Today's postings

  1. [Baren 34048] RE: New Baren Digest (Text) V40 #4040 (Sep 15, 2007) (maurice fykes III)
  2. [Baren 34049] Re: New Baren Digest (HTML) V40 #4040 (Sep 15, 2007) (su tamsett)
  3. [Baren 34050] Re: Prints are in the mail... X-32 ("Charlie overshoe")
  4. [Baren 34051] Baren Member blogs: Update Notification (Blog Manager)
  5. [Baren 34052] Re: New Baren Digest (HTML) V40 #4038 (Sep 13, 2007) (lunar_project23 #
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Message 1
From: maurice fykes III
Date: Sat, 15 Sep 2007 16:41:08 +0000
Subject: [Baren 34048] RE: New Baren Digest (Text) V40 #4040 (Sep 15, 2007)
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Thank you so much for all of your hard work. My X-32 prints arrived Yesterday (Friday) up here in Vancouver, Washington. All of the prints are wonderful. My Art 3 students will be delighted to view them next week.

Thank you X-32 members.

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Message 2
From: su tamsett
Date: Sat, 15 Sep 2007 12:13:34 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: [Baren 34049] Re: New Baren Digest (HTML) V40 #4040 (Sep 15, 2007)
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Thank you, thank you, thank you to all the participants of #32. The prints are
beautiful and, for the life of me, I cannot decide which to hang on my walls first.
Of COURSE, I plan to rotate!

Diane, a special thanks to you for all the hard work. I particularly appreciate the
booklet you prepared to accompany the print edition. Since I am a first timer, I did
not realize that text describing the print would be distributed to the participants
so here is a bit about my print for all the other #32 carvers:

My print is based on a photograph of a Hawaiian island taken by my daughter. She has
no clue which mountain she was looking at, so maybe someone will recognize it and
let us know.

The print is an eight block edition, carved on Shina 5-ply, printed on Ise (from
McClain's), and the "inks" are water colors which I made myself from Guerra (of NYC)
pigments and rice paste. It might be best not to hang this print in bright sunshine.
By the way, I could not get the prints to dry flat without wrinkling, so I pulled
out the ironing board and my trusty old iron and played housewive to great success!

I consider this my first "real" woodblock print. I have taken classes over the years
from a number of wood carving printmakers, (Mike Lyon and April Volmer were
standouts) but when outside the classroom, my schedule is so pressed that I have
never completed a woodblock print. However, I have turned out dozens of aquatints,
mezzotints and lithographs while taking classes at the New School and you can see
some of them on the Silvermine Guild website (though the images are a bit

In January of this year I buckled down with a few pieces of Shina and turned out two
four-block 2"x2" mini prints for the Biennial International Miniature Print Show at
the Center for Contemporary Printmaking in Norwalk, CT. The show was juried by the
print curator at the Whitney. I had tried multiple color lithos before and could not
get the litho inks the correct hue and value to satisfy my standards. I was
convinced that I could not do multiple color prints, but the change to watercolor
based "inks", the forgiving nature of layering watercolor and the precise
registration of woodblock made the tiny prints a success. So after completing the
work for that show, I plunged in and signed up for exchange #32 and went bigger.

If any of you are interested in the International Mini Print Show, please contact
Tony Kirk at CCP and ask to be put on the mailing list. This show is becoming pretty
high profile and attracts many gifted printmakers worldwide. This go round one of my
prints made it in and one did not. However, it was still a win/win situation. CCP
has instituted a wonderful policy for the print show: they maintain a book (several
actually) of refusals that is put on display throughout and well after the show. I
sold quite a few prints both off the wall and by way of the book. The public arrives
early en masse for this show and they fight to be first to go through the books.
They buy like there is no tomorrow!

By the way, I am concerned that one participant of #32 may be short my print. I sent
30, 29 went to the exchange participants and one to the museum. However, I received
two back in my package. I cannot contact Diane directly since our e-mail servers are
not on speaking terms. So if someone is short, or the museum package is missing my
print, please use this forum to let me know where to send the additional print.

Best to you all,

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Message 3
From: "Charlie overshoe"
Date: Sat, 15 Sep 2007 12:48:13 -0700
Subject: [Baren 34050] Re: Prints are in the mail... X-32
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Got my prints. Many thanks to you and all the others for this wonderful set of prints.
Barbara P.

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Message 4
From: Blog Manager
Date: 16 Sep 2007 03:55:19 -0000
Subject: [Baren 34051] 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. (37 sites checked, five minutes before midnight Eastern time)


Site Name: VELOPRINT : A Journal of Printmaking and Bicycling

Author: Beezix
Item: News from Belgium


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Message 5
From: lunar_project23 #
Date: Sat, 15 Sep 2007 21:21:12 -0700
Subject: [Baren 34052] Re: New Baren Digest (HTML) V40 #4038 (Sep 13, 2007)
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Hey Viza- No problem- I'm sure Maria will hold a set or two for
latecomers- there were 14 last time I checked, and each sent a set of
23- so she will no doubt wait for yours- good to know they are on the