Today's postings

  1. [Baren 41083] blogs and comments (Linda Beeman)
  2. [Baren 41084] new print by Linda Beeman (Marilynn Smith)
  3. [Baren 41085] Contacts in Las Vegas (Robert Arnold)
  4. [Baren 41086] Re: Silent Members ("Horacio Oliveira Soares Neto")
  5. [Baren 41087] Baren Member blogs: Update Notification (Blog Manager)
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Message 1
From: Linda Beeman
Date: Sat, 17 Apr 2010 14:04:23 GMT
Subject: [Baren 41083] blogs and comments
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I am always grateful when someone takes the time to look at my blog and post comments. It's great to have a group of my peers that I know knows how challenging printmaking can be and appreciates it.
I look at every new post that you all make on your blogs as well as every forum post but am really bad about making comments. (Guess I'm a lurker too!) Maybe it's insecurity or feeling unworthy to make a comment - which at my age you'd think I'd get over! You all have been doing this a lot longer than I (one & a half years) have and I hardly know what I'm talking about most of the time but I'm learning from all of you every single day. This is better than any classroom!

Thanks to all of you!
Linda Beeman
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Message 2
From: Marilynn Smith
Date: Sat, 17 Apr 2010 14:25:17 GMT
Subject: [Baren 41084] new print by Linda Beeman
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What a wonderful print. I love red and green together and you did it
so well. As Carol said, it is hard to get to everything posted here,
sure glad I saw this. Your blog has several wonderful prints,
inspiring. Your use of color is amazing. You have captured some
wonderful things about where you live. I too live by water both north
and south. Viewing your prints made for good meditation on my morning
beach walk. I will now once again carry my camera to catch some of
the magnificent things nature provides. Thanks for sharing, I am

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Message 3
From: Robert Arnold
Date: Sat, 17 Apr 2010 18:22:46 GMT
Subject: [Baren 41085] Contacts in Las Vegas
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Is there anyone in the Las Vegas area that would be willing to talk
and possibly meet to answer a few questions? I am getting to the point
where I am starting to have more questions and it would be nice to
have someone that I could speak with or possibly see how they do
things. I have two very old Chandler & Price letterpress printing
presses and I am interested in possibly printing reduction lino or
woodcuts with them but I have some questions related to ink and paper
with this method that I was hoping I could find some help with.

Thanks, Robert
The Dog House Press
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Message 4
From: "Horacio Oliveira Soares Neto"
Date: Sun, 18 Apr 2010 00:07:32 GMT
Subject: [Baren 41086] Re: Silent Members
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I am here too!
From Rio / Brazil

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Subject: Mystique Series - printing the 'karazuri'
Posted by: Dave Bull

Remember seeing the 'karazuri' block a few weeks ago?

Well, today it came front and center, to print the embossed pattern around the edges of the first two prints of the Mystique series. Let's step through the process ...

Paper out of the stack, and into the registration marks:

Holding the paper firmly but gently with a few fingers pressing on one of the 'islands' on the wood, I print the pattern by beginning in the center:

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This item is taken from the blog Woodblock RoundTable.
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Subject: From my window ...
Posted by: Dave Bull

We've had a few days of very difficult cold and damp weather - even setting a new record for the latest recorded snowfall in Tokyo.

But this morning is different! Here's a shot from my workshop window:

If I climb all the stairs up four flights to the top floor, we can look down on it:

This next one isn't 'from my window', but is a parking lot about 15 seconds walk from my front door:

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Subject: More tid bits about registration boards
Posted by: Maria

I can't post any additional pictures until I get back to the ranch, but I thought for those of you who have asked and are currently running out to the home-improvement store to purchase materials and make your own forever-registration-board, I would point out some details:

  • The brass corners sometimes have a rounded inside corner. I found that this interferes with placement of the paper. To be safe, I filed the inside corner with a standard fine metal file to allow the corner of the paper to fit unhindered. This is sort of visible on the picture in a previous post but I will be sure to post a detail pic when I get back.
  • For those who are used to the "open corner" arrangement so that the thumb can hold the paper down "through" the corner piece, an easy remedy is to use straight brass pieces rather than the pre-made corners and arrange them perfectly squared but leaving the corner open.
  • And finally, for blocks that are a bit taller, a paper "shelf" made of a layer (or two or three) of matboard can be lightly glued next to the kentos so that the paper is supported. This works well when the kentos are raised due to a thicker block.
  • Pictures next week, promise. 

This item is taken from the blog 1000 Woodcuts Updates.
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Subject: The Little Match Girl

My fairy tale series continues with The Little Match Girl, the tragic tale by Hans Christian Anderson.

The Little Match Girl

Anderson wrote his fairy tales in the 1830s, during the height of the industrial revolution. It was a time of great contrasts between rich and poor, owners and workers. The Little Match Girl reflects this era, with the poor little girl trying to sell matches to indifferent passers-by on a freezing new year’s eve. Unable to sell her matches, unable to return home from fear of her father’s anger, she huddles in an alley and lights matches to keep warm. Magically, images of a happy holiday appear in the matches’ circle of light, ending with the little girl being carried away in her grandmother’s arms.

In my version, the girl is looking at one of the holiday scenes that appear. She sees holiday revelers: the haves, the robber barons, the investment bankers, the top 1% who control 42% of this country’s financial wealth. They enjoy themselves heartily, oblivious to the plight of the poor.

And the girl? Why can’t she go home? Perhaps her parents, foolishly, believed they could afford a balloon mortgage, and have been forced into the street when their house was foreclosed. Perhaps her parents were laid off, and since health care is tied to employment in this country –still, even with some health care reforms– all their money goes to paying for medicine for a sick family member. She fears her father’s anger; perhaps she and her mother would be better off in a shelter for battered women, but state budget cuts have closed their doors.

Did I say this was a story about the industrial revolution? Unfortunately, it’s a tale for our time, as well.

The Little Match Girl
Linoleum block print with hand coloring
Edition of 22


There is a lot of interesting contemporary work based on this story. Here are some links for you.

? An interesting interview with David Lang, composer of the Little Match Girl Passion, winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for music. He talks about the story and its imlicaitons and his reaction to it. Well worth the visit.

? Pixar’s animated version. Have your tissues handy.

? A play by Jack Neary, The Little Match Girl, in its entirety on Google Books.

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