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  1. [Baren 41164] beginners in exchanges (Marilynn Smith)
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Message 1
From: Marilynn Smith
Date: Sat, 01 May 2010 14:02:44 GMT
Subject: [Baren 41164] beginners in exchanges
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My first wood cut was in an exchange. I had a lot of fun with it. It
might be wise to choose an exchange that has a small size and print
with one color for the first one. Also choose soft wood, get a shina
block. Don't try to do a lot of detail, relax and have fun with it.
I had done linoleum and was anxious to learn woodblock. One of our
prints does go into a teaching museum. With that thought in mind I
think it is nice to have work in several exchanges that show your
growth. Personally I appreciate every print I have gotten in any of
the exchanges. Beginners are just as welcome as well seasoned
artists. Many here have grown and grown to become very professional
and successful with their printmaking. As my Mexican neighbor says
poco a poco - one step at a time. Fear is one of mans worse enemies,
jump in the water and go for it! I have never heard any one here
complain about the beginners in our exchanges, you are welcome.

Another thought, you will get 30 prints to examine in return for your
efforts. I can't think of a better way to learn a lot, holding and
looking and examining other works is a terrific growing and learning

My neighbor was by the other day and loved the etching I have framed
on my wall, here in Baja. I got this at a bargain basement price form
the artist. It is marked C/A. Would that be an artist copy?

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Message 2
From: "Ellen Shipley"
Date: Sat, 01 May 2010 21:02:39 GMT
Subject: [Baren 41165] Re: Print Exchange #44 - Question
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They're on the way! 8-]

Ellen Shipley

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Subject: The Blue Press
Posted by: Andrew Stone

Well, not sure yet really what I'm going to do with this thing but this afternoon I finally got it all put together.

I did some etching and monoprints in college and again later in a few workshops and although I could spend the rest of my life working in and learning moku hanga (hand printed, water-based, woodblock prints) I miss every now and again the plate tone and scratchiness that is so inherent in those other processes and the speed with which an idea can be worked out in monotype. I need a fast and quickly rewarding alternative to the very slow process of carving and printing woodblocks. I've been looking on craigslist and Ebay for about 2 years for a used table press...I wanted something bigger than I usually work in moku hanga but not so big as to cost a fortune. I was hoping for something that would handle a full 22" X 30" sheet of paper . Several came and went. One as I was driving to Monterey to look was sold in the 1hr it took me to get there. One was in San Francisco but the owner decided in the end she really didn't want to sell it to a man. So one morning this showed up on craigslist; one 30 year-old, home-made, 33" X 44" etching press-- and it was in Pacifica, CA (about an hour away on the coast) and still $300 under the amount I had inwardly agreed to budget (squander) under the category, "Tools I really don't deserve/need/or have enough money to buy". I wrote to ask if it was still available and seconds later the owner answered amusedly as he had just posted it 30 minutes earlier! Turns out he was a woodblock printer who was now in his late 60's and had just finished re-printing a suite of prints for his kids before putting away the blocks and selling the press for good. I drove up left a deposit and agreed to come back later that week with a van, a helper, a socket wrench and the rest of . . .
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