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From: Conor Moe
Date: Sun, 03 Jan 2010 10:41:06 GMT
Subject: [Baren 40344] Re: New Baren Digest (HTML) V50 #5085 (Jan 2, 2010)
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Hey there everybody. I've been subscribed to baren for a couple months
reading on and off but a technical question has driven me to finally
introduce myself and post. My name's Conor, I'm a student at the university
of minnesota, and I started woodblock printing about two years ago. I
finished my first somewhat reductive woodcut a couple of weeks ago (also was
my first time using the kento(?) registration system) and was overall very
pleased with the result. I think I made it more tedious than I had to though
because I used linolium for the key block and wood for the six or seven
colors and then realized i had no registration for the key so I carved out
enough wood to put the key block in the other block and use that. I'm on
break right now and I have two blocks with designs I want to print
reductively but I'm seeing a few problems before I start. So please excuse
the questions if they make me sound slow thinking reductively is very new to
me. Trying to save time on my last print I ended up with lots of small areas
of color that were very close to each other and I spent a lot of time trying
to clean up the mess of oversized brayers in small spaces getting into the
wrong areas.Would the better idea be to just avoid inking areas close to
each other? That is my guess and it leads to my next question - if thats the
idea, but it's still going to be hard to "stay inside the lines" inking
smaller areas do you just let it go and cover the area fully and plan on
using enough ink to cover the coloring book type mistake in later runs? It
seems like the mistakes would show through even if printing light to dark?
And if this is the method i think wouldn't it give me lots of trouble
printing something like a sky with a soft splitroll where the ink is very
light?. It seems like it would be very hard to do all of that without using
shellac or something to make the block easier to wipe.I think all of my
problems I think are wrapped up in those two first questions. Am I missing
something big here? Or just not being patient enough? I've had trouble
finding this type of info on the web but if anybody knows any sites that
might help me or spare you the answer that would be awesome. Again sorry
about the questions I hope they aren't too confusing. I'm looking forward to
getting and giving feedback from you all. (Also hoping this is the right way
to email the list)


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Subject: Stones Unturned
Posted by: Linda Beeman

I came upon these stones along the tide line while walking the beach of Lake Huron. I was taken with the simple perfection of their arrangement, the variety of colors and shapes. While I like to collect stones from places I visit, I decided to leave these right where they were.
Leaving stones unturned goes against our grain. We are supposed to "leave NO stone unturned" in our quest to achieve whatever we have set our hearts and minds to do. Opportunities are presented to us and we use whatever means possible to grab it. People use friends and connections. They abuse power and the environment. We've all seen it happen, especially this past year.
But even on a normal day-to-day life we do the same thing. We think just because an opportunity is there that we are fools to not take it. We are fools to leave stones unturned. People don't understand us. But sometimes those opportunities throw us off our path. They wear us down. We lose the focus of what really matters in our life.
Leaving stones unturned doesn't ruin our life. We don't have to say yes to everything! We can look at those opportunities and just enjoy them for what and where they are. Stones Unturned.

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