Today's postings

  1. [Baren 33956] Re: Baren Digest (old) V40 #4018 ("Marilynn Smith")
  2. [Baren 33957] info for the quiet baren (Barbara Mason)
  3. [Baren 33958] Re: info for the quiet baren ("Terry Peart")
  4. [Baren 33959] Baren Member blogs: Update Notification (Blog Manager)
  5. [Baren 33960] David Bull Article (Jan Telfer)
  6. [Baren 33961] Re: David Bull Article (Dave Bull)
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Message 1
From: "Marilynn Smith"
Date: Sat, 25 Aug 2007 07:44:32 -0700
Subject: [Baren 33956] Re: Baren Digest (old) V40 #4018
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I may be quiet lately but I am here!!! Since my studio is being gutted, yes
gutted and all my art stuff is piled high in my living room I really am not
printing these days. I have however started an intersting new block that is
a combination of following the wood, sniffing fresh air at the back yard
picnic table and including nuances of my beautiful bay. I did a rubbing of
the progress and am wondering if i should run this as a waterbased print or
an oil based print. Reason being is that I am getting some really
interesting wood grain and I think it might show better using water.
Opinions on that anyone??? Yes indeed what is the best method for showing
off wood grain???

Regarding the air sniffing, wonder if that gives one a high like sniffing
glue???? In reality there are times when it smells rather fishy back there,
we have a lot of sea air fumes about.
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Message 2
From: Barbara Mason
Date: Sat, 25 Aug 2007 09:53:17 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: [Baren 33957] info for the quiet baren
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Good morning baren...
I am just recovering from two weeks of intensive work
with Richard Steiner at a workshop here in Portland at
Marylhurst University sponsored by Print Arts
Northwest and McClains printmaking.
The first week had 17 students, all pretty much
beginners. I was assisting with this class and doing
the food for lunch every day. It went by fast and we
were kept hopping to help everyone. We met some
amazing people and one that stands out was Mimi Fujino
who is executive director of the Drachen foundation in
Seattle She and her associate
Mathew came to the class to learn woodblock so they
can print on paper for making kites. She was a
delightful person and I was very interested in their
work. They have published a book on old prints which
have kites in them, so it is a wealth of woodblock
The second week was a smaller group of 8 and was
listed as an advanced class and included our host from
the last summit, Sharri LaPierre. People came who had
only one first class and some who were very experieced
so it was an uneven group but a lot of fun.
Those of you who came to Kansas city might remember my
5 block print of Multnomah Falls. Dave printed it in
Kansas City for me and to say it looked a lot better
was sure correct. I decided I would print it again at
this class....well amazingly the block looked poorly
carved and the kentos seemed to have moved on
me....guess 5 more years of experience are showing up.
At any rate I was trying 7 types of paper and of
course the real expensive paper worked the
was hard moving from one tyoe of paper to another and
I think I might recarve these blocks now that I know
more. It was a humbling experience doing the
printing...they looked pretty bad after 10 impressions
using the 5 blocks.

However I learned a new trick I want to share with all
of you....
One of the students did a large black and white and
grey print of rocks with a black sky and moon on the
horizon, very strong work.
To print the ground around the rocks, Richard showed
us how to take a terry cloth towel and cut a piece
about 4x6 inches and roll it up and put it in a chip
bag closer clip. You could hold it in your hand but
you would get your hands dirty this chip bag
closer worked very well as a large clip to hold the
fabric. Richard put sumi ink onto a piece of plastic
sheet (plexi-glas in the US, but the generic name is
acrylic) and sprayed water next to it. He also sprayed
the rolled up toweling. Then he dipped the toweling
into the ink and the water and pounced it until it was
even...then transfered the ink to the block using no
paste. He just evenly rubbed the cloth on the block
back and forth like a brush and then printed it. It
gave a very even texture that was pretty amazing...I
was so impressed. I suppose this is an old trick but
it was new to me. He also showed doing a bokashi with
it, fading the ink from dark to light in application
on the block using water and another cloth.
I cannot wait to try I am sure my exchange
34 prints will have this little trick included. #34
is the first one I have done in a year or so as I have
been a lot busier than usual...gosh, I though
retirement meant you could slow down your life.
We all had a wonderful time and I encourage all of you
that are close to any class on woodblock that is
available to go and take learn so much from
everyone, students and instructors alike and it just
fires you up to do more work.
My very best to you all,
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Message 3
From: "Terry Peart"
Date: Sat, 25 Aug 2007 20:23:53 -0700
Subject: [Baren 33958] Re: info for the quiet baren
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Thank you for the wonderful synopsis of the class. It was fun hearing about
it and inspires me to take the next one that comes around. The synergy that
gets going in a good class can keep you 'high' for quite a while....I hope
you enjoy the ride from this one!
West Seattle (no studio, yet....but forms for a foundation)
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Message 4
From: Blog Manager
Date: 26 Aug 2007 03:55:23 -0000
Subject: [Baren 33959] 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. (36 sites checked, five minutes before midnight Eastern time)


Site Name: Woodblock Dreams

Author: Annie B
Item: Back Online


Site Name: m.Lee Fine Art

Author: m.Lee
Item: Saying goodbye to an old friend


Site Name: Belinda Del Pesco Fine Art Blog

Item: Monotype Ghost & Watercolor: Red Wheel Barrel


[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 5
From: Jan Telfer
Date: Sun, 26 Aug 2007 14:08:36 +0800
Subject: [Baren 33960] David Bull Article
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Hi Everyone,

It has been quiet on Baren.... but we don't have any holidays at this
time of year in Aussie - Down Under!

At our monthly Calligraphy meeting yesterday I casually collected three
Bound & Lettered Magazines (Artists' Books, Bookbinding, Papercraft and
Calligraphy) and opened up the first one Volume 5, Number 2, (Published
by John Neal Books) No specific date but a lot of the "deadlines" are
for see that the first three page article on The
Printmaker's Baren written by our very own David Bull........ I smiled
and had a lovely warm feeling!!!

It is a very informative article thanks Dave but it doesn't say you
need two hands, two feet and anything else you can "cadge" to tie the
baren unless you are an 'expert'!

Thank you Dave.

Jan Telfer
Western Australia
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Message 6
From: Dave Bull
Date: Sun, 26 Aug 2007 16:44:45 +0900
Subject: [Baren 33961] Re: David Bull Article
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> ... the first three page article on The Printmaker's Baren
> written by our very own David Bull........ I smiled and had
> a lovely warm feeling!!!


Ummm ... do I remember this?