Today's postings

  1. [Baren 37932] Re: Woodprints at Ropewalk : North Lincolnshire : UK (Ruth Leaf)
  2. [Baren 37933] Re: For Sale or Trade ---- Ads and Ops Newsletter/Digest (Graham Scholes)
  3. [Baren 37934] Glitter and strapping (Jennifer Martindale)
  4. [Baren 37935] Baren Member blogs: Update Notification (Blog Manager)
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Message 1
From: Ruth Leaf
Date: Thu, 15 Jan 2009 02:34:53 GMT
Subject: [Baren 37932] Re: Woodprints at Ropewalk : North Lincolnshire : UK
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I think Alisons Anoma; and bird prints are lovely Ruth Leaf

Harry French wrote:

> Alison�s exhibition photos:
> The Ropewalk official website with a short video on the homepage:
> Cheers,
> Harry
> Lincoln
> UK
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Message 2
From: Graham Scholes
Date: Thu, 15 Jan 2009 05:16:08 GMT
Subject: [Baren 37933] Re: For Sale or Trade ---- Ads and Ops Newsletter/Digest
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Mary Kuster wrote:
> This newsletter will go out to the list on the 15^th of each month,
> so they must be submitted by the 13^th of each month. If we get a
> lot of items I may do twice a month.

So this month does not count....
I got your notice on Jan 14th and the 13th is the deadline for the
15th announcement...

I gather then that this feature won�t start until February... (
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Message 3
From: Jennifer Martindale
Date: Thu, 15 Jan 2009 10:39:28 GMT
Subject: [Baren 37934] Glitter and strapping
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I too am a real magpie, and just love a bit of shine or glitter on a print and have been playing with various forms of glitter, mica, bronze powders etc. In order to get some sparkle into a print without the shine being too dominating, I have had some success with mixing Gum arabic, powder pigment and the appropriate shiny stuff. I apply this through a stencil as I found that a woodblock just got too gungy and generally messy, so I was cleaning the block down every second print. With this technique I have to be careful not to put any pressure on the prints afterwards as they lie flat, as the gum arabic is liable to stick. Obviously it is easiest to handle if it is the final process before drying, allowing the print or rather the gum, to dry out a little individually before flattening between blotters. Though I have successfully overprinted by drying out and then rewetting (from the back).

On the subject of protecting elbows and hands from overuse, I have had success with sports protection gear. For me the hand needs protecting and I wear a glove with fingers tips free, made from wet suit sort of material. I also wear a wrist strap over this. It gives good support to wrist and hand. I also have wrapped my knife with a strapping used for tennis and squash raquets. I suggest making friends with a sports shop person, which is where I got all mine. The young man who helped me was full of good ideas when I explained what I wanted it for, and seemed to enjoy having to think outside his usual box. I am sure there must be elbow strapping available. When I get the time to update my blog I will try and take pictures.

Happy printing

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Subject: Woodblock Graffiti
Posted by: Annie B

In Of Plimouth Plantation William Bradford gives four reasons why the Separatists wanted to leave Holland and make the treacherous journey to America:
  1. Financial - they saw little room for improvement in their employment situation in Holland
  2. Security - they were afraid that Holland and Spain would soon be at war
  3. Evangelism - their move would provide an opportunity for propagation of their faith
  4. For the sake of the children - they were worried that their children were becoming more Dutch than English and that they were being tempted into sinful behaviors.


These are the causes that still motivate immigrants across the globe. I was particularly struck with the incentive of moving so that one's children will have a better life. I have many friends who once they became parents uprooted themselves from favorite urban settings or paid more than they wanted to pay for a house just so they could live in a more highly-rated public school system.


In searching for a visual device that would suggest the temptations of youth, I settled on graffiti as a fast-read symbol for urban crime and youthful rebellion. Juxtaposing the Pilgrims into a modern setting is something I envisioned when I first thought about this series, so this print is a test of that concept.

The graffiti I referenced comes from the . . .
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