Today's postings

  1. [Baren 35144] Baren Member blogs: Update Notification (Blog Manager)
  2. [Baren 35145] Re: Ink (Sharri LaPierre)
  3. [Baren 35146] Re: New Book: Hiroshige. One Hundred Famous Views of Edo and an Exhibition ("Mark Mason")
  4. [Baren 35147] Re: New Baren Digest (Text) V42 #4243 (Feb 20, 2008) (Jan Telfer)
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Message 1
From: Blog Manager
Date: 21 Feb 2008 04:55:33 -0000
Subject: [Baren 35144] 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. (43 sites checked, five minutes before midnight Eastern time)


Site Name: Woodblock Dreams

Author: Annie B
Item: Swoon


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Message 2
From: Sharri LaPierre
Date: Wed, 20 Feb 2008 23:39:56 -0800
Subject: [Baren 35145] Re: Ink
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Here's my two bits worth on the ink modification question. I prefer
etching inks and modify them with gel medium. They are already
transparent enough (not being as heavily pigmented as litho ink) and
I haven't noticed that the drying time was noticeably extended -
maybe a day or two at most. This is my preference since I also work
intaglio and this way I have a one size fits all kinda thing.
Setswell and I have never learned to get along, but miracle gel
reducer and I have a love affair going. I mix a little of it with
everything and it makes wiping easier along with its other
attributes. For relief I can layer colors that are transparent
enough to mix on the paper and haven't had a problem with shininess,
although I haven't done an image of more than 10 plates.

Hope that's worth two bits!
Cheers ~
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Message 3
From: "Mark Mason"
Date: Thu, 21 Feb 2008 10:01:11 -0000
Subject: [Baren 35146] Re: New Book: Hiroshige. One Hundred Famous Views of Edo and an Exhibition
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I've seen this book on Amazon, it's sounds like a huge tome: 52.4 x 37.8 x 5.4 cm, 20.6 x 14.9 x 2.1 inches !

Amazon UK have it at 52.80 & Delivered FREE in the UK.
Amazon US : $94.50

Anyone in the UK might be interested in an exhibition of Hiroshige prints from the British museum collection. "HIROSHIGE: THE MOON REFLECTED" is on at the Grundy Art Gallery in sunny Blackpool (Lancashire) from 8th March - 26th April.
I've got more details on my blog

"Presented in collaboration with Ikon Gallery Birmingham. This major exhibition of the later colour woodblock prints of 19th century Japanese artist Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858), is curated by British artist Julian Opie, from the collection of The British Museum. "

Here's the British Museum info page on the Exhibition.

I'm just throwing the idea out, but maybe some of Baren's UK members might like to bump into eachother at the exhibition, have a coffee and put real faces to the names?

Just an idea; not an arranged event, but just something informal.

Diane, sorry about being the umpteenth person to mention the measurements. I thought that was the first mention. Sincerest apologies.
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Message 4
From: Jan Telfer
Date: Thu, 21 Feb 2008 21:46:26 +0800
Subject: [Baren 35147] Re: New Baren Digest (Text) V42 #4243 (Feb 20, 2008)
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Dear Terry,

You were lucky to only have to pay 90cUS overseas on only three or four
envelopes if that........... I have to pay twice that on ALL of mine
except 2 for Australia and those in NSW will have the same costs as me
.... but one year if I sent them at Christmas time and we can get away
with them a little less....Merry Christmas! Please don't complain
about your postage... if you want to be in an exchange that is the
price you have to pay and I gladly dish out my postage just to belong
to Baren and be able to participate in an exchange from our isolated
little part of the world. (If I send them sea mail they would take 3
months!). I have had some very lovely Baren members who have offered
to post them from the US if I send them over in a bulk envelope, but I
like all your postage stamps and postage cancellations so I send mine

You should see me getting to the post office with the Baren Large Print
Exchange parcel that we were asked to send flat! $100 with insurance!!

I love being a Baren Member and once all my exchange pieces are sent,
and all the other printmaking exchanges I also do, I don't even give a
second thought to their cost..... one less shirt, one less dress, but
who needs them anyway when you are having fun?

Cheers, Terry, keep smiling,

Perth, Western Australia