Today's postings

  1. [Baren 31610] Photos of Baren Summit participants (Wanda Robertson)
  2. [Baren 31611] FAQs about The Cairn ("Maria Arango")
  3. [Baren 31612] Baren Member blogs: Update Notification (Blog Manager)
  4. [Baren 31613] Thanks for the help (Rebecca Brame)
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Message 1
From: Wanda Robertson
Date: Thu, 24 Aug 2006 19:58:59 -0700
Subject: [Baren 31610] Photos of Baren Summit participants
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Hi Everyone,

I just put up the photos & names of the Summit II participants on the

See Baren Blogs entry below.

Such pretty people!

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Message 2
From: "Maria Arango"
Date: Thu, 24 Aug 2006 20:41:50 -0700
Subject: [Baren 31611] FAQs about The Cairn
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I'm happy to hear that all the blocks are making their way over to their
rightful owners!
Seems even the seas and winds have been good to the transoceanic sailors as
some have already arrived down under. Thank you all for letting me know that
you received it.

I'm happy also to report ALL my blocks seem to be just perfect for their
owners. I carefully chose each block shape to match the personality of each
of the 79 participants--okay, that's a bunch of bunk! Complete random
selection, really, but I'm glad that everyone is being nice and "telling" me
that their blocks are absolutely the perfect shape for them. I need all the
encouragement I can get!
Only kidding, of course.

Many of you have written me privately and I try to answer everyone but since
some of the questions are asked more frequently...well, I've developed a
list of FAQs for the Cairn project as chances are someone else out there,
much to shy to approach, must be pondering the same query. To wit...or not
to wit...that is the question!
(These will also be posted on the website sooner rather than later, although
not immediately).


Q1. Can I proof my block?
A. Yes, blocks can be proofed. Feel free to proof with water based, oil
based or any other material other than road tar, as I need the block
perfectly CLEAN returned to me. Sorry, I didn't mean to raise my voice when
I said CLEAN. Try to avoid submerging the block in the dish water for
prolonged periods of time as that will probably warp it--Translation: clean
with minimum of flowing liquids so as to not disturb the height of the block
by expanding and shrinking.

Q2. Do I have to consider the overall design?
A. Nope, your block is yours to do with as you wish. Think of the project as
a collage, not an overall design for you to fit to. The beauty of these
puzzles is that everyone does their own thing and the overall design brings
all the pieces together, much like a collage. Don't worry about your

Q3. Does the arrow mean anything important?
A. The drawn arrow on the back of your block points to the sky above the
cairn. You may toss your rock to land whichever way you want it, even upside
down. I think different orientations of the pieces will lend interest to the
cairn. So if you got a vertically oriented block and you have the perfect
horizontal design, go for it.

Q4. I've only cut linoleum or wimpy woods like shina before, what can I do
to make my block easier to carve?
A. Give your block a light coating of mineral (baby oil) or linseed oil.
Listen to the wood go: glu glu glu, aaaahhhhh...then proceed with carving.
Your knives will glide into the cherrywood like skaters on ice, or something
like that. (No more wine for me before posting, I promise).

So far that's about all the questions that more than one of you have asked.

Enjoy the ride! Thanks for playing everyone.
:-) Maria

Maria Arango
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Message 3
From: Blog Manager
Date: 25 Aug 2006 03:55:07 -0000
Subject: [Baren 31612] 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. (23 sites checked, five minutes before midnight Eastern time)


Site Name: BarenForum Group Weblog

Author: summit
Item: Portraits of Baren Summit Participants


Site Name: m.Lee Fine Art

Author: m.Lee
Item: Breakthrough!

Author: m.Lee
Item: Printing Cold Feet


Site Name: Belinda Del Pesco Fine Art Blog

Author: bdelpesco
Item: Ranunculus

Author: bdelpesco
Item: A Painting a Day x2 - Painting on the Patio


Site Name: Amy Stoner's Fine Art Blog

Author: Amy Stoner
Item: Handmade Bazaar

Author: Amy Stoner
Item: Of Self-sufficiency and trees


[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:

For reference, sites/blogs currently being checked are:
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Message 4
From: Rebecca Brame
Date: Fri, 25 Aug 2006 08:37:38 -0400
Subject: [Baren 31613] Thanks for the help
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Thanks for your warm welcome and the compliments on my work.
I really appreciate all your suggestions- I'm working towards a show
I have in November and am getting frantic.
I used Graphic Chemicals oil based ink- maybe I'll give their
waterbased ink a shot.
Julio- I haven't ever used paste and am very excited to find out more
about it and try it out.
Barbara, thats a scary thought about it possibly being my press!
Especially since it has been moved recently. I use a Whelan press
which is one where the roller assembly moves and the bed stays still.
My blocks take up most of the press bed and the speckling is uniform,
but I won't rule it out.