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  1. [Baren 39978] Re: New Baren Digest (HTML) V49 #5002 (Oct 16, 2009) (Marilynn Smith)
  2. [Baren 39979] Re: New Baren Digest (HTML) V49 #5002 (Oct 16, 2 009) ("Terry Peart")
  3. [Baren 39980] Akua Kolor ink with monotypes (andrea #
  4. [Baren 39981] Baren Member blogs: Update Notification (Blog Manager)
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Message 1
From: Marilynn Smith
Date: Fri, 16 Oct 2009 21:49:35 GMT
Subject: [Baren 39978] Re: New Baren Digest (HTML) V49 #5002 (Oct 16, 2009)
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Andrea, I got server not found when I tried to get the link you gave
to your prints. I am very interested in the results from painting
monotypes on wood. This one I will have to try. I had a gut feeling
after working with the Akua Kolor pigments that they would layer
well. Paper does figure in and perhaps I would not have the fade out
problem if I tried working on a different paper, I love arches 88 for
monotype. But, have experimented with others. Inspiring and
interesting discussion. Now I just need to get south for the winter
as my press is blocked with a stack of chairs at the moment,
remodeling is a pain, but a new kitchen is a delight. I would really
like to try more monotype backgrounds coupled with a carved block as
well and a combination of oil and water is also interesting. My only
monotype background was a lovely runny akua kolor with an oil based
print over top. It was one of those aha moments because I thought this
print needed a background but was not sure what and it worked very
well. I was washing out my butcher tray after painting with the
pigments and they started to run together is a pretty fashion so I
threw a piece of paper on the runny pigments and did it several times
letting it all dry out. Than I ran an oil block over top, it was a
fun experiment. It was a bit planned because I would tilt the tray
about to get a nice looking group of pigment before putting paper onto
it. Some times I have found that I have something in the back of my
mind and when the right moment strikes the problem gets solved. Funny
how I never know when that will happen or if it will.

Marilynn in wet stormy Nahcotta, Washington

Oh, I did pick up two 6 inch wide by about 3 feet pieces of poplar.
Have never used it and did notice one was starting to warp so I turned
it over and it straightened. Reading about this wood it would seem it
is one that shows grain. Wonder if it would be a good one to try
painting on for monotype or if the damp would make it warp all the
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Message 2
From: "Terry Peart"
Date: Sat, 17 Oct 2009 01:31:24 GMT
Subject: [Baren 39979] Re: New Baren Digest (HTML) V49 #5002 (Oct 16, 2 009)
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Wood usually warps because one part has a different moisture content than the other. (My husband always tells me to do to both sides, not just one) Meaning if you seal one side, seal the other.  If you dampen one side, dampen the other.  For instance your board warped because the top changed moisture content, then when you flipped it over the other side did the same and it straightenef out.   But it's organic.  Humidity changes, grain stresses can change,  lots of things can happen, but generally if you keep the moisture content consistent it will remain basically flat.
West Seattle (but currently in hot Southern California)
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Message 3
From: andrea #
Date: Sat, 17 Oct 2009 01:31:55 GMT
Subject: [Baren 39980] Akua Kolor ink with monotypes
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Marilynn,I've found that the Akua Kolor inks layer wonderfully. I initially switched to them after doing monotypes with oil paints and realizing how much I enjoyed brushing out very thin coverage and layering multiple impressions. They have close to the same consistency as oil paint thinned with linseed oil, and dry so slowly there is plenty of time to manipulate the ink on the plate. I should also mention that I'm using a baren and printing on dry paper. The monotype background you described sounds very interesting. I wish I could be more experimental with the process - I've been using it to do more of an "underpainting" before printing the block. Good luck with the poplar... I don't know much about it so I can't say if it would work or not, but it's certainly worth a

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Subject: Prints are finally showing up!
Posted by: Alynn Guerra

I been putting a lot of energy organizing and getting ready for the "Dead End Prints" exhibit, not knowing if I was going to get any prints to show.I opened the studio on Monday to receive submissions and not a single person showed up, then I got a lonely print on Tuesday, and then on Wednesday I got a bunch on the mail. On Thursday I was anxious to check my mail, and there they were an other

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Subject: Stamp Making Workshop
Posted by: Amie Roman

Woohoo!!! I'm teaching again!!!

Please join me on Sunday, November 22 at the Upstart Crow in Ladner, for a one day workshop on carving your own stamps*.

Do you love to incorporate stamping into your scrapbooking or mixed media work? Are you looking for a new creative way to make ATC's, greeting cards or gift tags? Join local printmaker Amie Roman ( as she teaches you how to create your own stamps from scratch! Design, carve, and print your own stamps using simple tools and non-toxic,easy clean up materials. Participants will take home their own hand-carved stamps and the knowledge and skills to create more at home. Some supplies required and lots included info at the shop.

*I have tried to hold printmaking workshops repeatedly in different municipalities, and with a variety of art organizations, around the Lower Mainland, and they never got off the ground because of lack of interest. So I figured I'd be sneaky and try to enthuse crafters and artists alike with stamp carving. What the heck - it's the same thing! Printmaking just sounds more complicated and esoteric. Fingers crossed that I'll get a better response from this one.

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