using cutting tools for developing young
minds helps them to learn to take care, do not cut in a manner that will
hurt you. Do not live in a manner that will hurt you. Also they learn
patience, it takes time to arrive at a finished product.

Just my rambling thoughts.
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Message 3
From: "Ellen Shipley"
Date: Sat, 2 Feb 2008 14:46:18 -0800
Subject: [Baren 34973] Re: why printmaking?
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I have such fond memories of making potato prints! 8-] Boy that takes me back....


print blog:
etsy shop:
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Message 4
From: "Bea Gold"
Date: Sat, 2 Feb 2008 16:25:51 -0800
Subject: [Baren 34974] Re: why printmaking?
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I have a woodcut print hanging in my house that had to be done before I was
eighteen because it has my maiden name on it it and I was married when I was
eighteen and changed my name. I'm 80 this year. I can not imagine art
without woodcut prints - the controlled Japanese - the wild Expressionists.
Then I think about all the other kinds of prints including remembering the
odor of the acid for aquatints and the prints done with kids, sponge prints,
vegetable prints and the years the family gathered around a table to do
holiday prints to go out as cards to family and friends. Thanks for the
question - it brings up great memories. Bea Gold
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Message 5
From: Blog Manager
Date: 3 Feb 2008 04:55:37 -0000
Subject: [Baren 34975] 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: Artist Printmaker on line

Author: ainesse
Item: The CHRISTMAS MACHINE is here again......


[Baren] members: if you have a printmaking blog (or a website with a published ATOM feed), and wish it to be included in this daily checklist, please write to the Baren Blog Manager at:

For reference, sites/blogs currently being checked are:
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Message 6
From: "Angee Lennard"
Date: Sat, 2 Feb 2008 23:35:18 -0600
Subject: [Baren 34976] Spudnik Press featured on Get Fresh Cut
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As you all may or may not know, I run a small cooperative print studio in
Chicago, Spudnik Press. We only officially opened in June, and are still
young and working out the kinks. To get to the point, I was recently
interviewed by Get Fresh. Who/what is Get Fresh? In their own words: " We
took a break from producing content for large media networks to make videos
that we care about.". If you want to check out the video that gives a nice
shout out to printmaking, visit

Thanks everyone. Hope y'all have a grand day!