Today's postings

  1. [Baren 40048] Barens used ("Orgren Alex C (Alex)")
  2. [Baren 40049] RE: New Baren Digest (Text) V49 #5018 (Oct 30, 2009) ("Sales")
  3. [Baren 40050] barens (Joe Martin)
  4. [Baren 40051] Re: barens and member blogs (Sharri LaPierre)
  5. [Baren 40052] RES: barens and member blogs ("Maria Regina Pinto Pereira")
  6. [Baren 40053] Baren Member blogs: Update Notification (Blog Manager)
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Message 1
From: "Orgren Alex C (Alex)"
Date: Fri, 30 Oct 2009 20:02:41 GMT
Subject: [Baren 40048] Barens used
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I used a number of objects in my linoleum days, none satisfactory. I
squeaked by with the disc baren for my first few hanga attempts, but I'm
much happier with my two ball bearing barens. The Korokoro is great for
keyblocks and smaller areas, and I use the stronger one for large color
areas. I always back the print with cooking parchment.

I'd like something with a touch of flexibility, like a real baren, but I
need to improve other things about my technique before that would make
enough difference to be worthwhile.

Alex Orgren
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Message 2
From: "Sales"
Date: Fri, 30 Oct 2009 22:14:25 GMT
Subject: [Baren 40049] RE: New Baren Digest (Text) V49 #5018 (Oct 30, 2009)
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For the record - Graphic Chemical has a wide variety of barens from
Bamboo to Bone Folders, Teflon, red baron barens from Speedball, pebbled
plastic barens from Australia, and baren kits from England. I suspect
that the bone folders are not real bone, however.

Dean Clark
Graphic Chemical & Ink Co
Where Printmaking Begins ....
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Message 3
From: Joe Martin
Date: Sat, 31 Oct 2009 00:48:10 GMT
Subject: [Baren 40050] barens
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I've been using a baren that cost less than $10.00 for years. I put
camilla oil on it every now and then and I print with a piece of
tracing paper between the baren and the paper. I have my best success
printing on thin paper, however. I just got a (pretty inexpensive)
baren from McClains -- a disc baren-- that I hope will work better on
paper that is a little thicker. Think it was about $35.00. Haven't
tried it yet...
Suzi SM
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Message 4
From: Sharri LaPierre
Date: Sat, 31 Oct 2009 03:11:42 GMT
Subject: [Baren 40051] Re: barens and member blogs
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Re/ paper used between your print paper and the baren:

For small prints I use the papers that donut/pastry shops use to reach
in and get your choice of sweet treat. They sell these for a pittance
at Costco. They pop-up out of a box like kleenex tissues and each one
is good for several prints. When one gets too wet you just use
another one and when that one gets too wet go back to the first one
which is now dry. Obviously, at this rate a box lasts a very long
time! For larger prints the Baker's Parchment works best, but is
relatively more expensive. Everything is more expensive when you
print large...

Cheers ~
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Message 5
From: "Maria Regina Pinto Pereira"
Date: Sat, 31 Oct 2009 09:47:17 GMT
Subject: [Baren 40052] RES: barens and member blogs
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I use a bone - a cow rib. It works fine.


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Subject: IPCNY Opening (Introverts at a Party)
Posted by: Annie B

Artists and members gather before the public opening

Me and my print (nicely placed next to a print by Endi Poskovic)

I'm an introvert. Maybe that's hard to pick up if the only way you know me is through this blog. I come across pretty well in writing, but put me in a room full of people I've never met and I'm apt to fade back and observe rather than engage. Certainly there are artists who are extroverts, but an awful lot of us are introverts, and this is never more painfully obvious than at an art opening.

The opening at IPCNY was a nice surprise, though, and I found myself feeling relatively at ease. I think there were several factors that made it so:

- The IPCNY staff set aside the first hour just for artists and members. This gave us the opportunity to really look at the work that had been selected, to stare at each others' name tags and figure out who belonged to which work, to introduce ourselves, to ask each other questions and to talk shop. Nothing overcomes the shyness of a printmaker faster than a chance to talk about technique! I also got to meet a couple of the people who had been on the selection committee and it was interesting to hear a little bit about their process and what they saw as the themes running through the show (maps, landscape, sense of place and dystopia).

- The IPCNY staff were present, available and enthusiastic and they did everything they could to help us feel welcomed and comfortable. Director Anne Coffin took a few minutes to chat with Lynn and me, and I especially enjoyed speaking with office administrator Amanda Young and an intern named Guillome.

- Artists like other artists. It reminds me of my dog Ty, the yellow lab. When he sees another lab on the street, especially a yellow one, he always always wants to check them out. I find artists are like that too, especially printmakers. I was happy I got to meet Victoria Burge, who often comes to Zea Mays Printmaking here in my town to print. I also spoke with . . .
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