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  1. [Baren 40947] Re: exchange paper size (Julio.Rodriguez #
  2. [Baren 40948] Hand coloring with oil based markers? (Conor Moe)
  3. [Baren 40949] Re: Hand coloring with oil based markers? (Viza Arlington)
  4. [Baren 40950] Baren Member blogs: Update Notification (Blog Manager)
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Message 1
From: Julio.Rodriguez #
Date: Mon, 05 Apr 2010 16:34:05 GMT
Subject: [Baren 40947] Re: exchange paper size
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Karma writes: "I see that the exchange paper size is 10 x 15. How
flexible is that?"

Normally the restriction on paper size is toward the high end....meaning
no larger than 10X15"...this was so that prints would fit nicely into one
of the two standard size cases that Baren offers to exchange participants
(chuban or oban size) and on the return-shipping envelopes. Occasionally
somebody submits larger paper size and the coordinator is faced we the
dilemma of either folding the larger prints or having to procure a larger
return envelope at their own expense.

Going smaller is not as big an issue unless you go so small that
participants complain about an obvious difference in size, I myself have
submitted 10X13" a number of times for oban exchanges because my large
sheets of Rives come in also at 26". Another issue that could come up is
if the exchange was displayed in an exhibit and the smaller size did not
conform to a standard frame size or something like that.

I don't have a problem with 10X13".......not sure about others.

does that help.....Julio x5006
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Message 2
From: Conor Moe
Date: Mon, 05 Apr 2010 22:20:20 GMT
Subject: [Baren 40948] Hand coloring with oil based markers?
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Hey Bareners, I'm nearing the end of a long project print and wondering if
any of you have tried or had success hand coloring prints with oil based
markers (Like the kind here - What I
want to do is print the key block over the edition and then fill in a couple
different small areas with solid color. I was thinking about watercolors
since most of the areas would be blank paper but a few would already be
highly saturated and a couple layers thick. Has anybody tried oil markers
around oil prints/paints? Are they as opaque as dick blick is saying? If
they aren't so great I could just go in with a small brush but if the
markers work well they would be much better, I'm just looking to get this
done quick at this point.

Thanks for any input
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Message 3
From: Viza Arlington
Date: Mon, 05 Apr 2010 22:54:32 GMT
Subject: [Baren 40949] Re: Hand coloring with oil based markers?
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I have only used the black and the metallic pens. I use the black mostly for
touch-ups and as a resist for relief etchings. I just went and scribbled
over on old oil based print that didn't make the edition and the black and
metallic pens are opaque and went on fine but I can't attest for the other

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Subject: Mystique Series - Cases arrive!
Posted by: Dave Bull

The other evening, just as I was getting ready to close up the exhibition at seven, a phone call came from the young guy who is heading up the team working on the cases. I heard traffic noise; he was calling from his cell phone, "We're on the way. ETA at your place is a couple of hours from now ..."

They thought they were going to 'surprise' me, but unfortunately, they were the ones who got surprised, as I had no choice but to tell him that I had been invited to a yo-zakura (evening cherry viewing) party by one of my important collectors, and there was no way I could/would cancel out.

But there was also no way that they could/would turn around and head back to their workshop, as they had already been on the freeway for an hour or so. There was no other solution but for them to make their way slowly to my place and wait there until I arrived. When I was finally able to get home - just before eleven - they were snoozing in the cab of the truck ...

Anyway, we got the large cartons into my basement, and away they went.

210 cases makes quite a pile:

Here's a closeup of the carton we cracked open ...

The work seems to have been done very well, and I'm very happy with the result. The sample has been on display all week at the show, and the reaction has been very positive. The single most common comment has been kawaiiiiiiii! (the same word that you get from young girls when they talk about Kitty-chan).

Not sure if that's the image I had in mind, but I'll take any kind of praise I can get!

(Exhibition is over, and I'll post a bit about it later, maybe tomorrow. Today is a carving day! If I keep at it, I should be able to get the block set done by tonight ...)

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Subject: Shy That Way
Posted by: Linda Beeman

Last summer I was going thru old family pictures with my mom when we came across this one. It was tiny but the image was so dynamic and told such a story that I knew I had to make a print.
The photo is of my grandmother and taken by my grandfather when they were "courting". My grandmother, Maisie, passed away when I was in elementary school so I didn't know her very long or very well. What I do remember is that she worked for the phone company, she was a proper Baptist lady and always wore a house dress. She taught me to plant morning glories and pansies on the north side of the house, how to thread a needle in a lady-like manner, how to embroider and how to make a perfect pie crust. As her only granddaughter she tried very hard to teach me how to be a proper lady as well. Even though I still hear her voice when I thread a needle in my un-lady-like way (instead of delicately wetting my fingers and then rolling the thread end, I stick the thread in my mouth to wet it so it goes thru the eye of the needle easier), the whole "proper" thing didn't quite stick.
This picture brought back those memories and yet made me wonder what she was like when she was young. Here she is, alone, in a boat, with a man. Was she being shy? Coy? After all, later on in their wedding picture she is wearing a sea glass aqua silk flapper dress with rhinestones on it! Who was this person? I'll never know but I chose to portray her shy and proper - even if I did take away her shoes and stockings and give her a big red hat!

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