Today's postings

  1. [Baren 28655] Exchange Print Etiquette (Annie Bissett)
  2. [Baren 28656] Re: Exchange Print Etiquette (Wanda Robertson)
  3. [Baren 28657] Introduction-new member Mindy Wilson ("Mindy Wilson")
  4. [Baren 28658] lurkers and a book (Barbara Mason)
  5. [Baren 28659] Baren Member blogs: Update Notification (Blog Manager)
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Message 1
From: Annie Bissett
Date: Mon, 05 Sep 2005 17:46:41 -0400
Subject: [Baren 28655] Exchange Print Etiquette
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Dear Baren Forum,

Sometime very soon I'll be starting to work on my print for Exchange #26 and
I'd like to document some of my trials and adventures on my blog. I feel
some hesitation, though, because perhaps exchange participants like to be
surprised and would rather not see the prints ahead of time.

Any feedback on this from past participants? I could just save all my
documentation and then post it after the exchange deadline is over if
there's an etiquette involved. Please educate me!

Annie B
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Message 2
From: Wanda Robertson
Date: Mon, 5 Sep 2005 15:31:13 -0700
Subject: [Baren 28656] Re: Exchange Print Etiquette
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Hi Annie,

I don't think there is any set rule for this - if someone wants to be
surprised, then they
should refrain from reading your blog! :-) I like to be surprised,
but in the past when
I saw the print on-line - it was still a different experience from when
I saw it in person. The
exchanges are well worth the time, effort & funds invested in
participating. You will be
glad you did it!

Almost all of the exchanges are posted on the barenforum site. Just go
to the front
page: & then to exchanges.

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Message 3
From: "Mindy Wilson"
Date: Mon, 5 Sep 2005 18:27:37 -0600
Subject: [Baren 28657] Introduction-new member Mindy Wilson
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Greetings, I have recently joined the group and cannot express how excited I
am. My name is Mindy Wilson, I am an illustrator. I have a family of two
children and my perfect husband and I have been married for just over 20
years, living in Montana.

Illustration isn't my full time job, but I spend hours every day working on
illustration projects. Most of my work is whimsical suited for children's
books, greetings and comics. I have only completed a few block prints so far
and they all have been linoleum block prints. I adore the medim. I love
view all types of artwork, by find myself most attracted to woodblock/lino
prints. Recently, I participated in a limited edition book with all the
artwork being this medium. Unknowing during the whole preperation, my
father participated in the book as well. I had no idea he was working on a
print for the book until mine was delivered to me. He is very artistic and
I've been begging him for years to just DO something! So, it was a great
thrill to learn he'd joined the Found: In Japan project. This was the first
time I'd every worked on this type of group effort. What a blast. I was
glad to only see a sneak peek of a few of the artist's work as we worked on
the prints. However, just the same. One woman gave a total turtorial of
her creation and I was so glad she did. Not only did this give me a
practical lesson, scare me to death into thinking I couldn't possibly work
along such talented artists, it gave me something to look forward to after I
got past my fears! the information is listed on my
blog here if anyone is interested. I believe this
is the direct link.

It looks like I just missed your recent sign up for the next exchange, but
perhaps I will try the swap first. My work is so primative, but my desire
is very high. I need a lot of practice and want to try it all!

I have so enjoyed viewing everyone's art. It has just been a treat!
Mindy Wilson
SCBWI Member sample images of many genres
Voted in top ten artist's watch favorites of 2003
Author of In a Parrot's Shoes illustrated by Ed Woodward III
Illustrator for The Halloween Tree written by Tina Roark
found here: under the children's section.
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Message 4
From: Barbara Mason
Date: Mon, 5 Sep 2005 19:38:09 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: [Baren 28658] lurkers and a book
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Hi all,
I was doing my yearly art ecucation Labor Day festival, making fish prints with kids and then doing demo prints for Print Arts Northwest this past holiday weekend. I ran into an old friend who said, "I read the baren every day and love it!" I was suprised, not because she reads the baren, she is a printmaker, but because I forget there are so many of us on this list. I admit I "listened" for about 6 months before I first posted, that was when the baren was only a year or so old and the list was a lot smaller. I have been blabbing away ever since, some useful but most just stuff. It feels like just a group of friends together in my kitchen....but guess that is just in my mind!

We have talked about woodblock so much that the processes have been exhausted by us "old timers" but that does not mean we do not want to see what everyone is doing, and it does not have to be woodblock. If anyone is having trouble we will gladly help! We have a lot of expertise. I am always interested in everyone, their art that is not woodblock as well as the art that is. We have a tremendous amount of talent on this list, lots of new artists excited about learning what we can share and lots of long timers. So I guess this post is to encourage you lurkers to introduce is not a life time committment. So welcome to baren everyone and don't be afraid to post an intro. We will have you doing a moku hanga print yet!

On another note I bought the book Maria mentioned on the list about woodcut process..."The Woodcut Artist's Handbook" by George A Walker. George lives in Toronto, so close to a few baren members. The book is very informative and I am enjoying it thoroughly. It is a well done book that really covers engraving in great detail, but a lot of the same info applies to plank carving. The use of tools, the paper, the balance of dark and light. It is primarily a text for black and white work, but there is a section near the back that demonstrates a reduction print and a 4 color plate. It is written for oil based ink, but we all know that can be adapted. I think this is a book you might all like to have in your library, I certainly gained a bit of knowledge reading it. The historical section is very good and many artist's works are represented, more than half the artists are still alive, so that says something in itself. I bought it from George as I like to support artists, but I admit
is is a
little cheaper on Amazon...but maybe with shipping it is a wash. I never heard of some of these online stores so one day I will go look, when I get done with my block for #27.
Best to all,

Here is George's post to me about buying the book:
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Message 5
From: Blog Manager
Date: 6 Sep 2005 03:55:02 -0000
Subject: [Baren 28659] Baren Member blogs: Update Notification
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This is an automatic update message being sent to [Baren] by the forum blog software.

The following new entries were found on the listed printmaker's websites during the past 24 hours. (8 sites checked, just before midnight Eastern time)


Site Name: BarenForum Group Weblog

Author: Ellen Shipley
Item: The Bookkeeper


Site Name: Woodblock Dreams

Author: Annie B
Item: Japanese Washi


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