Today's postings

  1. [Baren 40745] Re: Baren Member blogs: Update Notification (Diane Cutter)
  2. [Baren 40746] making "stamps" (Marilynn Smith)
  3. [Baren 40747] Re: making "stamps" (thadeenz97 #
  4. [Baren 40748] Re: making "stamps" (Daniel Dew)
  5. [Baren 40749] Re: making "stamps" ("Maria Arango Diener")
  6. [Baren 40750] Re: making "stamps" (Daniel Dew)
  7. [Baren 40751] Re: making "stamps" (Robin Zebley)
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Message 1
From: Diane Cutter
Date: Fri, 05 Mar 2010 13:59:18 GMT
Subject: [Baren 40745] Re: Baren Member blogs: Update Notification
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Unfortunately, my blog entry did not make the blog list for yesterday:

Because I haven't posted anything 'printmaking' in so long, I was not paying much attention to the 'why' some of our blogs are not making the daily list. Could you refresh the instructions?


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Message 2
From: Marilynn Smith
Date: Fri, 05 Mar 2010 15:29:47 GMT
Subject: [Baren 40746] making "stamps"
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Last evening we met with friends to celebrate a friends birthday. He
is an rather informal guy to say the least and asked us the night
before if we would like to join them. Feeling I should give some sort
of gift I put my latest little print in a card for him. This happens
to be my year of the tiger print. Sorry you guys have not got one
yet, but now you know they are getting completed. He is not into art
and has no clue about good or bad art, just a guy who did construction
work all his life and he builds things. (but for Christmas he carved
4 spoons out of a block of wood with a pen knife and I got one, they
are beautiful) First I could tell he was very pleased he would get
one. Than he said oh it is one of her "stamps". I could not help but
laugh. Thinking about that statement I have to say at least he knew
it was an original piece. We printmakers constantly struggle with the
word "print" because it includes copies of paintings and giclees. As
a non artist (or is he?)I had to feel this person had a better grasp
of what we do than many I know, who are far more "highly" educated. I
felt more appreciated by his heartfelt thank you and the word it is
one of her "stamps" than I have in a long time. When I showed my
husband the card with the print inside he said you know Larry, it will
probably end up on his refrigerator with a magnet. I would rather see
that and know that he has some grasp of what he got than someone who
would go oh a print (like gads this is nothing). If it does hang on
his refrigerator door with a magnet I know he will enjoy it, that is a
nice feeling. So now I do "stamping".

You know, some times the person we think will be the least likely to
understand our work and appreciate it is the one most likely to.

Cut, print and have a nice day.

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Message 3
From: thadeenz97 #
Date: Fri, 05 Mar 2010 16:47:37 GMT
Subject: [Baren 40747] Re: making "stamps"
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That's a great story. I'm always thrilled when people understand the process. I work in the printing industry, and I brought in some of my reduction woodcuts to show the owner of the screenprinting company I was working for. I handed him one, and he looked at it for a minute and said, "So this is made out of wood?" *sigh* His name was Larry, too. But he, I'm afraid, probably still doesn't understand what he saw that day. People.
Jeff Dean
Napping Cat Press
Buffalo, NY
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Message 4
From: Daniel Dew
Date: Fri, 05 Mar 2010 16:51:33 GMT
Subject: [Baren 40748] Re: making "stamps"
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It is more fun trying to explain the print exchanges.
One response I heard "Oh, like a cookie Exchange"?
Yeah, like that.

Daniel Dew
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Message 5
From: "Maria Arango Diener"
Date: Fri, 05 Mar 2010 17:05:28 GMT
Subject: [Baren 40749] Re: making "stamps"
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Love that, Dan!

In festivals, of course, you get a widely "varied" response to the method

My favorite, regarding the "stamp" thing was of someone looking at one of my
24" x 36" woodcuts that said: "and then when the block is carved you stamp
it on the paper?"

I had visions of me holding the handle of a six foot tall stamp with a 24x36
inch "foot", taking a deep breath, then heaving the whole thing above my
head and swinging it just right to fall on a very large ink pad, SPLOOOT!!.
Then taking another deep breath, heaving again and smashing it down on a
large piece of paper, legs flying up in the air from the recoil.WHAAAAAM!!!

I simply replied: "yes, it's quite a workout!"

:-o Maria


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Message 6
From: Daniel Dew
Date: Fri, 05 Mar 2010 17:08:15 GMT
Subject: [Baren 40750] Re: making "stamps"
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This visual is hilarious! I wish I drew cartoons, I would love to see

D. Dew
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Message 7
From: Robin Zebley
Date: Fri, 05 Mar 2010 17:16:09 GMT
Subject: [Baren 40751] Re: making "stamps"
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I get that too. I think it's grand. They definitely get the concept that
it is NOT something squirted out of my HP!