Today's postings

  1. [Baren 29405] Introduction ("Jennifer Worsley")
  2. [Baren 29406] Re: Baren Digest (old) V33 #3281 ("Marilynn Smith")
  3. [Baren 29407] Re: Baren Digest (old) V33 #3282 ("Marilynn Smith")
  4. [Baren 29408] visiting ("Jean Womack")
  5. [Baren 29409] Re: Wood question for Mike (Bette Norcross Wappner)
  6. [Baren 29410] Baren Member blogs: Update Notification (Blog Manager)
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Message 1
From: "Jennifer Worsley"
Date: Sun, 04 Dec 2005 09:42:25 -0700
Subject: [Baren 29405] Introduction
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Hello everyone--
I wanted to introduce myself and respond to those discussing a switch to
woodblock printmaking from another art form.

I have worked in pastel for several years, mostly landscapes done on site.
My approach to this is quick and spontaneous. However, I have been
fascinated by woodblock prints as well, partly because they require such a
different way of thinking to create an image. After seeing images on the
web of some amazing and inspiring woodcut landscapes by Matt Brown, Tom
Kristensen and Paul Binnie, I really wanted to learn about moku hanga in

I have taken a couple of classes in woodblock printmaking (not specifically
hanga), but mostly the results have led to frustration. I finally perused
the Baren website in detail, and with all the wonderful information on it,
am having success. I would love to take a class in moku hanga but the
Baren website has pointed me in the right direction. After quite a few
failures, I am excited about my recent prints!

I am intrigued to hear how others have moved to woodcut from another medium.
I am very excited about hanga right now, but I don't want to give up
pastel. However, I agree with what others have said--a completely different
mindset is involved with a different medium. After focusing on prints for
two months, I am not in "pastel mode" anymore--the mode where I head out
whenever the weather is good to look for landscapes. It feels strange to be
in a different mindset after years of working with pastels.

I am hoping, however, to continue working in both mediums. I would like to
concentrate this winter on woodblock prints, and go back to pastel when the
weather warms up--hopefully with a fresh, different outlook.

I am sorry I can not show any images of my prints yet. I'm sure reactions
from people on this forum would be incredibly valuable to me, so I will post
images on my website as soon as I can. I still use an old film camera and a
scanner, the slow website does show my pastel work, if anyone is
interested. It is

Thanks for the wonderful discussion!
Jennifer Worsley
Salt Lake City, Utah
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Message 2
From: "Marilynn Smith"
Date: Sun, 4 Dec 2005 09:09:20 -0800
Subject: [Baren 29406] Re: Baren Digest (old) V33 #3281
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I realize the question about wood to use for Hanga was addressed to Mike.
But i can add a few:

Myrtle wood- carves very well, fairly easy. not as soft as basswood but wil
give you nice fine lines.

Black walnut- harder wood. I liked it, keep your tools sharp. not a
pronounced grain when printed

Maple- I have not printed it yet as I can hardly get my studio door open
because the husband has piled everything in there while he sheet rocks our
walls in the kitchen and living room spaces.(thank goodness I do nto have to
live in this house dring this mess) But it sure carved nicely with my u
guage. It has fiddle back in it so I am interested to see if that prints as
a grain. Again fairly hard, keep those tools sharp!
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Message 3
From: "Marilynn Smith"
Date: Sun, 4 Dec 2005 09:19:11 -0800
Subject: [Baren 29407] Re: Baren Digest (old) V33 #3282
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I too became obsessed with this printmaking stuff. Also a painter, gosh I
hope I have not lost too much staying away from it. But hey I went back to
the sewing machine and it was still there! Now I can not do any art work
because my studio is jammed with all this stuff, will I loose all my ability
to create art? I think not, I have found that one type of work changes the
other as I learn and grow. I find out more about me and my approaches to
artwork. How I create, my personal style and way of doing things. Just
relax and it is all there I am certain of that Carol! You might loose a bit
of technique becaue you have otgrown it to be creative elsewhere but that
ability to paint is still there. And I am betting that because you have
moved into printmaking that what you have learned by doing it wll enhance
rather than take away from your painting.
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Message 4
From: "Jean Womack"
Date: Sun, 4 Dec 2005 13:07:21 -0800
Subject: [Baren 29408] visiting
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I anticipate that Howard and I will be traveling to the LA-San Diego area between Christmas and New Years. We haven't firmed up our travel plans yet. I am still negotiating with my hubby about it. Are there any printmakers down there who would like a drop-in visit? I'd love to meet you and see your studio.

Jean Womack
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Message 5
From: Bette Norcross Wappner
Date: Sun, 4 Dec 2005 16:58:54 -0500
Subject: [Baren 29409] Re: Wood question for Mike
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Thanks, Mike for listing all the woods you use and for also telling us
which wood you used for certain prints. Its very helpful.

Thanks also to Marilynn Smith for listing some other woods she's used,

Bette Wappner
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Message 6
From: Blog Manager
Date: 5 Dec 2005 04:55:04 -0000
Subject: [Baren 29410] 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. (11 sites checked, just before midnight Eastern time)


Site Name: Woodblock Dreams

Author: Annie B
Item: Reduction Block


Site Name: Perfect Press

Author: Bill
Item: How to Make A Mini Halfwood


Site Name: Mike Lyon's Moku Hanga

Author: Mike Lyon
Item: Sliding Humidor nears completion...


Site Name: m.Lee Prints

Author: m.Lee
Item: I finished some prints that are a lot like the las...


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