Today's postings

  1. [Baren 36372] Baren Member blogs: Update Notification (Blog Manager)
  2. [Baren 36373] Colours (Tom Kristensen)
  3. [Baren 36374] Re: wood vs. lino (Sharri LaPierre)
  4. [Baren 36375] Re: Colours and brushes. (Scholes Graham)
  5. [Baren 36376] Re: wood vs. lino (ArtSpotiB #
  6. [Baren 36377] Re: wood vs. lino (Shawn + Elizabeth Newton)
  7. [Baren 36378] Re: New Baren Digest (HTML) V44 #4459 (Aug 5, 2008) (Gayle Wohlken)
  8. [Baren 36379] Re: Am I too prejudiced? (Marissa)
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Message 1
From: Blog Manager
Date: 6 Aug 2008 03:55:28 -0000
Subject: [Baren 36372] 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. (51 sites checked, five minutes before midnight Eastern time)


Site Name: Amanda's Art Blog

Author: Amanda
Item: A Place for Everything, Everything in It's Place


Site Name: Burnishings

Author: Amie Roman
Item: Free Advertising


Site Name: Maria Regina Pinto Pereira

Author: MaRegina
Item: artista do męs - FOUR OCEANS PRESS - Artist of the Month


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Message 2
From: Tom Kristensen
Date: Wed, 6 Aug 2008 15:40:20 +1000
Subject: [Baren 36373] Colours
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Welcome to Linda. On the topic of colour, I make Moku hanga and I use
dry pigments. I like mixing my colours from scratch and I avoid all
the weird additives that come in tubes.

Most pigment powders will easily make a paste with a little added
water. To this paste I add a little liquid gum of arabic and then
more water to achieve a nice consistency. Occasionally I use a little
alcohol to dissolve the pigment. Some synthetic (?) pigments are
little tricky, but in the end they all seem to settle down. I have
never tried adding a dispersant. For black I use the sumi paste sold
through the mall. For white I use powdered titanium oxide. The
titanium can be mixed with all other colours to produce pastel
shades. The titanium has an opacity that can be used to good effect,
it is very good for making an easily controlled bokashi.

My studio is full of small plastic containers with dried up batches
of colour from past projects. When I need to reuse a colour I spray
in a little water and start mixing. For the job of mixing I have a
set of the small Sosaku Hanga Bake brushes found on the mall. These
brushes have short stiff bristles that are ideal for the job. Yes, it
does take some time, but I find that time spent thinking about the
ink and the colour is time well spent.

Tom in Australia
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Message 3
From: Sharri LaPierre
Date: Tue, 05 Aug 2008 23:22:36 -0700
Subject: [Baren 36374] Re: wood vs. lino
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The address should be instead of .org. Try
Which is very nice work, by the way!

Hi Charles, one of my most favorite persons!'

Cheers ~
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Message 4
From: Scholes Graham
Date: Tue, 5 Aug 2008 23:45:14 -0700
Subject: [Baren 36375] Re: Colours and brushes.
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Well explained Tom.... I had forgotten about gum of arabic....
Doesn’t this in fact act like a dispersant and hold the pigment

Prior to using your Sosaku Hanga-bake brushes... do you soak them first.

On the subject of brushes...
I moved up to the Professional Mara-bake brushes a number of years
ago.... I tried one and liked it so much purchased several other...
They are nicely prepared and require no burning and shaping.

However the Sosaku Mara-bake brushes are extremely good and other than
having to prepare them .... get that shaped pointy hair .... they are
excellent. ... A great price as well. Be careful that the brush you
get, that the hair does not readily come out.
We have had this happen as Bootcamp when folks brought new brushes
with them.... They got replacements after they got back home.

I sure like the prices now that the Canadian $ is at par with US... or
close to it.... Now is the time to stock up on some products from the
Mall fellow Canucks....

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Message 5
From: ArtSpotiB #
Date: Wed, 6 Aug 2008 04:36:47 EDT
Subject: [Baren 36376] Re: wood vs. lino
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Regarding museums and collectors... and the archival qualities of paper,

Sometimes venues and personnel are forced to choose which work will be
preserved/repaired. This can be an economic/management/political decisions. Art
works created with an eye to the future have a larger chance to be around

So I say, just be aware of the possible consequences and make your choice
according to what is most important to you, the artist. There's room for everyone
in our wonderful world of art. Make it as you wish, just make your decisions
consciously and with the best information.

ArtSpot Out
BA late at night, probably babbling foolishly...

Underground nuclear testing, defoliation of the rain forests, toxic waste
... Let's put it this way: if the world were a big apartment, we wouldn't
get our deposit back. -John Ross
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Message 6
From: Shawn + Elizabeth Newton
Date: Wed, 6 Aug 2008 05:46:56 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: [Baren 36377] Re: wood vs. lino
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whoops! wrong end!
not .org!!! how silly of me.
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Message 7
From: Gayle Wohlken
Date: Wed, 06 Aug 2008 08:55:05 -0400
Subject: [Baren 36378] Re: Long Quoted Material in Posts adds to Archivist's Job
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Bareners, it's exciting to see all the new postings as it makes the
forum interesting. May I suggest that you not put long quotes within
your messages. You can put in just enough that we understand what you
are talking about, but to put into your own post the entire quoted
material from someone's else's message causes a real build-up and that
in turn triggers majordomo to fling out another digest, which in
another turn makes extra work for moi. Yesterday I had four digests
to put into the archives (I saved one of them for this morning as it
was midnight by the time I could get to them). I will be reminding
you from time to time, sorry. On days we have only one digest, I
don't mind, but when several a day are coming at me, I feel the
pressure...especially when I can't get to them all because I'm having
a big art day, myself. :-) Thanks for your consideration.

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Message 8
From: Marissa
Date: Wed, 6 Aug 2008 08:57:40 -0400
Subject: [Baren 36379] Re: Am I too prejudiced?
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Agreed. Prejudice and preference are not the same thing.