Today's postings

  1. [Baren 41105] white line (Marilynn Smith)
  2. [Baren 41106] Printfair (Jennifer Martindale)
  3. [Baren 41107] Re: White-Line Woodcut (Viza Arlington)
  4. [Baren 41108] Re: White-Line Woodcut ("Ellen Shipley")
  5. [Baren 41109] Re: White-Line Woodcut (Barbara Mason)
  6. [Baren 41110] request for blocks (Barbara Mason)
  7. [Baren 41111] Re: White-Line Woodcut (ArtfulCarol #
  8. [Baren 41112] Re: Question on Ink, Lino, Sharpies (Constance Brewer)
  9. [Baren 41113] Baren Member blogs: Update Notification (Blog Manager)
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Message 1
From: Marilynn Smith
Date: Wed, 21 Apr 2010 13:56:51 GMT
Subject: [Baren 41105] white line
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If I ever get this block I am carving finished I will be trying white
line. Am looking forward to the results our experimenting group post.
The block I am carving is maple. So far I have found maple both great
and a pain to work with. It is hard, so my hands and wrists get
tired. However, the bonus to being hard is that it holds fine lines
well. Also hard does not dent easily either, not that I usually dent
up my plates, but life happens.

Does anyone besides me on the list have a 13 inch mac OSX 10.5.8?
Email me off list if you do please.


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Message 2
From: Jennifer Martindale
Date: Wed, 21 Apr 2010 16:30:59 GMT
Subject: [Baren 41106] Printfair
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The London Original Print fair is on again at the Royal Academy London. Always worth visiting and this year Israel Goldman will be there with his Japanese prints (he organised the Kuniyoshi exhib). I hope to go on Sunday May 2nd in the afternoon. It is always exciting to see such a formidable range of printmakers past and present.THE BEST!
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Message 3
From: Viza Arlington
Date: Wed, 21 Apr 2010 16:50:48 GMT
Subject: [Baren 41107] Re: White-Line Woodcut
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Hi Printmakers,
I have been busy foraging for mushrooms and putting in my garden so i
haven't/wont have anytime for printing/posting for a while. I printed
a ghost print of my horse and was surprised by how much watercolor was
left on the the block so if registration isn't a problem then printing
it a second or even a third time might help reduce the graininess. I
also noticed and i think someone else mentioned that some colors seem
to be more grainy than others. I do like the element of surprise in
white line printing though and think that some graininess adds to the
charm. Because there seems to be so little info out there about the
white line technique i feel less pressure to get it right since i
don't really know what right is. I think sometimes as a printmaker i
can let tradition get in the way of creativity.
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Message 4
From: "Ellen Shipley"
Date: Wed, 21 Apr 2010 18:44:09 GMT
Subject: [Baren 41108] Re: White-Line Woodcut
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I do a variation on white-line woodcuts, in that I ink up the block with multiple colors for one pass thru the press, but instead of painting them on with a brush I tap them on with my finger or a small pouncing brush (like for stencils). Sometimes I wipe ink off of some areas so I can tap a different color on. I know it's not traditional white-line, but I often carve wider lines so that the ink won't bleed over to another area.

Examples of what I mean can be found on my blog with my paleo-horsefly:

I don't know what to call this other than white-line. Or maybe just woodcuts. ;- j

Ellen Shipley
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Message 5
From: Barbara Mason
Date: Wed, 21 Apr 2010 23:45:11 GMT
Subject: [Baren 41109] Re: White-Line Woodcut
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these are so nice and again it is a variation on the white line, why not write it up and we will get it in with the one Jeanne did on the website. I am not sure who does that now bur get it done and we will figure it out. I want to get the stuff Viza and Linda did as well and also my own when I get it photographed. It is more than white line, but think that is as good a tag as any
my best
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Message 6
From: Barbara Mason
Date: Thu, 22 Apr 2010 00:08:39 GMT
Subject: [Baren 41110] request for blocks
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I don't know this guy, but it sounds worthwhile to me. Eugene is in Oregon

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Michael Cole
Date: Wed, Apr 21, 2010 at 2:05 PM
Subject: Art ala Cart is looking for your art

Dear Printmakers,

I am putting together a project for the recreation dept here in Eugene called Art ala Cart which entails a print press anchored to a bike cart and ridden around town to various events such as the upcoming out in the artdoors treasure hunt and to the libraries. At these locations I will be printing t-shirts, hoodies and paper prints. What I would love to get from you guys are print blocks. I am working with plywood blocks that I can supply. Your imagination is the limit as long as it isn't nudies because it will become property of the city. I cannot offer you cash but you can sign your work and have it shared with the world. Let me know if you are interested. Would love to talk to you about this.


Michael Cole

So a try-mind is more important than any Zen master. If you say “I can,” then you can do something. If you say “I cannot,” then you cannot do anything. Which do you like?

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Message 7
From: ArtfulCarol #
Date: Thu, 22 Apr 2010 03:27:00 GMT
Subject: [Baren 41111] Re: White-Line Woodcut
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I'd be the first to agree with what Viza wrote .
Creativity is the way to go when we don't know what the "right" way is.

I am looking forward to the end of July when I am planning to take a
white line course at the Truro Center for the Arts in Cape Cod . The teacher
is Bill Evaul.

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Message 8
From: Constance Brewer
Date: Thu, 22 Apr 2010 04:57:58 GMT
Subject: [Baren 41112] Re: Question on Ink, Lino, Sharpies
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Thanks, everyone, for the suggestions, especially using talc. It got the
ink to a consistency where I could use it. I'm beginning to suspect it
might be the first layer of color that was the problem. It was a red. I
washed the block, but the red stained it, and most of the places the ink
didn't want to stick well were in the red parts. I think my red ink is
way older than the other colors. But I'm not sure of anything at this
point, and just need to finish things up. I'll try another reduction
print here soon- with different colors- and see how it goes. I may even
try using wood again instead of lino. :)

Connie Brewer
Life On The Periphery

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Subject: The Cloud of Unknowing
Posted by: Annie B


Today I printed the first background layers for my print of Pilgrim lovers John Alexander and Thomas Roberts. Above is a closeup of the first carving stage for a cloud at the top of the print. I wanted to reproduce the crosshatching look of 17th century wood engraving without actually engraving, so I just criss-crossed freehand with a v-gouge. After I took the photo above I went back in and widened the cuts, leaving little diamond shapes that will print.


The cloud is on the same block as the full background, but I found that the cloud and the background required very different treatments to print the way I wanted them to print, so I printed just the cloud first. I bought a cool little bamboo burnisher at the SGC Philadelphia conference, and I found it was perfect for bringing out the details of the cloud.

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This item is taken from the blog Woodblock Dreams.
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Subject: Ugh! THIS Guy....
Posted by: Jeff Dean

In case we haven't met yet, I'm Jeffrey Dean. The guy in this picture is, of course, not me, but actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan. My problem with Mr. Morgan is a decidedly 21st Century one -- everytime I Google myself, I have to slog through pages of fan sites to get to anything dealing with me.

Just a note here: yes, I routinely Google myself, only to see if any marketing I'm trying for my work is working. Indeed, a blurb about "Little Camper" did show up on an RV site, which was kind of cool.

When I was pretending to be a journalist a few years ago, I briefly changed my professional name to "Jef" to make it easier to find where my work might be showing up. I also changed it to "Zoester Frye." Bylines for both can still be found if you look hard enough.

When I was writing short stories, I used my full name, "Jeffrey David Dean," which would be easier to track, and I assume would filter out Mr. Morgan, but my prints are a little small for writing that out. Furthermore, full names seem just a bit pretentious to me, and, of COURSE, Je ne suis certainement pas le moindre peu prtentieux!

The one bright spot here is that if I put in my name with a little information, like "printmaking" I can usually weed out the unwanted celebrities (A Jeffrey Dean was once the CEO of Diebold, the evil voting machine company). I only ask that Mr. Morgan stick with acting and never take up making woodcuts.

This item is taken from the blog Napping Cat Press Woodcut Prints & Greeting Cards.
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