Today's postings

  1. [Baren 39273] Ox Cards (nancy osadchuk)
  2. [Baren 39274] Re: Baren's 2009 Chinese New Year Ox prints ("Bea Gold")
  3. [Baren 39275] Introduction (Robert Arnold)
  4. [Baren 39276] Re: Baren's 2009 Chinese New Year Ox prints (ArtfulCarol #
  5. [Baren 39277] Re: Introduction (Charles Morgan)
  6. [Baren 39278] Re: Introduction ("DePry Clan")
  7. [Baren 39279] Re: Introduction (Georgina Leahy)
  8. [Baren 39280] Surprising Paper Find (Albert Andersen)
  9. [Baren 39281] Baren Member blogs: Update Notification (Blog Manager)
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Message 1
From: nancy osadchuk
Date: Mon, 06 Jul 2009 13:57:06 GMT
Subject: [Baren 39273] Ox Cards
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Well after some procrastination and then a broken bone in a hand, my oxen are plodding on their way. Great collection so far posted on Baren.

Nancy O
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Message 2
From: "Bea Gold"
Date: Mon, 06 Jul 2009 15:49:23 GMT
Subject: [Baren 39274] Re: Baren's 2009 Chinese New Year Ox prints
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Dear Julio and Carol, Thank you for letting me join in on the 2009 Ox adventure. The gallery is lovely. Thanks again, Bea Gold
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Message 3
From: Robert Arnold
Date: Mon, 06 Jul 2009 18:26:38 GMT
Subject: [Baren 39275] Introduction
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My name is Robert Arnold and I live in the cultural mecca of Las Vegas
Nevada. I am new to printmaking and have been following the Baren Forum for
about two months now. I finally decided to make my introduction and ask a
few questions.

I am retired from the U.S. Navy after 22 years and am
currently working for an architecture firm here in Las Vegas. I have a
woodworking shop and a ceramics studio at my home. I have been making
furniture for about 18 years and creating ceramics for about 3 years now. I
have been interested in printmaking for several years now and my interest
has been growing continually so I recently started doing some work and am
finding I really enjoy the process. From what I have seen the forum is
primarily for individual working in woodblock print and wood engraving. I
would like to know if participation is open to other types of relief
printmaking such as linocut or other relief etching processes? I could find
no other forums or discussion groups available that discussed relief
printmaking and would very much like to have the group available as a
resource when I have questions if they are willing.

Thanks, Robert

Robert Arnold, A.A.I.A, CCCA, LEED AP
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Message 4
From: ArtfulCarol #
Date: Mon, 06 Jul 2009 18:41:48 GMT
Subject: [Baren 39276] Re: Baren's 2009 Chinese New Year Ox prints
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All Chinese New Year Cards. --- There is everything---
Humor, cleverness, beauty, craftsmanship, art, variety, enjoyment,
creativity !

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Thank you
Thank you, Julio, for putting this together.
Carol Lyons
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Message 5
From: Charles Morgan
Date: Mon, 06 Jul 2009 18:42:37 GMT
Subject: [Baren 39277] Re: Introduction
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Welcom, Robert. I think you will fit in here just fine!!! The forum, as I understand it, is open to a variety of forms of relief printmaking. Certainly linocut is well represented.

Since you are in Las Vegas, you should get in touch with Maria Arango, who also lives in Las Vegas. She is very knowledgeable about many forms of printmaking.

I will be in Las Vegas in November (I hope!) attending a conference. If possible, perhaps we can get together for a coffee or even something stronger!

Cheers ...... Charles
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Message 6
From: "DePry Clan"
Date: Mon, 06 Jul 2009 19:33:05 GMT
Subject: [Baren 39278] Re: Introduction
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Hey Robert,
Welcome to baren. I am in your neck of the woods here in Henderson (green valley),NV give me a line if you want to talk about relief printmaking. Email me at for my phone number.

Double D
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Message 7
From: Georgina Leahy
Date: Mon, 06 Jul 2009 21:41:46 GMT
Subject: [Baren 39279] Re: Introduction
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Hi Robert

I am quite new here also. I basically only do lino, I initially joined to learn woodcutting and to date I have only done one! I have asked questions about lino and have found the group very responsive. Basically I think that anyone who can cut wood well can cut lino but not neccessarily the other way around. I find the woodcutting very taxing on my wrist and consequently limmiting. I also have learnt a lot about lino printing just by treating most Baren comments as applicable to lino, not just wood and generally that is true. My one wood cut is on my blog, it is called Saint Francis. I spent hours cutting it and my whole body hurt! (pathetic I know) then just for the hell of it I cut a lino block which took me an hour or less! The printed image was not identical but more or less the same! Lino allows more fluidity (for me) Infact I just love lino! So you are not alone here!

Also, about lino as a medium, I recomend that you get out your tools and just spend some time making marks, also just follow your instincts when cutting that is how you will discover your style. It is not a difficult medium, a good print relies on good concept and design.My first ever linocut was accepted into a very prestigious award when I first started! I was devasted 2 years later when after two years of devoting myself to this medium my print was rejected! But I have since learnt to roll with the punches in the printmaking award arena! But that is another story......

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Message 8
From: Albert Andersen
Date: Tue, 07 Jul 2009 03:12:43 GMT
Subject: [Baren 39280] Surprising Paper Find
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Browsing through my local Kinokuniya this weekend, I discovered something
“Versatile & traditional Japanese paper, Washi, for ink-jet printers.”
It came in two varieties: Kozo and 竹 ("Take" - bamboo). At $5 for 20 A4
sheets, I decided to give both a try. I was pleasantly surprised with the

The Kozo paper definitely has kozo fiber in it. It feels a bit 'cloth'-y,
and my little paper cutter couldn't actually cut it; it would rip and tear
the fibers instead.

The Take paper has a neat texture to it. ( ) It's definitely
an 'effect' paper, but I rather like it.

A4 is a somewhat inconvenient size, though. I get two 4x6 prints from each
sheet, wasting 20-30%. 6x8 isn't going to be much better. I might have to go
back and see if they have either a larger or smaller size

Both take ink at least as well as some of the other cheaper washi I've tried
( ). Even better, it
worked very well printed dry. It's a very thin paper, but even with these
relatively saturated prints, the paper didn't wrinkle or noticeably deform.
I'm looking forward to trying it some more with a stiffer baren; right now
I'm still using McClain's cheapest one that came with the starter kit, (but
I have a Murasaki baren and Pla-baren from Baren mall just waiting to come
through customs!)


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Postings made on [Baren] members' blogs
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Subject: Keiji Shinohara in Alabama (and Online)
Posted by: Annie B

Keiji Shinohara, a master woodblock printer who lives in Connecticut and teaches his craft at Wesleyan University, currently has an exhibit on view at Johnson Center for the arts in Troy, Alabama. Happily, the works can be seen online as well.

The intent of the Alabama exhibit is educational as well as aesthetic, to "create a series of works that would visually document the distinctive process of Japanese woodblock printing." To this end, one of the prints is shown with each of the blocks used to create it as well as examples of the successive printing steps.

Keiji Shinohara is also author of one of the best demonstrations of traditional ukiyo-e printing methods on the internet, the Wesleyan Ukiyo-e Techniques site.

This item is taken from the blog Woodblock Dreams.
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