Today's postings

  1. < (Lana Lambert)
  2. [Baren 38582] Re: request for help! (carol Montgomery)
  3. [Baren 38583] Re: (RAKESH BANI)
  4. [Baren 38584] sparkly stuff (Cucamongie #
  5. [Baren 38585] Re: New Baren Digest (HTML) V47 #4772 (Apr 4, 2009) (Marilynn Smith)
  6. [Baren 38586] Status of Exchange #41 Theme ("Maria Arango")
  7. [Baren 38587] "My window" (guadalupe Vic)
  8. [Baren 38588] Ads & Ops (Mary Kuster)
  9. [Baren 38589] Re: Ads & Ops (Graham Scholes)
  10. [Baren 38590] How to fix a traumatised small v cutter (gcleahy05 #
  11. [Baren 38591] Baren Member blogs: Update Notification (Blog Manager)
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Message 1
From: Lana Lambert
Date: Sun, 05 Apr 2009 14:08:02 GMT
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My address is:

Lana Lambert
419 Homestead Hills
Afton, VA 22920

As far as mica dusting goes, I haven't tried water based yet. I wondered about the wet paper and dusting off but since my printing methods have graduated from really wet paper to "barely cool to the touch phyllo dough" wet, I can see how it could work. It would probably be easier than how I was doing it.
I have a large canister of rubber based transparent white that I am using up so that is what I use in place of "rabbit skin glue".
I plan out what I want metallic first and then I pull all of my color proofs. The proofs that will be metallic I let dry FIRST and then adhere to the block for carving. If you don't do this they won't register when you go to print with the rubber based ink with dry paper.
Anyway, that's my two cents.
Try letting your wet prints "set up a bit" before you print the metallic parts and maybe that will help? *Shrug*

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Message 2
From: carol Montgomery
Date: Sun, 05 Apr 2009 14:28:35 GMT
Subject: [Baren 38582] Re: request for help!
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Hi, Benny - Water based ink works for me on dry paper. Carol M
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Message 3
Date: Sun, 05 Apr 2009 15:25:20 GMT
Subject: [Baren 38583] Re:
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Hello Lana,
But I sended you in the same adress , and the post was returned to me
back , don't know why. ? so I will send you again don't worry,
ok bye .take care.
rakesh bani
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Message 4
From: Cucamongie #
Date: Sun, 05 Apr 2009 16:51:18 GMT
Subject: [Baren 38584] sparkly stuff
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Benny, I have used rice paste mixed w/mica or on the oily side, I have used
transparent base mixed w/mica or metallic ink mixed with mica.

Here's a link to one of my sparkly experiments (oily ink) used for the
periodic table of elements print project.


happy printmaking,
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Message 5
From: Marilynn Smith
Date: Sun, 05 Apr 2009 17:07:58 GMT
Subject: [Baren 38585] Re: New Baren Digest (HTML) V47 #4772 (Apr 4, 2009)
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Theme: green, leaf and fauna all seem about the same. But I probably
should not vote as I will not do this exchange. We leave for the
states the middle of May, kind of hard to work out doing an exchange
with the travel.

As for the powdered pigments, I never made the paste to store, I have
always just mixed enough for each edition and stored it in a glass
jar. I have found it seems to blend better if I use alcohol first and
than add water to the consistency I want. You will need a mortar and
pestle for the process. The powder goes a long ways and stores easily,
it also gives some nice bright colors. I would use a mask when
blending as it can make a fine dust.

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Message 6
From: "Maria Arango"
Date: Sun, 05 Apr 2009 23:17:16 GMT
Subject: [Baren 38586] Status of Exchange #41 Theme
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Originally suggested:
1-Questions and Answers
5-My Window (view from, as I see it)
1-My Studio
1-Marks, Signature, Imprint

Additional suggested:
1-No theme

As has been mentioned, Leaf and Landscape could easily go under the "Green"
My Window and My Studio could also combine and Marks/Signature/Imprint could
go under the Abstract theme. I'm going to drop all the 1 votes to streamline
the process.
If I do all that, the new results would be:

6-My Window/My Studio (view from, as I see it)
3-Abstract/Marks, Signature, Imprint
6-Green (Leaf/Landscape/Color, Colour, etc.)

So anyone who has not voted yet, please vote for one of the revised three
categories only.

Sign up page has been revised and uploaded as has the Exchange 41
Information page:


       Maria Arango
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Message 7
From: guadalupe Vic
Date: Sun, 05 Apr 2009 23:21:19 GMT
Subject: [Baren 38587] "My window"
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Dear Rakesh Bani: I understand what you mean about living liberty for the theme of the print.

Nevertheless the collections that have a theme (in my opinion) are unique in the way that they are different representations of the same topic by many artists. It is like very conceptual and powerful that many artists are thinking of the same theme when working in different parts of the world.

When I heard about the suggestion of the theme “My window” I immediately thought what a wonderful idea to have an exhibit in Monterrey with 30 “My window” prints from Baren and 30 “My window” prints from local artists. (Unfortunately this idea has to wait though, I do not know how many years for my schedule to do).

This is also why I am doing the Four Oceans exchange about the elements. The theme is great.

In any case, one of the impressive things to me about the Prints for Peace 2008 collection is that so many artists send their print with the theme of peace to be used in panel discussions about peace and new local calls about peace in México.
Best Regards, Guadalupe

Dra. Guadalupe Victorica

Arte Desarrollo Humano

Segunda Convocatoria Internacional Grabados por la Paz México 2009 IMNRC
Primer Colectiva Internacional de Grabado 2009
Second International Prints for Peace 2009, First International Printmaking Collective 2009
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Message 8
From: Mary Kuster
Date: Mon, 06 Apr 2009 00:48:01 GMT
Subject: [Baren 38588] Ads & Ops
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Don't forget that I will be posting the April "Ads and Ops"
Newsletter/Digest on the 15th. I'll need your /ad or op/ by the
13th, please.
Submit ads to

Your ads coordinator,

Mary Kuster
mkuster at kusterart dot com
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Message 9
From: Graham Scholes
Date: Mon, 06 Apr 2009 01:59:31 GMT
Subject: [Baren 38589] Re: Ads & Ops
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[Repeated self-promoting message deleted]
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Message 10
From: gcleahy05 #
Date: Mon, 06 Apr 2009 04:18:44 GMT
Subject: [Baren 38590] How to fix a traumatised small v cutter
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Hi am hopeless with sharpening, which is why I have stuck with lino so long, however I purchased some western style tools and a arkensas stone (see blog for picture) and have destroyed poor tool, can I fix this myself?  Is the answer to my problem that the stone was to big, or am I just very clumsy?
I never had this problem with lino!!  I just used cheap size 1 or 2 v cutter blade for a month or so then replaced them. 

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Subject: Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein - 1966
Posted by: Julio

A few weeks back the discussion turned to such topics as the current trend of appropriating other's images (commercial, graphic, computer altered, etc.) in the name of creating Art. These two videos from an USA Arts program from 1966 focus on two leaders of pop art and their preoccupations as the "movement" shifts to newer trends. To some critics both artists 'borrowed' from other commercial or Graphic work to certain degrees. While not exactly a printmaking topic I think this rare footage is worth a look.

The Roy Lichtenstein (1923-1997) video shows rare footage of the artist at his studio working on several pieces and the artist describes at length his technique, comic book ideas and other themes.

The Andy Warhol (1928-1987) video is quite humorous in a sense as we see a 'younger' and quite distant Warhol. There is a clip of screeprinting at the Silver Factory and some rare footage of Warhol's inner circle.

For more info follow this link

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Subject: On a Bright Sunny Day
Posted by: Annie B


Today was a bright sunny New England spring day. In my imagination the day that Dorothy May Bradford drowned was a bright sunny New England winter day. Here are the first two color impressions for my Dorothy May print. It's another long tall one -- I seem to like that format.

Tomorrow I need to dig in to some commercial illustration work, but I'm hoping to carve the next block tomorrow night and maybe get the next layer printed on Tuesday.

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Subject: Limulus emerging
Posted by: Pistoles Press

Well, I am very much excited to have finished the DNA border on my Limulus print. I started this print in January and here spring is to usher me on to the final stages of this block! Today I cleared out much of the surrounding wood from the border and carved the perimeter of the Limulus' shell. You can see the myriad of wood used to construct this piece of plywood and each piece has been a pain in my ass. None the less they were each one a lesson learned. I'm going to be carving out the Limulus itself on Tuesday and I'm a bit nervous about that. The border was hard because there was so much detail and repetition that is was more of an exercise in endurance than anything else. The horseshoe crab I want to approach just right so that the intricate border is complimented by a skillfully executed subject. I will be referencing woodblock artists who have carved dark pieces but still conveyed depth. The border is mostly lines with some solid shapes but the horseshoe crab will be mostly solid shape with white lines conveying depth. Like I said.... I'm nervous!
Those two lung shaped pieces on either side of the Limulus' tail will stay. I am leaving those large pieces in to help . . .
[Long item has been trimmed at this point. The full blog entry can be viewed here]

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Subject: Lino inferior to wood?
Posted by: Georgina

My first woodcut attempts have not impressed me at all. It is probably my skill level with the wood but there is a lot more freedom with lino, for example I shall post Dugong 10,9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1. Could anyone print this with wood? I cannot imagine going around the corners and cutting such an even smooth line with wood, but maybe thats just my inexperience with this medium? Off the top of my head that print was 40 by 60cm. I printed it with the best press in the world that I have used (the wonderful hydraulic press at QCA) Nothing can compare to this press except maybe a bigger and better hydraulic press! It is to be able to use this press again that I consider doing honors (an extra year so that I can say BFA (Hons) It is certainly not a love of theory. Maybe I will or maybe I won't but I know that I will always love that press!

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Posted by: Georgina

This is my first wood cut, look at it and feel very good about yourselves all you people who cut wood and sharpen tools succesfully! because this was a unhappy experience for me. The good thing is that wood prints better than lino. Much better and very easily. The bad thing is that I have probably brought the wrong sharpening stone for the wrong tool. I have destroyed in one sitting that poor little tool tool can see in the photo. I was (under advice of nice man at the shop) told to buy that arkensas stone that you can also see, and to sharpen very carefully. Well I obviously did not sharpen carefully! I also did not pay attention to wise advice on the barenforum ! This tool now cannot even cut lino and upon inspection I can see that the tool was to fine for the stone edge , any suggestions about restoring this tool to a workable edge would be welcome.

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Posted by: Georgina

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