Today's postings

  1. [Baren 40855] Maps (Gayle Wohlken)
  2. [Baren 40856] Re: Baren exchange 45 (Barbara Carr)
  3. [Baren 40857] Re: Baren exchange 45 (Diane Cutter)
  4. [Baren 40858] MAPS ("Oscar Bearinger")
  5. [Baren 40859] Baren Member blogs: Update Notification (Blog Manager)
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Message 1
From: Gayle Wohlken
Date: Thu, 18 Mar 2010 13:32:12 GMT
Subject: [Baren 40855] Maps
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I'll vote maps for the next exchange, too, though I probably can't
participate, but a map of each person's town or neighborhood would be
interesting. One of the neatest maps I have seen recently was one I
saw in a visitor's center hanging on the wall in Deming, New Mexico --
It described whole state, actually. It reminded me of a woodcut, but
may have been ink-drawn and had delightful details, little icons of
buildings and cactus and mountains. It was "busy" and I wanted one so
badly, but they were out of them. This could be an intriguing project
for Bareners to try.

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Message 2
From: Barbara Carr
Date: Thu, 18 Mar 2010 13:35:16 GMT
Subject: [Baren 40856] Re: Baren exchange 45
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If the theme is to be maps, I'll HAVE to sign up!
Barbara C
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Message 3
From: Diane Cutter
Date: Thu, 18 Mar 2010 13:50:04 GMT
Subject: [Baren 40857] Re: Baren exchange 45
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I also vote for maps... It's gotten lots of ideas churning...

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Message 4
From: "Oscar Bearinger"
Date: Thu, 18 Mar 2010 14:02:17 GMT
Subject: [Baren 40858] MAPS
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I vote for MAPS
although I am thinking much more of "fantastic" maps, maps of the imagination.

(I'm tired of helping folks who stop by here in the country to find their way back to the city and their so-called electronic map is totally wrong - AND they have no road map in the car!) haha - just an ironic post-modern "reality"..


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Subject: Newcastle: Talking at Northern Print
Posted by: Andy English

It has been many years since I visited Newcastle and so I was very pleased to receive an invitation from Northern Print to talk about my work, wood engraving and bookplates.

I arrived during the afternoon and met up with Chris Daunt. Chris makes the blocks that I engrave and is a fine engraver in his own right. He showed me the new developments along the River Tyne that have occurred since I was last in the city.

Here is the Millennium Bridge with The Sage Gateshead on the far bank and the famous older bridge beyond:

Another view of the new footbridge with the BALTIC Art Centre on the far bank:

I arrived at Northern Print - it is an older building that has been wonderfully converted into display, printing and educational spaces.

The studio facilities are downstairs, including a superb small Albion hand press by Harrild & Sons of London.

My talk coincided with an exhibition of prints - mainly from the "Golden Age" of British wood engraving of the early 20th Century:

The corridor space had an exhibition of Bookplates made by members of the Society of Wood Engravers, including a group of my own:

I enjoyed speaking at Northern Print. So much of the early history of wood engraving is . . .
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Subject: Valley of Fire I a new moku-hanga adventure
Posted by: Maria

Here are all the stages of my newest woodblock adventure. The Valley of Fire State Park (Nevada, USA) is an amazing little place, close by with views to savor endlessly, colors beyond imagination, a variety of desert to delight all, and the background music of perfect silence.

After printing all the basic colors, I reprinted the umber to strenghthen the foreground details and also reprinted the lower portion of the key block in a rustier purple.

These are on proof paper:



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Subject: The Mysterious Case of Disappearing Ultramarine
Posted by: Maria

I've reported on the Barenforum the baffling disappearance of ultramarine Akua pigment on Kihada paper. Believe it or not, the blue sky and lake was "there" one day and gone the next, but ONLY  on this type of paper. The rest of the run on New Hosho paper was fine.

Someone suggested (thank you) that it might be too much water mixed in with the pigment. I didn't use much dilution to begin with because Akua colors are already pigment dispersions. But just to humor myself, I tried re-printing all 60 blue skies and lake prints on the paper in question. All went well, in fact the blue was too strong for my plans but I figured it was bound to fade a little and would match the rest of the edition after drying.

Next day, ultramarine disappeared, but this time left me with 23 good prints, nicely faded blue, and 37 prints mysteriously refuse to "take" my renewed effort. With this kind of ratio, I figure if I print the blue daily, eventually, they will ALL stick. Or else I will develop amazing triceps. In any case, I sure wish I knew what the dickens is going on because the results of my experiment yield nothing. This is not only the same paper, some take and some don't, but they are random pieces of the same sheet of paper, that is, I tore one very large sheet of paper to make little pieces for this print.

But see for yourself. First shot is the Kihada, second is the New Hosho. Sky blue gone, red faded, purple faded.

One more for kicks, this is the latest shot of the two papers, after one day of reprinting the entire Kihada set. Top is New Hosho, bottom is Kihada. Beats the heck out of me! And why only a portion of the run faded out? I printed everything in one sitting, same pigment, same rice paste...

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Subject: Humidity surfing
Posted by: Andrew Stone

Well, as I expected, my registration problems were due to my keyblock spending too much time in my damp studio and getting too big. I brought the keyblock inside and let it dry out and when I started printing it was TOO SMALL...but this time I was ready so I slowly dampened the block and pulled throwaway proofs until the block gradually reached the right size and then I started printing away. A few are still a hair off register some on the short side (early prints) but once the block settled in it stayed stable long enough for me to print a good 50 prints. Not much to show yet. They're all still in a stack drying out and the finished print looks much like the earlier proof but once they're signed and editioned I'll post one. I've got enough to send out the 50 I need for the Baren Asian Zodiac exchange. I'll still have to print another batch of about 40 for all the friends and relatives to whom I usually send cards. Hopefully by April???

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