Today's postings

  1. [Baren 40452] Re: Annie's Bible Page Carving- Magnifiers (Annie Bissett)
  2. [Baren 40453] gold pigment (Marilynn Smith)
  3. [Baren 40454] Re: Ready to roar! (artfulcarol #
  4. [Baren 40455] Re: Ready to roar! (Barbara Mason)
  5. [Baren 40456] another tiger (Diana Moll)
  6. [Baren 40457] Quandry Over Editions ("Ellen Shipley")
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Message 1
From: Annie Bissett
Date: Sat, 23 Jan 2010 14:33:56 GMT
Subject: [Baren 40452] Re: Annie's Bible Page Carving- Magnifiers
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Regarding Jeff's question about magnifiers, I do just what Mike said:
strong reading glasses work great, and then for really tiny work I
have a pair of visor magnifiers with changeable lenses of various

Using strong magnification leads to another problem, though, which is
that you have to have your face up close to the work. Leaning over
the block on a desk will lead to back pain in short order, so it's
necessary to figure out a way to have the block propped up vertically
in front of you, on some sort of easel-like thing. Graham Scholes has
instructions for making a "hori-dai" on his web site:

I have a less elegant solution shown on my blog here:

I'm sure other people will have suggestions as well.


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Message 2
From: Marilynn Smith
Date: Sat, 23 Jan 2010 15:00:43 GMT
Subject: [Baren 40453] gold pigment
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Thanks, I will give the oil paint a try. If I could get gold leaf or
gouache that is gold I certainly would. The Baja is still some times
called the frontier here in Mexico. There is one road in and one road
out. That road extends from the U.S./Mexican border to the tip and is
1175 south of San Diego. In most places is a very narrow two lanes,
winding up and down through the mountains. Often there is
construction, we drove about 10 miles through a bumpy dirt bypass
between the border and Ensenada. All goods are brought in by that road
or by air, so supplies are limited. Also, all mail goes through the
mainland, some times we never get it and some times it takes months.

Thanks for the links to the tiger prints. I have not even started
mine. But, no matter how soon mine is done it won't go into the mail
until May at the earliest because I am in the Baja. And thanks to
those of you who are catching up on our new years cards, It will be
great fun to get them.

If you have a harbor freight near by they have the magnifiers that fit
on the head at a very reasonable cost.

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Message 3
From: artfulcarol #
Date: Sat, 23 Jan 2010 15:13:59 GMT
Subject: [Baren 40454] Re: Ready to roar!
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Dave, thank you for all the wild ones
Tigers! Ya gotta luv em!
Our name being Lyons, my husband's nickname in the Air Force was "Tiger".
Now he says it is
Carol Lyons
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Message 4
From: Barbara Mason
Date: Sat, 23 Jan 2010 15:38:29 GMT
Subject: [Baren 40455] Re: Ready to roar!
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How many ways can you print a total favorite is in group two, the kite by kodama.... what an ingenious representation
My best to all
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Message 5
From: Diana Moll
Date: Sat, 23 Jan 2010 16:41:50 GMT
Subject: [Baren 40456] another tiger
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Hi, Bareners!
That tiger collection was really something, just loved them all!
Hope your Ox year is winding down nicely and you didn't get too exhausted by it. That Ox can be so relentless in his constant plowing and pulling......I just put up a post with my tiger print, you can see him here

All Best,
Diana Moll
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Message 6
From: "Ellen Shipley"
Date: Sat, 23 Jan 2010 19:42:11 GMT
Subject: [Baren 40457] Quandry Over Editions
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I go through this same quandry every time I carve a block. How many prints are there in an edition? How does one decide? What are the relevant criteria?

I love woodcuts and printing in general because there can be more than one. I have a horder mentality and more is always better. But how many is enough?

My printmaking teacher told us that you can probably get 200 to 250 prints off a block and I've actually tested that one. I did a block for some school demos and made a lot of prints to hand out to the kids on the spot. I made well over 200 and eventually had to recarve the block to refresh it. But that was a special case.

As a rule, unless I'm in an exchange, I rarely print a dozen of anything, and often less. After I've given prints away to friends and relations, what's left usually sits around collecting dust. But I like that I *can* always print up another one for that last-minute gift or show, or the rare sale on etsy.

I usually settle on 100 as a nice round number that's far enough away to be, for all intents and purposes, an open edition. But it's hardly representative of what I actually print.

That brings me to the current exchange #43. I have printed up my requisite 31 plus a handful. I have a future use for this block in conjunction with a larger project I'm planning, but it won't get printed much more. But I hate to limit myself.

What do other people do and how do you arrive at your decisions? Is there a formula or a rule-of-thumb or a general practice? I'm really at sea about this.

I hope you can give me some ideas.