Today's postings

  1. [Baren 40582] Re: Maria's Year of the Ox (Louise Cass)
  2. [Baren 40583] Exchange w/ Four Oceans Press - Prints for Peace Collaboration ("Heather P.")
  3. [Baren 40584] Re: David Bull e-book ("Maria Arango Diener")
  4. [Baren 40585] Reduction prints Exchange 44 how many blocks?., "Pi" my exchange 43 contribution, printing errors due to haste (Andrew Stone)
  5. [Baren 40586] Baren Member blogs: Update Notification (Blog Manager)
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Message 1
From: Louise Cass
Date: Sat, 06 Feb 2010 17:32:21 GMT
Subject: [Baren 40582] Re: Maria's Year of the Ox
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Hi Maria - Mine arrived yesterday -Your oxen are wonderful! (sorry to
see that you must have suffered great losses in 2009)
my sympathies and all good wishes for 2010

> Just wanted to let you know that your Year of the Ox card arrived
> today ... good job!!!
> Cheers ...... Charles
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Message 2
From: "Heather P."
Date: Sat, 06 Feb 2010 18:00:41 GMT
Subject: [Baren 40583] Exchange w/ Four Oceans Press - Prints for Peace Collaboration
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This is an exchange out side Barren...

The annual "Prints for Peace" is quickly approaching... However, if you would like to receive prints back them you should join the Four Oceans Press "Prints for Peace Collaboration".

You send us your set of prints and we send them in for you to Mexico and you will also get back the other 'Peace' prints that are turned in... Check it out :)

Theme: Peace

Color: B/W or Color. Color is encouraged.

Image Size: At least 6 x 6 but no larger than 10 x 10.

Paper Size: Paper must be 10 x 10. It is ok if the image bleeds off the edge of the paper.

Medium: Woodblock, Linoleum, Serigraph, Lithograph or Intaglio

Paper type: Any archival paper appropriate to your printing method can be used.

Print Deadline: March 15, 2010

Your Prints must be on time because there it a firm dead-line.

It's a win - win!!!
So, sign up today :)

Hope this 2010 has started out nice for everyone... I wish it to be a artistically productive year for each of us :)

Thanks & Smiles,
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Message 3
From: "Maria Arango Diener"
Date: Sat, 06 Feb 2010 20:04:49 GMT
Subject: [Baren 40584] Re: David Bull e-book
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Actually, the Kindle has an iphone/ipod app AND free PC if you
buy Kindle books you can also read them on your iphone, ipod, ipad, laptop
and PC. And the software in the "cloud" remembers all your books and
bookmarks and where you are on each one. The new Kindle updates can now read
PDF format just fine and the Kindle has a rudimentary internet browser for

I haven't tested Dave's book on all my gadgets but will soon and report.

I would dare guess that "there's an app for that" (that is, reading
rich-media PDFs on the iphone/pod/pad/pud).



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Message 4
From: Andrew Stone
Date: Sun, 07 Feb 2010 07:29:36 GMT
Subject: [Baren 40585] Reduction prints Exchange 44 how many blocks?., "Pi" my exchange 43 contribution, printing errors due to haste
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I've never tried a reduction print...still carving a block for each color...sometimes more than one when I forget something.
So I'll ask again for some more clarification; For exchange 44:
Is it one block; carved reduction style but printed in at least 3 colors? Or potentially 3 blocks (one for each of three colors cut down reduction style?)
Hard to wrap my brain around the details.
How many blocks allowed? The colors I'll figure out later.
Still haven't decided if I'll bite. I'm eager to try the technique just not sure I want to print 40+ copies yet.

Especially as I still have the tiger by the tail.......finished carving the year of the tiger blocks (i think) today. Hope to proof Monday as I have to work tomorrow.

For those who can't wait to see them or perhaps didn't participate. I posted my exchange 43 print to my blog. While it exists in a few color variants. I posted the edition that went to the exchange. I'm mostly happy with how it came out. The niggling problems...a nick in a block that I should have recarved; colors a bit too pale or not transparent enough; colors a bit "off"... were pretty minor this go around. Procrastinated a bit too long before getting started. Once done carving anxious to see how they print. Racing to get them done on deadline so I didn't spend enough time testing colors or proofing. "This will just have to be good enough"... "no more time to experiment...."

I'd love to have the character that can do lots of careful proofs, fix all the problems then,test all the colors and mixing; then have an easy time printing them up but that's just not me it seems. Unfortunately, I'm still enough of a perfectionist to see the flaws for what they are. Marks of haste and impatience--cut and printed over and over and over again. If I'd only stop to pay attention. Not that I don't appreciate the gifts that sometimes come from accidents/serendipity/experimenting but sloppiness and spontaneity aren't synonymous.
However, the jump from amateur to "professional' won't really be when I manage to sell some prints.

Andrew Stone

Digest Appendix

Postings made on [Baren] members' blogs
over the past 24 hours ...

Subject: Coming Closer ...
Posted by: Dave Bull

This item is taken from the blog Woodblock RoundTable.
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Subject: Baren cover pictures, as promised, but I still want to use duct tape...
Posted by: Maria

Here are the pictures of my attempt at recovering the baren for the first time. It's not a thing a beauty but it amazingly works just fine. I still think a double layer of duct tape would work "ducky" as my hubby would say. But who am I to question the masters...

Let's see, the "knot" is a bit funky and definitely not symetrical but it is nice and tight. Also a bit bigger handle than my previous but I see that I can correct that by trimming the skin thinner.

After a little scare it really shrank right to the baren and now looks pretty good. A few more hundred to practice and I will be an expert...or maybe not.

[Long item has been trimmed at this point. The full blog entry can be viewed here]

This item is taken from the blog 1000 Woodcuts Updates.
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Subject: Studio Space
Posted by: LAiNE

Just a little picture of the space where I'm currently working out of. The beautiful print studio at Il Bisonte. What a great workshop!

This item is taken from the blog In The Studio.
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Subject: Our New Garden!
Posted by: Georgina

We have arrived and moved into our new home, we love it here. One of the best things about our new home is the beautiful garden built by the former owners. The rocks are covered with moss and lichen, there is a beautiful pond and a sense of peace which is exactly what we need.

I am very much hoping to start work this week. I am interested in pursuing more work involving flora. The garden may become my next project. Plants tended and cultivated...

It has been a long time since I made a print. It is good to be settled and have a home. I will now have time to read all the Baren emails and maybe try some woodcutting again!

This item is taken from the blog The Linocutter has a new adventure.
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