Today's postings

  1. [Baren 29542] year of the dog (brad robinson)
  2. [Baren 29543] Re: year of the dog (Barbara Mason)
  3. [Baren 29544] Hello to you all! ("robert")
  4. [Baren 29545] Re: Baren Digest (old) V33 #3296 ("Marilynn Smith")
  5. [Baren 29546] Re: year of the dog (Wanda Robertson)
  6. [Baren 29547] Re: Baren Digest (old) V33 #3294 (Marissa)
  7. [Baren 29548] How I got into Relief Printing... (AGott26909 #
  8. [Baren 29549] Baren Member blogs: Update Notification (Blog Manager)
  9. [Baren 29550] How did you discover woodblock printmakng? ("Jean Womack")
  10. [Baren 29551] Re: How did you discover woodblock printmakng? (Barbara Mason)
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Message 1
From: brad robinson
Date: Tue, 13 Dec 2005 09:09:22 -0800 (PST)
Subject: [Baren 29542] year of the dog
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is it traditional to actually send out the prints as postcards or in and envelope? if they need to be mailed as postcards i'll need to use a little heavier paper... anybody have the answer? thanks. brad
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Message 2
From: Barbara Mason
Date: Tue, 13 Dec 2005 09:32:05 -0800 (PST)
Subject: [Baren 29543] Re: year of the dog
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Either one is fine....I send envelopes as I hate for the image to get damaged, but lots of people feel that is part of a it is your choice.
Best to you,
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Message 3
From: "robert"
Date: Tue, 13 Dec 2005 17:51:16 +0000
Subject: [Baren 29544] Hello to you all!
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Just wanted to let you all know that I have added a guestbook to the printmakers of the world site! So, hopfully we will have some worldwide comments and suggestions that everyone can look at and follow.
Cheers, rob
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Message 4
From: "Marilynn Smith"
Date: Tue, 13 Dec 2005 09:51:09 -0800
Subject: [Baren 29545] Re: Baren Digest (old) V33 #3296
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A few words about traveling and working where you land I became a
watercolor painter partly because we were always between either our place on
the coast, our boat or our house in the city. It could go where I go. Now
it is Mexico and here. Small space require small things. I think you
become what you are at leaast partly by necessity. I usually work small
when I carve, because I move around and cart stuff with me. At the summit
some saw the small carving bench hook my husband had made for me, it is
probaly 6x7 or 8 inches and fits into a side pocket of my print making
travel bag. My bag is about 10x12 inches, maybe a little more. Inside I
can carry small blocks, my Baren, powdered pigments, carving tools, a brush,
a few small plastic containers, even a small glass dish. I can stuff the
inside and outside pockets quite full and it has a long carrying handle that
fits over the shoulder. Soo first find a good bag that is small in size
with compartments that work for carrying your suppplies. Than remember that
you do not have to fill a huge piece of paper to create work. You can place
it neatly centeted on the size the exchange requests if you are doing
something that must fit into one of the folders. Usually I just do
exchanges that fit my time and desire not to work really large. If you work
small you do not need those large chisels, so just take the ones that fit
your needs. You do not need the larger Hanga brushes either, order smaller
ones. I do use both sizes and yes they too fit into my carrying case. My
disc Baren and my leather strop also fit into my case. I can sharpen as I
go and if I need to do a better job that can be done later when I have more
space. As for paper, well small pieces can slip into the outside pocket of
my case. I have carved on the boat, in motel rooms, outside in the spaces
near to motel rooms, on a small balcony at our condo, by the pool, outside
the door in the hallway.If you want to work you can, just find a small
corner and go for it! You might attract a bit of attention, but usually I
am so intent on what I am doing that people tip toe by and leave me to
With that said,I have no excuse not to just go get my stuff and find a space
to carve in! Except ooops I have Christmas cookies to make.

Reading how each of us got into this woodcarving stuff is eye opening. I
finally realize that we evlove as we go and to stay in one place with our
art can make us stagnant. Thank you Baren.
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Message 5
From: Wanda Robertson
Date: Tue, 13 Dec 2005 11:00:46 -0800
Subject: [Baren 29546] Re: year of the dog
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Either way is fine, Brad. I like to send mine in envelopes - but many
people send them as post cards & I'm sure the postal workers enjoy
seeing them. Or the machinery that sorts the mail!

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Message 6
From: Marissa
Date: Tue, 13 Dec 2005 15:40:06 -0500
Subject: [Baren 29547] Re: Baren Digest (old) V33 #3294
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"Right now I am very excited by the sharing of work some of our newer
members have done. One in pattricular has caught my eye. A multi
block print that is not so tied to
exact registration, something I can do more easily with my free form
approach to this art."

I think you are referring to my work. Thank you. I don't have much
patience for registration and traditional editions.

Thank you and everybody who has shared their story here, I really
enjoyed reading them.
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Message 7
From: AGott26909 #
Date: Tue, 13 Dec 2005 16:42:09 EST
Subject: [Baren 29548] How I got into Relief Printing...
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I got interested in Relief printing in kind of an odd way. I have always
been interested in many forms of art, but really had no time for it through most
of high school or college, and upon graduation I went right to 'sea', as a
merchant marine officer, and I never really found myself getting around to
making art of any kind.
One sleepless night about two years ago, I was browsing E-Bay of all
places, and I ran across a self-representing artist that was selling linocuts
there. I liked them- and bought a few. Once they arrived, I REALLY liked them,
and decided to try my hand at it. It was an awakening of sorts- I realized
how much I missed creating art, and started doing just that!
I started out with pretty crude linocuts, and evolved from there. I am
self taught, and have found the information on this forum and others like it
to be invaluable in my development as a printmaker. Browsing the sites of the
many talented printmakers that make up this forum has also provided me with
endless inspiration, and is directly responsible for me having to replace 2-3
computer keyboards that were destroyed by drool...
I have been slowly increasing the level of difficulty in my work- trying
new things as I go along. I just ordered the Moku-Hanga DVD, and after being
encouraged by several forum participants, I am going to give that a shot,

And Sherri-

Traveling with my art supplies can be, um, fun.... Especially with the
latest TSA regs- But I still manage to do it MOST of the time. Now, I haven't
tried to bring an 18 x 24 with me yet, but I keep it small, and get by
fine... I have carved DOZENS of blocks out here, so many, in fact, that I have a
terrible backlog in the studio of blocks that haven't even seen ink yet!! But,
I find art to be a great way to pass those long hours on board the ship...
It's either that or watch TV....

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Message 8
From: Blog Manager
Date: 14 Dec 2005 04:55:07 -0000
Subject: [Baren 29549] 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. (12 sites checked, just before midnight Eastern time)


Site Name: Woodblock Dreams

Author: Annie B
Item: Those Pesky Fibers


Site Name: Wood Engraver

Author: Andy English
Item: Music Became Stone, Wood and Glass


Site Name: m.Lee Prints

Author: m.Lee
Item: After adding two more layers to some of those tiny...


[Baren] members: if you have a printmaking blog (or a website with a published ATOM feed), and wish it to be included in this daily checklist, please write to the Baren Blog Manager at:
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Message 9
From: "Jean Womack"
Date: Tue, 13 Dec 2005 23:43:15 -0800
Subject: [Baren 29550] How did you discover woodblock printmakng?
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[Baren] Daily DigestThanks for reminding me of those early days on Baren, Julio. After completing my printmaking requirements, I began going through the Conceptual Design course at San Francisco State U, which was taught by Steve Wilson. I had seen the early version of Windows and was determined that I was going to have a web site. I had to take several courses before we actually began to write html. Most of the other students were programmers already and just branching out into art. I think some were already working at places like Macromedia. I think my own web site was one of the first on the web on printmaking. Then I began designing a web site for the California Society of Printmakers and was wondering what would happen if one of our members wanted to put a print of a nude on it. The CSP had a policy of no censorship of exhibitions (which wasn't always followed). Luckily the LA county Museum of Art beat us all to the punch and put up a web exhibition of prints from the Bible and many of them were nudes. So they were taking a stand on behalf of art and artists which we all greatly appreciated. Bill Clinton also took a stand on no censorship of the web, which created terrible problems for educators and parents, but helped the artists out quite a bit.

And then one night around 2 am I was still fiddling around with the Windows program and the html and I think I sent a message to Steve Goddard at Univ. Kansas Spencer Museum of Art and I was amazed that he sent me back a message right away. It was around 2 or 3 am here so it must have been 5 am his time. And I sent one back to him asking what are you doing awake at this time of the night? We were all so excited about the new technology that we were working on it night and day, I guess. He had just created the web site for the Spencer Museum of Art. I met him later at a Southern Graphics council meeting. Then I met Dave Bull online and Graham Scholes and there was also someone called Ray, I think. I wonder what happened to Ray. We all started Baren, but mostly Dave. It was his web site. Then Josephine Severn had a disagreement with Graham, I think, and spun off her own print exchange called Print Australia. Then Barbara Mason organized Baren into a non-profit. It has been a very exciting time. Also I think the Baren Mall has been a wonderful addition to the whole thing and Barbara is very smart to do it.

Jean Womack
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Message 10
From: Barbara Mason
Date: Wed, 14 Dec 2005 00:06:00 -0800 (PST)
Subject: [Baren 29551] Re: How did you discover woodblock printmakng?
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You are giving me lots of credit for stuff I did not do....I am only managing the mall, Dave did all the creation of the mall and the whole council worked on the non profit thing. We hope to actually have it this year and very soon...but I thougt this before so one never knows. As far as I know Ray is still around, retired and living in Texas.

I agree it is an exciting time to be a much happening in the way of totally non-toxic materials. Of course moku hanga is the original non-toxic process...I wish I had discovered it when I was younger, I would sure be a better carver by now.
Best to all,