Today's postings

  1. [Baren 45133] Latest prints (Graham Scholes)
  2. [Baren 45134] Fwd: Latest prints (Graham Scholes)
  3. [Baren 45135] Re: Latest prints (key sevn)
  4. [Baren 45136] Japanese bookbinding in action and something else. (key sevn)
  5. [Baren 45137] Baren Member blogs: Update Notification (Blog Manager)
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Message 1
From: Graham Scholes
Date: Tue, 21 Feb 2012 17:20:52 GMT
Subject: [Baren 45133] Latest prints
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Harry French wrote:

> The dialogue on how and especially why we should print always attracts my attention, but after some fifty years I don't seem any nearer the why as I was as a student.
> *I would just like to inform you of an update of my latest works.

Thanks for sending your site....
I connect with your work and find it refreshingly honest.... or put another way.... it is all about you.

I will be in Paris for two weeks this fall and wonder how long it would take to get back to England for a quick visit.
We are going on down to Nice and Florence for about 6 weeks and wonder about getting around.

> *I am still struggling with a compromise website between 1024 x 768 to 800 x 600 screen resolution that shows paintings/prints without scrolling the screen.
> Im nearly there. Its my fault for updating to the very latest in technology.

If I were closer I would pop over and help you with your site. I do a lot of them.... mostly for association on a volunteer basis. Crazy.

Cheers for now.

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Message 2
From: Graham Scholes
Date: Tue, 21 Feb 2012 17:39:21 GMT
Subject: [Baren 45134] Fwd: Latest prints
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My apologies.... did not mean to send this to the baren list server.


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Message 3
From: key sevn
Date: Tue, 21 Feb 2012 18:18:43 GMT
Subject: [Baren 45135] Re: Latest prints
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I love your medieval themes.
I wish I had a cathedral near my home. You can always go and ask a
question. Untill it's not Macdonaldized yet.
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Message 4
From: key sevn
Date: Tue, 21 Feb 2012 21:05:38 GMT
Subject: [Baren 45136] Japanese bookbinding in action and something else.
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new post on my blog - two in one in fact.
sorry for my English I'm afraid it won't be better ;)

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Subject: January trade deficit hits new high after end of woodblock print series
Posted by: Dave Bull

Japan logged a record 1.48 trillion trade deficit in January as an appreciating yen, a growing reliance on foreign energy, and a slump in woodblock print sales slashed exporters' profits and boosted imports, the Finance Ministry said Monday.

Purchases of crude oil jumped 12.7 percent, but purchases of liquefied natural gas soared 74.3 percent in January. Trade with China for the month logged a deficit of 588 billion as exports sank 20.1 percent while imports grew 7.5 percent. Exports of woodblock prints to the US and major European countries plummeted in the period, as a very popular series from the famous Seseragi Studio came to an end and was not immediately replaced by a newer one. Meanwhile imports of steel surged 65.6 percent and imports of communications devices grew 55.2 percent, the Finance Ministry said.

All these factors resulted in the trade deficit ballooning 207.7 percent from January 2011 ? the most in a single month since record-keeping began in 1979. It is also the first time the deficit has broken 1 trillion in a single month.

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This item is taken from the blog Woodblock RoundTable.
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Subject: Catching Up 3: The Letter "L"
Posted by: Andy English

From time to time I take part in a collaborative print project and early last summer I contributed a letter to the Wood Engravers Network Alphabet of engraved, decorated capitals. Early on I had chosen the letter "L" with the intention of engraving a lighthouse but, as the deadline approached, I changed my mind, largely through having these splendid lilies in the house:

The letter was engraved on a 5cm square "lemonwood" block which I had darkened with ink. The letter was drawn freehand but owes much to the capital letters of the lettercutter and typographer Will Carter. I started by engraving the outline fo the letter:

The Form of a capital "L" give much space for background engraving. I developed ideas in my sketchbook and then drew them in reverse on the block:

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This item is taken from the blog Wood Engraver.
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Subject: Lizard Skin
Posted by: Andrew Stone

Two quick shots of the proofs of yesterday's block.

The block prints pretty well; I used just a bit of Payne's Gray and Pthalo blue and paste to test the holes.
Registration was on for this block and the keyblock.

No more shots of this print for a while:
Two of my color blocks are off-register by about 1/8th of an inch.
Too much to be just cutting error on a small print and I was VERY meticulous to cut all the Kentos exactly the same. I think wood expansion is the culprit as I pasted two of the hanshitas down two weeks later than the first two.
I'll try to adjust the kentos and trim first but I may have to recarve two blocks.

This looks pretty good like this but it's pretty far from the intended print.
This texture would be more appropriate for a Gila monster or Beaded lizard and less so for the small, green anole I have in mind.
I'll have to see if the other blocks can be salvaged and suspect/hope the final work will be quite different.

This item is taken from the blog Lacrime di Rospo.
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Subject: Handcrafted to be ignored

This item is taken from the blog Against the grain.
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Subject: Finished? Or not.
Posted by: Sherrie Y

Once the reflection was resolved (or so I thought), it was time to address the duck. This was all pretty straightforward and didn't take long, since very little carving was required to free Mr. Goldeneye from any entanglements with with rest of the image.

First some light purple in his head for a few highlights. Male goldeneye are black and white, but their feathers have an iridescent quality in the light.

The reflection of the duck in the water needs to be slightly off-color and value from the actual critter, so I tackled that with a brownish color.

A little bit more carving, and then the black.

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This item is taken from the blog Brush and Baren.
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Subject: North East in USA and South West in Canada, it's all relative
Posted by: Maria

Occurs to me that I have been placing everyone according to my own geographical-centrism. I suppose we all have ourselves and where we live as "the" point of reference for the rest of the world, otherwise we would get hopelessly lost as we travel. But be assured I mean no ego-centrism when I refer to Canada as North and Brazil as South, it's just that I'm smack in the middle...always in the middle, it's all relative!

Wow, that was deep...
Anyhow, here are the latest two arrivals.

AEleen Frisch from Wallingford Connecticut, USA sends this little window into her world. The block is actually resting on a borrowed newspaper but it's all good.

And Randie Feil, from Victoria British Columbia in Canada sends this contribution. Randie did write a smart little ditty on paper about the crows and I will be updating all those as I type them:

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This item is taken from the blog MCPP Puzzle Prints.
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