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From: Eileen Corder
Date: Tue, 20 Jan 2009 17:02:43 GMT
Subject: [Baren 37965] Gmail is free and does not attach ads
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Gmail is free and does NOT attach clickable ads. Please consider getting a
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From: Sharri LaPierre
Date: Tue, 20 Jan 2009 17:49:37 GMT
Subject: [Baren 37966] Re: Woodprints at Ropewalk : North Lincolnshire : UK
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I want to thank Harry for sending the link and information on
Ropewalk, too. I sent it on to a friend of mine who is going to do
much of the same thing with an old Coca Cola factory in Florida. It
will not be as grand as Ropewalk, I'm sure, but it will be of the same
idea. I told her to let me know if she had trip to England planned
and I wood (whoops!) I mean would, introduce her to our friend Harry.

Cheers ~

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Subject: [Seacoast in Winter - 4] : Sky planning
Posted by: Dave Bull

Continued from [Seacoast in Winter - 3] | Starting point of the thread is [Seacoast in Winter]

Carving has been continuing steadily over the past few weeks. I've been doing it by 'zone' - first working on the six blocks that will do the water in the pool, then the four that will delineate the rocks (plenty of overlap between these of course, as part of the rocks under the surface will still be visible ...).

I've kept the blocks for the sky area completely separate. That wasn't completely necessary, as it is going to be a cloudy grey day, and many of those tones could overlap the rock areas, but I wanted to make a mental break as much as a physical one.

As a reminder, here's that photo we saw before, of a summer day (remember, this is not 'the print' - it's just the same general area ...):

Clear blue sky - nothing could be easier. But how to depict a 'stormy' sky? It's not that easy ... Looking through my books of shin-hanga prints I see a few standardized ways of depicting clouds:
- white fluffies against a blue sky. This is the most common, and is dead easy; because white in this type of print is simply raw paper, all you have to do is cut out the areas of cloud.
- varied white/grey clouds in clear sky. This is done the same way, with the addition of . . .
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This item is taken from the blog Woodblock RoundTable.
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Subject: Hanga Exchange 2009
Posted by: LAiNE

Here is a sneak peek at what I'm working on for this year's HGS Moku Hanga exchange in Takayama. I have carved the detail plate which is what is shown below. I have one fill plate that will provide a bit of color to the print. Other than that, I should be good to print soon!

This item is taken from the blog In The Studio.
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Subject: Year of the Ox Postcard Print underway...
Posted by: Mark Mason

I know I'm starting a little late on this small print with the Chinese New Year only a week away, but better late than never.
My Year of the Rat postcard prints sold very well on Etsy throughout most of the year with people buying them as gift cards for babies born last year and for older people who's birthday's fall in previous years of the rat.

My Ox print is a little different from other prints I've produced in that there is no key block, no linework holding the image together. It's closer in style to a lot of images produced by modern woodblock printmakers in the 1960's and 70's and has slight echoes of that period by transforming the ox into a "Spacehopper" (a rubber balloon toy which was very popular during my childhood.)
I never owned one but remember being really disappointed when I had a go on a friend's spacehopper. I'd imagined that you could really bounce on them, that you'd be propelled by the bounce, but in reality you had to do all the work with your legs.
The spacehopper was just a big orange rubber bag of air that was more hinderance than help. Life lesson number 17, age 6.


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Subject: Seal carver to recommend - Harmonyunion
Posted by: Mark Mason

I've just recieved this beautiful seal set, custom made for me by Liwen Deng in China. He has an eBay shop from where he sells his own carved seals and custom designed seals.

I asked if he could carve my name using Kanji (or original Chinese symbols), but he also carves words in other languages (or a mixture of both) as well as images or any other designs. If you can design it, Deng can carve it.

As you can see, the seal is made up of 4 symbols which read phonetically as Mark Mason.
Each word meaning is: Ma--a horse, Ke- overcome, Mei-plum flower, Sen-forest.

I wanted something humourous to reflect my work as a cartoon animator, and a horse overcome by a forest of plum blossoms is quite fun.

What is so good about Deng's service is the quality of the materials he works with and his skill as a carver, added to which, he supplied the seal in a beautiful little case . . .
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Subject: WIP - Large Block Print
Posted by: Amie Roman

This image has been burning a hole in my brain for about a decade (maybe a wee bit longer).

My step-mom took my friend & me to the west coast of Vancouver Island to spend a lovely day puddling around on the beach and in the tidepools near Port Renfrew. A perfect way to spend time, I always think (but then, being amongst marine biologists all my life has kind of made it difficult to think otherwise).

I had originally started a pen and ink sketch years ago, but abandoned it as not being able to hold my interest. Then I was reminded of the image again when I saw Sherrie York's recent post on her blog for her beautiful reduction linocut "High Tide Detritus":

So I thought to myself, "OF COURSE!" a linocut would be a brilliant way to deal with that image. Well, ok, not linocut, because I'm working in MDF lately, so a block print to be more precise. While I love Sherrie's handling of the colours and her reduction, I wanted to make the image even more abstract, so I've decided that for this one, it'll be all about black & white.

I took a little time procrastinating because I didn't have the photo here (such a pain being between two residences where almost all my art crap is with my studio/press, and I'm not there right now!), so I asked Mom to find, scan & email it to me. That took a little doing on her part; did I mention I am between two residences? That means boxes of crap in both places, neither particularly well organized. Well, standing "O" for Mom, she fished out the photo, digitized it in good pixel resolution, and sent it my way.

The next stage was deciding whether to draw onto a piece of paper then transfer that onto the block, draw onto a piece of paper adhered to the block and carve through, or draw on the block directly. The last won out; the MDF is very smooth and delightfully simple to draw directly onto, and it erases very well. I figured there would be just too much margin for goofing up the image if I tried transferring it in any fashion, so direct drawing it was. I feel that I get a bit closer to my pencil via my carving that way, kind of like the way lithography is more autographic: it's the direct result of the drawing tool, rather than being one step removed. Well, this is still the one step removed with the carving tool making the actual print markings, but at least it's a little closer with the drawn image rather than a transferred image.

So I waited a little bit longer until Dave was able to go pick up the MDF from storage (I have a lifetime supply thanks to an auction-savvy relative who obtained a number of large sheets for a construction project that is no longer going forward).

Then I had to decide on a final dimension. I had picked up a 100 pack of kitakata from Daniel Smith last spring, and I thought that would make a lovely support for this image. So not really "white" so much as a natural buff colour. Anyway, Dave very generously not only retrieved the heavy sheets of MDF, he also chopped them up to dimension on the table saw. This block is 16"x20".

I fiddled with the image on GIMP, cropped it to my liking to make the composition a little more intriguing (I hope), then printed it to a scalable dimension. My final image size is 14"x18", so I overlaid the printout with a grid of 1/2" squares, then I drew out a grid using 1" squares on my block.

The setup was finally finished: now onto drawing!

Well, that in itself took the better part of two weekends and a few days after work (when I wasn't too mentally exhausted to do so). One square at a time. That actually made the process much easier, and caused the image to become even more abstracted in my mind, even though it's a fairly good literal representation of the original (GIMPed) image. Here's a slide show of the development of the image:

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