Today's postings

  1. [Baren 33153] Re: Mix of Eas/West inkingTechniques (Annie Bissett)
  2. [Baren 33154] Re: Mix of Eas/West inkingTechniques (L Cass)
  3. [Baren 33155] Re: New Baren Digest (HTML) V39 #3865 (Apr 14, 2007) (CJChapel)
  4. [Baren 33156] Re: Exchange 30 to be exhibited in PR (Diane Cutter)
  5. [Baren 33157] Re: Mix of Eas/West inkingTechniques ("Mark Mason")
  6. [Baren 33158] help for Baren (Barbara Mason)
  7. [Baren 33159] Baren Member blogs: Update Notification (Blog Manager)
  8. [Baren 33160] Re: help for Baren (David Harrison)
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Message 1
From: Annie Bissett
Date: Sat, 14 Apr 2007 09:24:40 -0400
Subject: [Baren 33153] Re: Mix of Eas/West inkingTechniques
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Hi Victor,

Welcome! You're correct that in the Japanese method of moku hanga the
ink catches on the edges of the cut areas. It's more than that, in
fact -- the ink gets spread all over the block. No attempt is made to
keep it only on the raised surfaces. Here are a couple of links to
videos that show the Japanese technique in action: (Matt Brown
demonstration) (Keiji
Shinohara demonstration)

When mixing the two methods, I would think one should do the water-
based colors (goauche) first and the oil second, unless you want to
utilize the water-resistant properties of the oil to achieve some
kind of effect. I haven't mixed the two myself...

Annie B
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Message 2
From: L Cass
Date: Sat, 14 Apr 2007 10:07:24 -0400
Subject: [Baren 33154] Re: Mix of Eas/West inkingTechniques
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Hello Victor -
re mixing Western and Japanese - after years of western style prints
and learning moku hanga last year I'm really enjoying mixing the two
-with enough
success for my needs -the colour blocks are moku hanga (done first as
Annie suggests) and I'm overprinting (black) line with Graphic Chemical water
based inks which have the consistency and toughness of oily inks (I
used to add hand colouring successfully with these inks) and like the
ease of clean up and feel they're compatible with the rice paste and
watercolour pigments used for the moku hanga
Sorry my website is temporarily down but you can see some of my
prints in Baren exchanges (#14, #21, #26 and the calendar as well as the
Chinese New Year's cards for Boar, Dog, Rooster, Monkey and Sheep -
the newer prints with mixed techniques aren't up yet)

Louise Cass
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Message 3
From: CJChapel
Date: Sat, 14 Apr 2007 08:08:51 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: [Baren 33155] Re: New Baren Digest (HTML) V39 #3865 (Apr 14, 2007)
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That is such good news about your exhibit. When is it
going to be?

you are invited to visit has my Life Drawing Sketchbook
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Message 4
From: Diane Cutter
Date: Sat, 14 Apr 2007 09:28:33 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: [Baren 33156] Re: Exchange 30 to be exhibited in PR
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Thank you, David...

Also to you, too, Carol. In answer to your question in the other post, Carol, the exhibition will be up for 3 months, starting the last week of May through the end of August. It's wonderful to have the blessing of the art center. I'm so excited about putting this together, I'm literally going in circles from room to room.

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Message 5
From: "Mark Mason"
Date: Sat, 14 Apr 2007 19:05:52 +0100
Subject: [Baren 33157] Re: Mix of Eas/West inkingTechniques
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Hi Victor,

I'm very new to woodblock printing, with no prior printing experience, but with illustration experience with gouache and watercolour, which is why the Japanese style of printing appealed to me.

The best video information on the whole of the web is at (I hope this link works)

There are a whole host of flash videos showing carving, and more importantly for yourself inking up of the blocks. The site is a mine of information; you can learn so much from just watching someone work. The main thing I picked up on was how little paint was used, but it's distributed over the block using the brushes and rice paste. The brushes are much stiffer than artists paintbrushes, so it's more like polishing or buffing the block with the paint rather than daubing it on.

I hope this helps you as much as it helped me.

Kind regards,

Mark Mason.

PS to all: I'm dithering about taking the plunge on entering Exchange 33, any words of encouragment would be more than welcome.
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Message 6
From: Barbara Mason
Date: Sat, 14 Apr 2007 17:58:42 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: [Baren 33158] help for Baren
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Good moring or afternoon or evening...depending on where you are.

The baren council is recruiting helpers.

The council came about when 5 years ago Dave Bull realized the baren had grown to the point it was taking over his life to keep it up and running every day. He asked the first 4 or 5 people who were the exchange coordinators if they would help..thus Wanda Robertson became the moderator, Maria Arango started the newsletter, Barensuji, later taken over by Julio Rodriguez took over the newsletter and later back to Maria, Barbara Mason became treasurer and later mall manager, Jim Mundie took over the swap shop and Mike Lyon took over as coordinator of coordinators for the exchanges and Gayle Wholken became archivist of the list messages (which she does every day 365 days a year) Julio now handles the postcard exchanges with help from Carol Baker.
Dave Bull is still available for guidance and we do depend on him for this, he is like a treasured uncle that we all go to for advise.

The reality is we could use some new help. Bridget Pilip has been assisting with the mall as have Mary Kuster (paper archivist and handler) and Darrell Madis (portfolio storage and shipping). Bridget is moving and her computer is going into storage for the foreseeable future so this leaves the mall with no assistant. Help is needed here. This job is the ordering of the items from our several suppliers in needs to be done timely and as the job involves handling the visa stuff, needs to be an honest person with maybe a reference or two. This is a responsible job but in reality takes only a few minutes a day.

The council has been quiet lately as has the Baren list...I don't know if we have said it all or we are just busy with our lives. The Baren list is a true phenomenon, almost 400 people interested in relief printmaking who have organized the most civil art list on the internet. Absolutely no flaming of any kind is allowed and we try to stick to topic although all of us have slid a bit at one time or another. We truly seem to care about each other and have great respect for the work, both of inexperienced and experienced printmakers. We all want to help one another do a better job technically and grow as artists. The opportunities that happen because of this list are amazing, work exhibited in Italy, Puerto Rico and actually all over the world.

We need some help as we have a bit of burn out....there are so many new people on the list in the last couple of years I am sure there are those who might be interested in stepping up to the plate to work with us. We would like to revive the newletter which has slid into obscurity due to Maria's need to actually sell her work and make a living at time during an art festival to write a newsletter so it gets put in the to-do one day soon file, we all have those.

Let's keep it going strong...if you want to help let us know, write off list to any of the council people, we will be delighted to hear from you.

Our most immediate need is with the mall; I will be especially glad to find an assistant for the mall. I have gone back to work full time as the Executive Director of a small art organization in Portland OR, Print Arts Northwest. I was busy before, now I am so beyond busy I am meeting myself coming around the I would love to have help and I think it should be someone who it not already giving their time. I do not want to ask anyone on the council to do more so lets get some new people involved!

Any volunteers? Any ideas?

My best to you all,
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Message 7
From: Blog Manager
Date: 15 Apr 2007 03:55:11 -0000
Subject: [Baren 33159] 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. (32 sites checked, five minutes before midnight Eastern time)


Site Name: pressing-issues

Author: Ellen Shipley
Item: Rock4


Site Name: VIZArt

Author: Viza Arlington
Item: Hand Pulled Prints International XIII


[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 8
From: David Harrison
Date: Sun, 15 Apr 2007 12:20:34 +0100
Subject: [Baren 33160] Re: help for Baren
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Hi Barbara,

I could help with anything that doesn't rely on me being in the US. The
visa stuff except when I'm on vacation (twice a year tops) or any
computer-related things you might need done.

I have a few webby ideas as well. However the council made some very
sensible points on that that I'd have to take into account before making
any concrete suggestions.

all the best,