Today's postings

  1. [Baren 39556] Re: Baren Digest (old) V48 #4928 (Marilynn Smith)
  2. [Baren 39557] Re: New Baren Digest (Text) V48 #4926 (Aug 10, 2009) (Sharri LaPierre)
  3. [Baren 39558] Re: New Baren Digest (Text) V48 #4926 (Aug 10, 2009) (ArtfulCarol #
  4. [Baren 39559] Baren Member blogs: Update Notification (Blog Manager)
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Message 1
From: Marilynn Smith
Date: Thu, 13 Aug 2009 15:38:37 GMT
Subject: [Baren 39556] Re: Baren Digest (old) V48 #4928
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Letters are fun. Not sure I would do the next exchange, getting a new
kitchen in soon. Could it be letters and symbols? I was thinking
along the lines of including things like cave are, the beginning of
things written. Those would be symbols in my mind. One could use
any alphabet and go as far back as the beginnings of mans
"scribbles". Things like the ampersand, the dollar sign, the percent
sign, arrows, could be used, that would be fun too.

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Message 2
From: Sharri LaPierre
Date: Thu, 13 Aug 2009 16:24:27 GMT
Subject: [Baren 39557] Re: New Baren Digest (Text) V48 #4926 (Aug 10, 2009)
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It may come as a surprise to all, but of course I remember the
Alphabet Exchange, but I consider it far from what I would term an
illuminated letter exchange. I guess I still don't understand what
you have in mind, Carol. Having just returned from a week with the
grandkids maybe my brain just hasn't engaged again, yet.... I know
for sure that my body hasn't recovered. ;-)

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Message 3
From: ArtfulCarol #
Date: Thu, 13 Aug 2009 19:50:52 GMT
Subject: [Baren 39558] Re: New Baren Digest (Text) V48 #4926 (Aug 10, 2009)
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No hidden meanings. Just a website about illuminated letters for Baren
information and I
wanted to tell about the Alphabet Exchange.


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Subject: Sometimes I'm Married, 2009
Posted by: Annie B


I've been swamped with illustration work lately so I haven't been doing any printmaking, or blogging for that matter. But this weekend Lynn and I will be celebrating our 5th wedding anniversary and I wanted to show you this year's installment of the print series I call Sometimes I'm Married. I worked on this print during the moku hanga workshop I taught last month.

As I explained last year, I think of these prints as a gradual reduction series examining the state of my marriage. I plan to revisit this print every year around our wedding anniversary until all the states are one color.

A reduction print is a print created by cutting a block, printing it, then cutting some more and printing again. In this series the gold block stays the same, but the overprinted blue block will be gradually reduced.

At least that was the plan, but then came California. Because I had carved away California in 2008 (since at that point we were legally married there), the passage of Proposition 8 making gay marriage once again illegal in California ruined my plan. I had to put California back. Which meant I had to re-carve the blue block.

California is a conundrum. I read somewhere that same-gender couples who are married in other states might be married in California too as long as they were married before Proposition 8 was passed. But nobody seems sure about that. I'm optimistic, so I made California striped to signify that we might be married there. Despite the California seesaw, the Northeast is positively glowing with gay marriage (no wonder I love it here) and, well, Iowa was an awfully nice surprise. Yay Iowa!

Here's the series so far.


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Subject: "My window" print exchange
Posted by: Alynn Guerra

I signed up for a print exchange with the theme: "My window", that was back in April and then it seemed like I had all the time in the world to finish on time in August. This has been one more reminder that I have no sense of time, even in July I thought August was far away. One day I read an email reminding us of the deadline; I checked my calendar and then I realized that I had just 1 week to

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Subject: Psalm 15
Posted by: Daniel L. Dew

It all started with a picture.  
I drive by this church a lot and have always loved the architecture, sculptures and stained glass windows.  I even went there on a school trip with my daughter many, many years ago.
Then I came to Psalm 15.
"LORD, who may dwell in your sanctuary? 
       Who may live on your holy hill?"
and I thought of this image.  Then came the next question: how to best represent the idea in my head.  I wanted something ethereal, other worldly, there but not there...

Here is the final printed image.  I found a few nicks that need repaired, but that can wait until editioning starts.  I used cherry wood, but to my horror, the wood was cut cross grain, with no room to turn the image.  So, i tried a new trick.

I carve the major areas out normally, using a small v tool and a large U gouge.
Then I took a fine point etching tool (we called them pig stickers in college) and carefully scratched out the wood to create the secondary lines.

I think it came out cool looking.  The scratch marks allowed me to show or add an additional level to the image that I could not carve.

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