Today's postings

  1. [Baren 42232] Toronto Conference Printopolis summary (April Vollmer)
  2. [Baren 42233] Re: "Hello" - New Baren Digest (HTML) V53 #5417 (Oct 31, 2010) (audley sue wing)
  3. [Baren 42234] Hey, where's my mummy? (n9iwf #
  4. [Baren 42235] RE: Hey, where's my mummy? ("Maria Arango Diener")
  5. [Baren 42236] Re: Hey, where's my mummy? ( slinders #
  6. [Baren 42237] Welcome to new voices and finished a new print, Exchange 46 and a copper drypoint (Andrew Stone)
  7. [Baren 42238] Baren Member blogs: Update Notification (Blog Manager)
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Message 1
From: April Vollmer
Date: Sun, 31 Oct 2010 14:39:41 GMT
Subject: [Baren 42232] Toronto Conference Printopolis summary
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I posted photos of the Printopolis "Beyond Mokuhanga" show on Picasa at

This was an exhibition hosted at the Japanese Paper Place for the Open Studio Printopolis Symposium last week. Elizabeth Forrest and I curated the show, and gave demonstrations of mokuhanga. Toronto seems to be filled with excited printmakers!

I also wanted to let people know that there is a conference coming up next June, the schedule will be posted in December, but you can check the site now to get an overview. It should be a great conference, with a range of presentations from east and west, both academic and practical.

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Message 2
From: audley sue wing
Date: Sun, 31 Oct 2010 19:32:52 GMT
Subject: [Baren 42233] Re: "Hello" - New Baren Digest (HTML) V53 #5417 (Oct 31, 2010)
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How wonderful to be an art student doing woodblock printing. Congratulations and welcome to Baren.áI love your pieces esp Scandinavian Pine. Would they be available for purchase? You may email me directly. Audley Sue Wing
--- On Sun, 10/31/10, wrote:
Myáname is Jessie Riley and I'm an art student in Indiana. á

Here are two recent pieces of work:
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Message 3
From: n9iwf #
Date: Mon, 01 Nov 2010 01:05:56 GMT
Subject: [Baren 42234] Hey, where's my mummy?
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"Hey, where's my mummy?"
That may sound like a line from an old Three Stooges movie, but there was a time when artists may have asked that very question while frantically looking around their studio.
In the 'support forum' for the eBook, "Your First Print" Dave Bull lists a source for some mineral/natural pigments that he thought looked similar to ones he used. While looking up the characteristics of these pigments, I came across another "natural" pigment with a very strange name -Caput Mortuum. So, what is (or was) Caput Mortuum made from? Well, its alternate name, Mummy Brown may give you a clue...!
According to Wikipedia (and other sites), Mummy Brown "was one of the favorite colors of the Pre-Rafaelites", and
"... was originally made in the 16th and 17th centuries from white pitch, myrrh, and the ground-up remains of Egyptian mummies, both human and feline[2], one London colourman claiming that he could satisfy the demands of his customers for twenty years from one Egyptian mummy. It fell from popularity in the early 19th century when its composition became generally known to artists..." Reference:
Surprisingly, while it may have fallen from popularity, it was still being sold in the 20th Century... as late as 1925! Reference:
Time magazine (October 2, 1964) 1964! published an article titled, Techniques: The Passing of Mummy Brown". In this article, Geoffrey Roberson-Park, (of C. Roberson and Co) regretfully admits that the firm has run out of mummies. And further states, "We might have a few odd limbs lying around somewhere," he apologized, "but not enough to make any more paint...." Reference:,9171,940544,00.html
By the way, the historic names, Caput Mortuum, Mummy Brown, and Egyptian Brown are still being used today but the mineral "hematite" is used for its color, not ground mummy powder.
Hematite? Hey, that's on the original list of colors Dave had mentioned on the support forum! I think maybe I should have stopped there...
But, this was interesting, wasn't it?

Mark Vosmeier
P S: Sound a bit depressing? Cheer up. Merck and Co. (pharmaceuticals) listed ground mummy powder for sale as late as 1924! (page 94 - The secret lore of Egypt : its impact on the West by Erik Hornung
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Message 4
From: "Maria Arango Diener"
Date: Mon, 01 Nov 2010 02:30:02 GMT
Subject: [Baren 42235] RE: Hey, where's my mummy?
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Mark, this is great!

A while back I got fascinated by pigments, their current and past uses, their sources, etc. All pigments have a fascinating geological, social and natural history.

Thanks for sharing this.



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Message 5
From: slinders #
Date: Mon, 01 Nov 2010 04:17:19 GMT
Subject: [Baren 42236] Re: Hey, where's my mummy?
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You'll enjoy Victoria Finlay's book, "COLOR, A Natural History
of the Palette"! She had many adventures tracking down the
stories of the colors artists use. I recommend the book!

Mommia is described on pages 104-106, and is probably all you
wanted to know, and then some! Happy Halloween!

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Message 6
From: Andrew Stone
Date: Mon, 01 Nov 2010 06:10:15 GMT
Subject: [Baren 42237] Welcome to new voices and finished a new print, Exchange 46 and a copper drypoint
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Hi, welcome to Jessie Riley; thanks for showing us a few prints; I too really like the Fishers of Men Print.
Hi, too to Scott Betz, I went to your site and found lots of useful information there.

I posted the finished version of my moku hanga contribution to exchange 46 on my blog. It is a 5 block, 4 color print using two blocks of cherry and some shina blocks.
If you're participating and would rather wait to see it in the package, don't follow the link.

In addition, I printed three proofs of a copper drypoint print, my first ever--I need a crash course in basic wiping but I'm still happy with the effort.
The drypoint burr was pretty rough and kept catching the wiping cloth and was either unevenly wiped, or just overwiped. I'll have another go next week.

Happy November.

Andrew Stone´╗┐

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Subject: Centerfold 8-]
Posted by: Ellen Shipley

Hey, I'm in a centerfold.  8-]

Ok, so it's for CHEM 13 news, Dept. of Chemistry, University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.  ;->

This from Jenn Shmitt, the co-ordinator:

It's that time again... more Periodic Table Print Project News.

The September issue of the Chem13 News features our project (we're even the centerfold!).  They were so inspired that they have started their own periodic table project--open to more media than just printmaking-- as part of the University's celebration of the Year of Chemistry, 2011. 

Here's my contribution to the project:  Titanium.

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