Today's postings

  1. [Baren 40986] Re: Silent Members (Mark Phillips)
  2. [Baren 40987] Re: Silent Members (Elizabeth Atwood)
  3. [Baren 40988] Re: Silent Members (Elizabeth Atwood)
  4. [Baren 40989] Re: Silent Members (David Bull)
  5. [Baren 40990] Absent Baren members and the darn white line stuff (Barbara Mason)
  6. [Baren 40991] SGC/Philagrafika (April Vollmer)
  7. [Baren 40992] Baren Member blogs: Update Notification (Blog Manager)
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Message 1
From: Mark Phillips
Date: Fri, 09 Apr 2010 00:02:27 GMT
Subject: [Baren 40986] Re: Silent Members
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I'm here as well. I have been working in a different direction since
joining the group but plan on venturing into Moku Hanga soon. The paths
will eventually merge together but not yet. I'll be building a CNC
router over the summer to create puzzle plates for etching and
eventually reduction woodblocks. I read almost everything and am just
trying to absorb as much as I can. So until I know enough about the
process I'll remain silent ...mostly. :)

Mark Phillips
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Message 2
From: Elizabeth Atwood
Date: Fri, 09 Apr 2010 03:11:42 GMT
Subject: [Baren 40987] Re: Silent Members
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I've been much too silent....for too long............But continue to
tune in each day.

I'm probably the oldest member.............going way back.

Dave really started somethin' when he created Baren. It is great to
see and welcome all the new members.

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Message 3
From: Elizabeth Atwood
Date: Fri, 09 Apr 2010 03:16:38 GMT
Subject: [Baren 40988] Re: Silent Members
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When I claim "oldest member".............I'm referring to my great
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Message 4
From: David Bull
Date: Fri, 09 Apr 2010 03:21:08 GMT
Subject: [Baren 40989] Re: Silent Members
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> I'm probably the oldest member.............going way back.

I never thought of it at the time, but maybe we should have given
people ID numbers ... I would have got #00001! :-)

I have no idea at all when people signed up, or how many have come and
gone. The information is actually available (by following the old
posts in the Archives), but not worth the time it would take to dig it
out ...

> I'm referring to my great age...

Well, there are a bunch of us working on that one too!

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Message 5
From: Barbara Mason
Date: Fri, 09 Apr 2010 04:30:35 GMT
Subject: [Baren 40990] Absent Baren members and the darn white line stuff
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I am just so darn stubborn....I got a great outside kento registration from McClains, and I am registering them and using damp paper...having better results and able to print as many as I want...I am working on about 30 on 6 different papers. The results are as you would expect, different on each paper.

I am leaning word press and making my OWN website...(thanks for the hooray, Maria, I know you said html was easy but not for me) and when I get it all done I will post the results. Even at 65 we can learn a new thing...

I just could not believe those white line people were doing them one at a I have no idea what you call what I am doing, psudo moku hanga? Using watercolors out of a prang box from my grandkids but a good watercolor brush and no paste so it looks takes a long time as every little piece is painted but I am having fun with it. It is a very simple design but still, seems to be taking a long time to get from the top to the bottom. I an amazed that the block does not seem to be changing shape on me, but it is a simple design and there it that white line around it all....we will see if they turn out. I know Dave is groaning as I write is pretty far from Japanese woodblock. Still it is wood and the good paper works the best, as you would expect.
My best to all
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Message 6
From: April Vollmer
Date: Fri, 09 Apr 2010 12:00:37 GMT
Subject: [Baren 40991] SGC/Philagrafika
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I just returned from Southern Graphics Council International, which was especially great this year because it coincided with the Philagrafika exhibitions all over Philadelphia. I saw a few baren folk there, including Annie Bisset. It was a pleasure to have some time with her. This annual conference is always inspiring, but this one was especially good! There were demonstrations of moku hanga at the Moore College of Art by Daniel Heyman and Katie Baldwin. My photos are at:

Best wishes for my month!


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Subject: Mystique Series - printing begins ...
Posted by: Dave Bull

Mixed in with all the case adjustments, I've been proofing the blocks for the first pair of prints, and I think I'm ready to start printing.

I don't remember if I wrote about the paper earlier, but for the first four prints (2 sets) I am using paper that I have in stock here. That will run out in July, so I've ordered a fat batch from Iwano-san to arrive sometime that month.

The paper of course has to be cut to the proper size before printing, but that's actually not so easy. The problem comes from the wooden frame that Iwano-san uses to form the sheets. These are very expensive to have made, so he tends to use them longer than would perhaps be best. As a result, they are a bit old and rickety, and don't hold a perfectly rectangular shape. Each sheet of paper comes out a bit different from the others. This would seem to be irrelevant, as I trim the edges anyway, but because this type of paper has clearly visible internal 'lines', I have to make sure my trimming is parallel to those, or the finished prints will all seem 'crooked'.

Not sure if it will really be visible in this photo, but see how the top edge of this sheet is not parallel to the lines:

I have to put each sheet - one by one - against a light source, and trim one edge properly parallel:

Only then can I continue with cutting them up to the proper dimension for printing (this is still larger than the finished prints; they will be cut to the final trim size after printing).

The next step is to carefully inspect each sheet, looking for problems with the surface, like this:

This is a little scrap of loose fibre that has to be removed before printing begins. This one came off easily, but others don't, and those sheets get rejected:

Trim one corner perfectly square for the kento:

Toss these?

No way! Up above my library shelves is a kind of closet space:

And all the washi offcuts go in here, building up over the years until there is enough to make it worthwhile recycling them.

While we're up here, take a peek at the internal construction of the house, visible because the closet has no ceiling. Look at how the insulation fits so perfectly between the framing . . .
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Subject: Carving At Last!
Posted by: Ellen Shipley

Getting started.  Carving the cloud for the most part.

Taking a break.  Those little suckers are monotonous.  Also need to stretch.

I'm wondering what will happen to the cartoon when I ink up the block.  Will I have to reapply it after I've printed the first color?  Guess I'll find out.


I think I'm finished carving for the first pass.

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Subject: white line experiment
Posted by: Viza Arlington

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