Today's postings

  1. [Baren 44952] Re: Printing on Birch Bark rather than paper? (Bronwyn Merritt)
  2. [Baren 44953] printmaking in Mexico (Guadalupe Victorica)
  3. [Baren 44954] storing year of prints (Marilynn Smith)
  4. [Baren 44955] about storing woodblocks (Graham Scholes)
  5. [Baren 44956] birch bark ("bobcatpath #")
  6. [Baren 44957] Re: Printing on Birch Bark rather than paper? ("Oscar Bearinger")
  7. [Baren 44958] Re: Printing on Birch Bark rather than paper? (key sevn)
  8. [Baren 44959] More questions (SUSAN KALLAUGHER)
  9. [Baren 44960] morbid subject (Linda Beeman)
  10. [Baren 44961] Re: morbid subject (ArtfulCarol #
  11. [Baren 44962] Baren Member blogs: Update Notification (Blog Manager)
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Message 1
From: Bronwyn Merritt
Date: Sat, 07 Jan 2012 15:55:33 GMT
Subject: [Baren 44952] Re: Printing on Birch Bark rather than paper?
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Larry, what size are theses prints? Do you trim them or leave them irregular? We have some paper birches around here, and I have thought about trying it, but I haven't seen any felled trees lately.

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Message 2
From: Guadalupe Victorica
Date: Sat, 07 Jan 2012 16:22:52 GMT
Subject: [Baren 44953] printmaking in Mexico
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Marylinn I am so gald you live part of the time in Baja South it is beautifull I hear. I just spend a week in San Felipe in the North Baja with my brothers and sisters from Mexicali.
I plan to go back in May in case you are in the area (too far). Anyway the art scenery or printmaking in San Felipe is almost zero I will look for some artists groups there.

When in San Cristobal de las Casas in Chiapas I found a local group or artists teaching young locals to draw and print.
I became in contact with them to do volunteer teaching once I go back to visit my son. They are doing an interesting work teaching locals.
I am also fortunate my children and sisters want my art work for their homes.

Saludos , Guadalupe
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Message 3
From: Marilynn Smith
Date: Sat, 07 Jan 2012 16:57:49 GMT
Subject: [Baren 44954] storing year of prints
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I have a notebook with pages made of acid free paper and under plastic
that I put my year of exchanges in. It works very well for showing off
the work to others and also I can leaf through it and have fond
memories of some members work that are not with us any more.

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Message 4
From: Graham Scholes
Date: Sat, 07 Jan 2012 17:02:59 GMT
Subject: [Baren 44955] about storing woodblocks
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In some ways we are fortunate here in the NW as the printing climate is ideal.
As Maria sez, climate is good for storing in the South.

I had a set of block next to the wall and when I printed it that 16" x 12" block had increased
in size by 1/16 " on the 12" dimension. I did not realize this until printing it on a print that already had
3 colours down. 25 sheet of hosho paper went to the paper making bin.

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Message 5
From: "bobcatpath #"
Date: Sat, 07 Jan 2012 17:25:40 GMT
Subject: [Baren 44956] birch bark
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concerningLarry's thoughts on uses of birch bark

the PASSAMAQUODDY TRIBE of my area in Maine

uses birch bark in many ways

looking at the INSIDE or light brown side of the bark

the historic native artist Joseph Tomah

etched drawings into the brown bark

since the scratch creates a lighter line

others have painted on bark

i know artists who make baskets and then etch or paint on them

but i've never printed on birch bark

it has an already oily surface

seems like an oil based ink would work

but it is quite uneven and has a tendancy to tear easily lengthwise

hard to rub

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Message 6
From: "Oscar Bearinger"
Date: Sat, 07 Jan 2012 17:29:32 GMT
Subject: [Baren 44957] Re: Printing on Birch Bark rather than paper?
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Hi Larry
Continuing to enjoy Lake Superior, eh?

I have painted on birch bark, regular artist oil paints, but I have not tried ink. Sounds interesting!! The paint has no problem adhering. The main issue for me is how to fix the physical birchbark afterwards to display it - ie framing is an issue :~) !! I didn't go to far down that road myself, but occasionally I do paint a bit.

Norval Morrisseau worked on birchbark for some of his oil paintings, which I have seen in the National Gallery in Ottawa. None of his large works, just humble little 10x16, 16x20 sort of size. (They were in traditional wood frames by the way, affixed to an inner support.)

I think he worked in northern Ontario too!

Good experiments, Larry!

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Message 7
From: key sevn
Date: Sat, 07 Jan 2012 21:17:18 GMT
Subject: [Baren 44958] Re: Printing on Birch Bark rather than paper?
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cool. I would like to see some photos of birch prints, and wondering how
big one piece of bark can be?

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Message 8
Date: Sun, 08 Jan 2012 00:21:34 GMT
Subject: [Baren 44959] More questions
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Firstly, I'd like to say how wonderful it is to have found barenforum. Looking at your websites you are an awesomely talented group & I love to look at & learn from your works.
Bea, what an inspiration, I hope I will be able & fit to do woodcuts through my senior years when they come!
I have so many questions I will try to ration not to be tiresome. I notice many of you work big and with numerous blocks you couldn't possibly print in one sitting.
So, what do you do, let the paper dry between colors and wet it again when you are ready? Or keep it wet for a few days and print block after block? I have only printed small and with maximum of 5 blocks so far.
Many Thanks
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Message 9
From: Linda Beeman
Date: Sun, 08 Jan 2012 00:46:17 GMT
Subject: [Baren 44960] morbid subject
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Thanks everyone for not thinking it a weird subject! I appreciate all the ideas and thoughts. I gave me some good ideas!
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Message 10
From: ArtfulCarol #
Date: Sun, 08 Jan 2012 03:42:32 GMT
Subject: [Baren 44961] Re: morbid subject
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Ideas to disperse our art accumulated over the years:
Business cards put up on bulletin boards, post offices, libraries. You
never know and it's so easy.
Also barter--Daumier did it!!! Why not? What would you barter?

In a message dated 1/5/2012 11:17:13 A.M. Eastern Standard Time,

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

Subject: Looking forward ...
Posted by: Dave Bull

With the Hanga Treasure Chest : Mystique of the Japanese Print series now in the home stretch, it is of course (past) time to do some serious planning for the next one.

Planning a new series means thinking not just about prints and designs, but of course the peripheral materials too, including the storage system. The system I devised for the original Treasure Chest, which combined storage and display in one unit ...

... was very successful, and the case for the Mystique series grew out of the same concept.

Now if (heh!) I were to be making another set of prints on a similar scale - desktop display size - I would have to decide either to use one of those two case designs, or come up with something new. I was mulling these issues over while I was carving yesterday morning, and had an inspiration for a way to make a case similar to the current Mystique model - of course combining storage and display - but which moved it forward somewhat. Call it Mark II, if you will.

I thought about it off and on during the day, and after the evening carving session was done, even though it's really getting ahead of things, I couldn't resist having a go at building a sample. I didn't actually pull an 'all-nighter', but the sky was starting to get a bit light by the time I finished! Here are some photos of the results:

To start with, here's the case . . .
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