Today's postings

  1. [Baren 36976] Re: An Engraver's View ("Mark Mason")
  2. [Baren 36977] Re: New Baren Digest (HTML) V44 #4539 (Sep 19, 2008) (debra percival)
  3. [Baren 36978] Re: An Engraver's View (aqua4tis #
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Message 1
From: "Mark Mason"
Date: Fri, 19 Sep 2008 13:38:43 GMT
Subject: [Baren 36976] Re: An Engraver's View
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Hi Andy,

I decided to go with Moku Hanga after a few years of trying to choose which
end of the block to cut into. I was enthralled by the wood engravings in the
Alice in Wonderland books and early Punch illustrations (Black line
technique, I think it's called) but also by Hokusai's Manga sketchbooks,
other Japanese print books and Hiroshige's colour prints.

I decided to go Japanese because of the beauty of the brushed line and the
colour effects possible with water based printing. I realised that the Black
Line technique was just a technological necessity of the time if you wanted
to print something that looked like linework; a technique that all but died
out when modern (late Victorian) photo reproduction methods arrived, making
hundreds of mainly home-working engravers redundant.

Unlike your beautiful, more White line technique (I think), which produces
images that could only be made as a print, and so has survived as an
artistic technique in it's own right.

For a short while, Western printers played around with a combination of end
grain engraving and side grain (Japanese style) colour blocks to produce
full colour illustrations; mainly for brightening up children's books. I've
seen a few and they're a very interesting mix. Maybe you could give it a try
as a way of dipping your toe into the watery depths of Moku Hanga.
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Message 2
From: debra percival
Date: Fri, 19 Sep 2008 14:03:23 GMT
Subject: [Baren 36977] Re: New Baren Digest (HTML) V44 #4539 (Sep 19, 2008)
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Hi Everyone,
I have enjoyed the exchange discussion.  It was like a good family get together.  A group is alive when there is lots of emotion and strong opinions.
 Maria, I hope to put my name down for an exchange in the near future, after I buy a real baren and move family and studio. Taking part in an exchange would be a welcome challenge.
The past exchanges are incredible to look at!!!
Happy carving everyone.

 Debra James Percival
 Artist/Instructor/Non-Toxic Printmaker
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Message 3
From: aqua4tis #
Date: Fri, 19 Sep 2008 15:48:52 GMT
Subject: [Baren 36978] Re: An Engraver's View
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i havent been able to participate in the exchanges much lately (working on my MFA) but i? wanted to say that i agree with andy about the exchanges. things have been working just fine so far. "if it aint broke, dont fix it"