Today's postings

  1. [Baren 34213] Re: Woodblock prints at Primitive in Chicago (Peter Kocak)
  2. [Baren 34214] Karen Kunc and IMPACT 5 ("April Vollmer")
  3. [Baren 34215] Advice on Linoleum Needed (Elizabeth Busey)
  4. [Baren 34216] Re: Advice on Linoleum Needed (aqua4tis #
  5. [Baren 34217] Re: Advice on Linoleum Needed ( slinders #
  6. [Baren 34218] Baren Member blogs: Update Notification (Blog Manager)
  7. [Baren 34219] Re: Fall 2007 Exchange ("Ellen Shipley")
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Message 1
From: Peter Kocak
Date: Sun, 7 Oct 2007 07:23:42 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: [Baren 34213] Re: Woodblock prints at Primitive in Chicago
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ough, super well very nice Shari, many thanks!
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Message 2
From: "April Vollmer"
Date: Sun, 7 Oct 2007 16:46:31 -0400
Subject: [Baren 34214] Karen Kunc and IMPACT 5
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I have not posted lately, but wanted to say hello again! I went to a great
lecture at the National Academy of Fine Arts last week by Karen Kunc, a
woodblock artist many of you may know. Carol Lyons was in the audience, too,
small world! Karen is in New York for two months working on a project at the
Academy printshop. She teaches at University of Nebraska, Lincoln, and is an
influential promoter of woodblock printing. She attended the Nagasawa Art
Park Program in 2003.

We chatted about the woodblock world and about Mike Lyon and his prints,
which we both saw at Southern Graphics Council, Kansas City. We are both
fans! Karen had a large retrospective during that meeting.

Also, I will go to the IMPACT 5 conference in Tallinn, Estonia next week! I
will present a print in a portfolio by ten woodblock artists. The reception
is on Friday, October 19, 2007, at the Deco Gallery. My friend Nel Pak will
give a talk about the genesis of the prints in our work with Japanese
woodblock. I will post photos on my website when I return!

CLASS: December 6 to 9, 2007 I will teach a 4 day workshop at The Center for
Contemporary Printmaking in Mathew Park, 299 West Ave, Norwalk, CT 06850
(Phone: 203-899-7999 email: This is a great place,
if anyone is interested in a class in CT!

Best wishes from New York,

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Message 3
From: Elizabeth Busey
Date: Sun, 7 Oct 2007 16:53:47 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: [Baren 34215] Advice on Linoleum Needed
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I need some advice on linoleum. I am turning forty
this month, and my husband has just finished building
me an etching press out of mostly recycled steel. To
celebrate both happenings, I am having a birthday
printing party -- where friends will come and carve a
small block, and I will then put them all together for
a birthday collaborative print!

I usually use wood for my prints, but thought that
linoleum might be easier for people who have never
carved before. I'm wondering what type people would
recommend -- Daniel Smith, for example, sells Gold
Cut, brown and gray. I think I'd have to purchase it
unmounted to keep costs down. Do people have any

Also, is it OK to use woodcut tools for lino?


Elizabeth Busey
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Message 4
From: aqua4tis #
Date: Sun, 07 Oct 2007 21:13:15 -0400
Subject: [Baren 34216] Re: Advice on Linoleum Needed
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~ happy birthday!? unmounted linoleum is easier to put through an etching press. the grey lino is kind of stiff but works the best i think. it helps to heat it up a bit so its easier to cut. i had my students sit on theirs for awhile. you can also use an iron or a hot plate to warm them up. they should be warm? not hot
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Message 5
From: slinders #
Date: Sun, 07 Oct 2007 21:02:33 -0500
Subject: [Baren 34217] Re: Advice on Linoleum Needed
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What a fun party! Happy Birthday! Congratulations on your new

If your etching press opens to type high (which is about the
height of a mounted lino block) it will work fine for mounted

I'd suggest getting blocks of mounted linoleum, myself, for
several reasons!

If your friends are new to cutting a linoleum block, providing
them with a mounted block will give them a better way to hold on
to the block without cutting themselves. This can be a
dangerous business, and it would be great if they had something
like a bench hook to further keep finger-bits safe from sharp
knives and tools.

If you're going to print them all together, I can't think of a
way to 'hold' all of those pieces of unmounted lino to ink and
print them unless you use a base and something like double stick
rug tape. (They always seem a bit curvy from remembering when
they were in a roll!)

But you could use furniture and quoins in a big chase to hold
the mounted pieces together in a unit to ink them and print them
as one! (Or your husband might cut a frame to hold them, if you
had nine 3" squares or such! Even one of those giant rubber
bands could work!)

I agree with georga that you can warm blocks and they'll carve
more easily. Especially older linoleum becomes stiff and chippy
with age. You'll want to try to get some from a fresh batch.
(I used to warm mine overnight over the part of my stove with a
pilot light. New stove, -no pilot light!)

I buy and use the grey stuff from Dick Blick. You can get small
squares or rectangles for not too much money, and they have
price breaks if you're buying 6 of each. You can save even more
if you're buying 12 or more!

You can use your woodblock tools on lino, but some folks think
that it dulls them quickly.

Have a great party!

Best wishes,
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Message 6
From: Blog Manager
Date: 8 Oct 2007 03:55:28 -0000
Subject: [Baren 34218] 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. (38 sites checked, five minutes before midnight Eastern time)


Site Name: pressing-issues

Author: Ellen Shipley
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Message 7
From: "Ellen Shipley"
Date: Sun, 7 Oct 2007 21:04:05 -0700
Subject: [Baren 34219] Re: Fall 2007 Exchange
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I offered to sign up for this exchange but I never heard from anyone.

Am I in this exchange or not? 8-]

Ellen Shipley

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