Today's postings

  1. [Baren 42993] Time for NEW Exchange Signups! (Already?) (Kristine Alder)
  2. [Baren 42994] reply from the Japanese Gardens (Barbara Mason)
  3. [Baren 42995] Re: reply from the Japanese Gardens (mary caulfield)
  4. [Baren 42996] Re: New Baren Digest (HTML) V54 #5566 (Mar 27, 2011) ("Erin.")
  5. [Baren 42997] Re: New Baren Digest (HTML) shellac on wood and Maria (Rachel Silber)
  6. [Baren 42998] Re: New Baren Digest (HTML) shellac on wood and Maria (Graham Scholes)
  7. [Baren 42999] Re: New Baren Digest (HTML) shellac on wood and Maria (eli griggs)
  8. [Baren 43000] dissater exchange (Guadalupe Victorica)
  9. [Baren 43001] Re: benefit prints for Japan (Renee)
  10. [Baren 43002] list for Japan relief (Barbara Mason)
  11. [Baren 43003] Re: list for Japan relief (RAKESH BANI)
  12. [Baren 43004] Baren Member blogs: Update Notification (Blog Manager)
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Message 1
From: Kristine Alder
Date: Sun, 27 Mar 2011 22:31:43 GMT
Subject: [Baren 42993] Time for NEW Exchange Signups! (Already?)
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Hi Fellow Bareners!

Can you believe that the calendar if flitting through 2011 so fast? In just a little less than a week now it will be time for everyone to sign up to participate in the upcoming Exchange 49 ! Hard to believe, isn't it? Details for this exchange are found below:

Medium: Woodblock print (hand rubbed or pulled on a press, B&W or colour, any pigments, any paper)
Theme: Open
Paper: 5 x 7 inches (about 12.5 cm x 17.5 cm)
Paper type: No restriction
Registration period: Four weeks starting April 1, 2011
Deadline for finished prints: August 1, 2011
This should be great fun! With an open theme, and a modest sized paper to print on, even the busiest of us will be able to tackle this sweet little print. Sign-up page will be set up to start accepting your registration requests April 1st (No April Fool's joke, I promise)


P.S. (***And here's a little something to get you thinking: We'll soon be celebrating Baren's 50th Print Exchange, with sign-ups beginning July 1st. We're planning to have a very special theme and paper size for this one. Wouldn't it be great if we had so many sign up that we had to do two or three groups of 30 instead of just one? )

Kristine Alder
Baren Exchange Manager

St. George, UT

Art Educator/Printmaker/Book Artist/Graphic Design


"The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it,
but that it is too low and we reach it." --Michelangelo
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Message 2
From: Barbara Mason
Date: Sun, 27 Mar 2011 22:33:53 GMT
Subject: [Baren 42994] reply from the Japanese Gardens
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Wahoo...this is a yes from the Japanese one down and more to go if
we are lucky
I also think we should exhibit it a few times, maybe in Seattle if not Portland.
I will work on it...sorry for two posts in one day but I could not wait for
tomorrow to share this one... good things happen with partnerships
My best to all

----- Forwarded Message ----
From: Diane Durston
To: Barbara Mason
Cc: Maureen Porter ; Kumiko Read

Sent: Sun, March 27, 2011 3:05:23 PM
Subject: RE: opportunity to help Japan

Hi Barbara,

Thank you for your message. This is a lovely idea. I’ll talk with others here,
and then let’s meet to discuss it in more detail in the coming weeks. Please
give me a call and we’ll figure out a time to get together. I have copied our
Curatorial Assistant Kumiko Read to help with scheduling a meeting.

Thanks so much for bringing this to my attention. It would be wonderful to
explore the possibilities with you. I don’t know if you are aware of the
Memorial Vigil we held for disaster victims. Here is a link to see the

Regards and thanks,

Diane Durston
Curator of Culture, Art, and Education
Portland Japanese Garden
P.O. Box 3847
Portland, OR 97208
Office: 503-595-9015
Fax: 503-223-8303

Visit us online at

From:Barbara Mason []
Sent: Friday, March 25, 2011 8:42 PM
To: Diane Durston
Cc: Maureen Porter
Subject: opportunity to help Japan

I worked with the Garden a few years ago when we mounted an exhibition of
Japanese prints from 15 artists living in Japan at Waterstone Gallery in
partnership with Print Arts Northwest. It was very successful exhibit and we
gave away many tickets for a discount to the gardens to encourage memberships
for our beautiful gardens.

Wearing my artist hat, I belong to a international group of woodblock print
makers called the Baren Forum,
After 9-11 we did a portfolio of prints to commemorate and raise money for the
New York Firefighters.

Our group would like to do one for the Tsunami disaster relief.

Our problem with the 9-11 portfolios, was in selling them since we are artists
and already on the bottom rung financially. (you can see the work here)
None of us knew anyone who might give a lot of money for 30 beautiful prints in
a portfolio, so we did raise funds but not as much as we would have liked. I
think if we did the work and partnered with the gardens to sell it, all the
money could go to Japan and your audience would be very enthusiastic about
buying them since the cause is so worthy. We did 30 prints and I assume we will
get 30 people wanting to be part of this again.
That means at least 25 portfolios of 30 hand pulled original prints. Since the
work will be donated you can set the price or you can give them away to your
sponsors, possibly generating even more income than selling them would.

Can you let me know if the Gardens are interested in this? I have put out the
call to our artists and we will do the prints probably by the middle of June. It
takes a couple of months for people to do the work and mail to me since they
will come from all over the world. I will assemble the portfolios.
It will be good work, our artists are from every calibre of skill, from those
who just started to those that make their living with their art. We do not
discriminate and the first 30 people who sign up will be included in the

We are all so saddened by the terrible tragedy and it just keeps going on, who
knows where it will end with the threat of the nuclear reactor breach.
Most of us have friends in Japan, we are happy to say that no one we know
personally is missing. Others are not so fortunate.
My very best to you
Barbara Mason
mall manager-
artist-owner -
education chair -
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Message 3
From: mary caulfield
Date: Sun, 27 Mar 2011 22:38:01 GMT
Subject: [Baren 42995] Re: reply from the Japanese Gardens
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Hi Barbara,
I would like to participate, please put on your list.
Clare Caulfield
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Message 4
From: "Erin."
Date: Mon, 28 Mar 2011 00:58:47 GMT
Subject: [Baren 42996] Re: New Baren Digest (HTML) V54 #5566 (Mar 27, 2011)
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Yes. I would like to be a part of this benefit. Sign me up.
Erin K. Nolan
Sent from my Verizon Wireless Phone
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Message 5
From: Rachel Silber
Date: Mon, 28 Mar 2011 01:26:47 GMT
Subject: [Baren 42997] Re: New Baren Digest (HTML) shellac on wood and Maria
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I put the shellac on after carving. It makes the blocks much easier to
clean after inking.
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Message 6
From: Graham Scholes
Date: Mon, 28 Mar 2011 01:31:44 GMT
Subject: [Baren 42998] Re: New Baren Digest (HTML) shellac on wood and Maria
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I like the oil/varnish combination before carving.... the oil helps somewhat with the carving.... makes for a slipper time.

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Message 7
From: eli griggs
Date: Mon, 28 Mar 2011 01:48:58 GMT
Subject: [Baren 42999] Re: New Baren Digest (HTML) shellac on wood and Maria
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I also use shellac and apply it to wood/plywood before carving. Thin it with alcohol, from a three pound cut and apply several thin coats instead of one thick coating of, for example, Bullseye ready-made shellac.

If you make your own, it's easy enough make to whatever strength you like.

Give it a light sanding with fine glass paper between coatings.

Some folks will add Indian ink to the shellac so their carving stands out more.

Good luck
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Message 8
From: Guadalupe Victorica
Date: Mon, 28 Mar 2011 03:29:11 GMT
Subject: [Baren 43000] dissater exchange
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Hello, yes I would like to participate in the disaster exchange. Thank you and Saludos, Guadalupe
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Message 9
From: Renee
Date: Mon, 28 Mar 2011 04:42:55 GMT
Subject: [Baren 43001] Re: benefit prints for Japan
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Hi Barbara and all,

Please add my name to the list! Looking forward to working with all of you on this and the City of the World.

Welcome to the new folks and thanks to all who participated in the last exchange, beautiful work!

Happy Printing,

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Message 10
From: Barbara Mason
Date: Mon, 28 Mar 2011 05:04:12 GMT
Subject: [Baren 43002] list for Japan relief
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Here is the list so far...
Maria has offered to put up a sign up page in a week or so when she returns from
her travels with info on it... more later
my best to all

Andrew Stone
Erin K. Nolan
Caroll Chappel
Eileen Corder
Linda Beeman
Mary Caulfield
Sharri LaPierre
Viza Arlington
Diana Moll
Mary Grassell
Sarah Hauser
Melea Press
Carol Lyons
Jean Womack
Carol L. Myers
Andrea Starkey
Bea Gold
Ellen Shipley
Jeanne NormaChase
Oscar Bearinger
Guadalupe Victorica
Kolene Dietz
Renee Ugrin
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Message 11
Date: Mon, 28 Mar 2011 08:13:39 GMT
Subject: [Baren 43003] Re: list for Japan relief
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Hello Barbara,
Here I am rakesh bani, and I also like to participate in this japan
relife portfolio fund, its an better way I think what we printmakers
can do for japan at the moment,,,
So please add my name also in the list, and also send me the details
what to do...........ok
Thanks and regards,
Rakesh bani,

Digest Appendix

Postings made on [Baren] members' blogs
over the past 24 hours ...

Subject: Like a Pendleton Blanket
Posted by: Annie B

So I decided I wanted the background of this American rivers print to look western, maybe vaguely like a Pendleton blanket. I chose some almost-garish earth tones (Pendleton uses some pretty wild colors) and used a series of masks and stencils that I cut from acetate. Here's a closeup of the first mask held in place with some artist's tape.


In this case, I pulled back the acetate, inked the block with orange, pulled the masks back onto the block, laid down the paper and printed.


I did this with two more colors, a green and then a light blue that created a darker green.

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This item is taken from the blog woodblock dreams.
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Subject: City of the World is in your hands!
Posted by: Maria

Each block shape was recorded before mailing just in case
And off they went! Happy travels, little blocks...
The happy City of the World is now in your hands!
I will make a last blog post with the following answers to Frequently Asked Questions but never hesitate to email me directly if you have any comments, questions, funny jokes or whatever.
In addition to the instructions sent with the blocks, they are online, reachable from the project's main page:
Don't forget to keep an eye on the blog, I may comment on the experience. For example, it occurred to me that what we are doing is not just a printmaking exercise but probably qualifies as a cultural outreach and exchange, don't you think? More on that later but, on that note, when you mail the block back to me why don't you wrap it in a couple of pages of your very own local newspaper? Then I can share the headlines from all over the world and anything else that occurs to me as I get them back. Not a requirement, of course, just a request.
Here are some FAQs:
-Which side do I carve again?
-Carve the blank . . .
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This item is taken from the blog MCPP Puzzle Prints.
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