Today's postings

  1. [Baren 35269] piggy (brad robinson)
  2. [Baren 35270] Controlling moisture in the paper ("Orgren Alex C (Alex)")
  3. [Baren 35271] Re: Controlling moisture in the paper ("Roy")
  4. [Baren 35272] Sign Up for The Spring Exchange w/ FOP ("Heather P.")
  5. [Baren 35273] Baren Member blogs: Update Notification (Blog Manager)
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Message 1
From: brad robinson
Date: Mon, 10 Mar 2008 09:11:12 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: [Baren 35269] piggy
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now that i have finished my rat, i looked through the archives of past years and didn't see my pig in the "year of the pig" archives. i'm not sure who updates the archives, but whoever it is if you didn't get one from me please let me know and i will send one your way so it can be with the others.
i also want to say thanks to all of you who have sent rats, it is always such a pleasure to get some snail mail other than a bill at my door! keep 'em coming!

best, brad

Brad Robinson
Film & Event Production
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Message 2
From: "Orgren Alex C (Alex)"
Date: Mon, 10 Mar 2008 18:11:22 -0400
Subject: [Baren 35270] Controlling moisture in the paper
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Hello everyone,

I've made some progress in my struggle to print large areas smoothly, but
I'm not there yet. I'm feeling better about controlling water, pigment and
paste on the brush and the block, and my new korokoro baren makes it much
easier than the plastic disk baren. I can now get the same color to print
evenly on a couple different papers, not on others. I suspect that the
heavier paper gets too dry over the course of printing, but not in a uniform
way. Some areas on each sheet are adequately wet, but others are not. The
behavior is quite consistent across sheets. Does anyone have some tricks on
keeping paper evenly damp despite unevenness in its loss of moisture? Should
I remoisten slightly and let it sit overnight to distribute correctly?

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Message 3
From: "Roy"
Date: Mon, 10 Mar 2008 17:14:26 -0700
Subject: [Baren 35271] Re: Controlling moisture in the paper
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I've found, in our sometimes less than 10% humidity, that keeping a damp
cloth between the top of the 'yet to be printed pile' and its plastic cover
helps. The back of each sheet, just before it is taken out to be printed,
gets a few moments against the damp cloth.

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Message 4
From: "Heather P."
Date: Mon, 10 Mar 2008 19:04:39 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: [Baren 35272] Sign Up for The Spring Exchange w/ FOP
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Four Oceans Press is still having sign-ups for their third Hand-pulled Print exchange.
There are 7 more spots available and we really would love to have a full set... There is
still time to sign-up and pull a full set before the turn in deadline - if you can
pull 27 prints in the next 36 days then please sign up!!! I hope you will consider
joining this Spring 2008 Print Exchange.

All of the details can be found on their website at


Color: B/W or Color. Color is encouraged, but we love a good b/w image.

Image Size: At least 6 x 8 but no larger than 8.5 x 11.

Paper Size: Paper must be no larger than 8.5 x 11. It is OK if the image bleeds
off the edge of the paper.

Medium: Woodblock, Linoleum, Serigraph, Lithograph or Intaglio

Paper type: Any archival paper appropriate to your printing method can be used.

Print Deadline: April 15, 2008

Their first exchange has been mailed back to the Artists involved and you can see all
the prints on the archive page at

If you can not get involved this time, check the website regularly for the next
exchange and other projects. If you need a longer period of time to finish prints please
consider joining the Food Alphabet Exchange ( Letters still Open are: I, J, K, N,
U, V, W & Y ) Sign ups are now, but the prints are not due until June 2008.

Take a Look, Read, Consider and then Sign up...

As always, Thank you to all the Artists on the Baren who have been a part of the Four
Oceans Press Exchanges or other Exchanges that I have been a part of. Baren is such a
great place to meet other print-makers & learn more about printmaking... I'm currently
working on both the Spring Exchange for FOP and on my Exchange #36 for Baren - I'll
let you know when they are finished and you can check out my website to see the finished prints :)

Thanks & Smiles,
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Message 5
From: Blog Manager
Date: 11 Mar 2008 03:55:46 -0000
Subject: [Baren 35273] 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. (44 sites checked, five minutes before midnight Eastern time)


Site Name: mLee Fine Art

Author: Marissa L. Swinghammer
Item: Thank You!


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