Today's postings

  1. [Baren 34401] Re: Hand printing (ArtfulCarol #
  2. [Baren 34402] Thanks - white ink question ("Oscar Bearinger")
  3. [Baren 34403] Re: Web and blog ("Oscar Bearinger")
  4. [Baren 34404] Hand printing ("Lee Churchill")
  5. [Baren 34405] I'd appreciate your comments on new print... ("Mike Lyon")
  6. [Baren 34406] Re: Hand printing (Shawn + Elizabeth Newton)
  7. [Baren 34407] Re: I'd appreciate your comments on new print... ("Barbara Carr")
  8. [Baren 34408] Re: New Baren Digest (HTML) V41 #4106 (Nov 7, 2007) (Lynn Starun)
  9. [Baren 34409] Fwd: Web and blog (Reneeaugrin #
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Message 1
From: ArtfulCarol #
Date: Wed, 7 Nov 2007 09:34:28 EST
Subject: [Baren 34401] Re: Hand printing
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I forgot to say this about printing. When my hand print WEB, part of a
series, was acquired by the NYC Public Library Collection, Roberta Waddell, the
Curator wrote this to me:

"..remarkable freedom and energy, proving that printmaking doesn't have to
involve a heavy,expensive press--just creativity, imagination, an
instinctive response to materials
and a highly developed sense of playfulness (a quality I much admire)"

_ (

A related series called Family will be part of my Lecture/Gig this Sunday,
November 11 at the Martucci Gallery* of the Irvington Library, 212 South Astor
Street, 3-5p.m.
My exhibit a Retrospective, "Too Advanced for Connecticut" through November
also includes 10 woodblock prints, watercolors, monotypes and other unique
hand prints called decalcomania..
*This is right across from the RR station, 40 minutes from Grand Central
Station and where we had the Baren "Remembering the Firemen of 911" exhibit.
I'd love to see you!
Carol L.
Irvington, NY

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Message 2
From: "Oscar Bearinger"
Date: Wed, 7 Nov 2007 09:42:47 -0500
Subject: [Baren 34402] Thanks - white ink question
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Thanks for your suggestions, folks.

I've done some experiments with white gouache, which I had on hand. Not working too well for me so far - just not enough body in the pigment (when using pen).

I'm off to the city tomorrow, so I will check out a few of your suggestions at the art shop.

There's lots more experimenting to do.
You'll hear from me if I have success :o) ! (Thinking of using watercolour as the wash but dont think it's what I want...)

Thanks again.


PS Year of the Rat, eh?
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Message 3
From: "Oscar Bearinger"
Date: Wed, 7 Nov 2007 09:52:28 -0500
Subject: [Baren 34403] Re: Web and blog
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You have a real sense of colour, Sharri, and doing 22x30 monotypes is a great indication of your courage !! I would learn a few things listening to you talk about your process and your intentions.

Thanks for posting the images. The other thing is that, while it is very good to see these images, their impressions via a computer monitor is INCOMPARABLE with seeing them in person, vividly and directly. Good for you.

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Message 4
From: "Lee Churchill"
Date: Wed, 7 Nov 2007 07:56:49 -0700
Subject: [Baren 34404] Hand printing
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Having done both hand and 'machine assisted' printing (etching,
hydraulic, and a tiny bit of letterpress) - I must say I don't see much
difference. Other than that using a press helps keeps my poor wrists
from hurting quite so much. The carving is the same, and for most the
inking is mostly the same (letterpress does the inking for you but it is
still an art to get it right). It's only how the final pressure is
applied to pull the print is different. Is the difference between a
wooden spoon, baren, or hydraulic press really that significant? In my
head it's not...but I would love to hear what others think.

Just some food for thought.



My 2 cents:
Eli, I am strictly a hand printer, too, and I wouldn't want to change.
me, that's part of the fun, beauty, and value. It allows for all the
printing creativity possible when doing a small edition of 10 or 20 and
it's what
I'm after. My collectors appreciate that..

"Diffferent strokes for different folks"
As David Bull said " If you like doing something, isn't it better it if
takes a long time?"
Carol Lyons
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Message 5
From: "Mike Lyon"
Date: Wed, 7 Nov 2007 09:28:09 -0600
Subject: [Baren 34405] I'd appreciate your comments on new print...
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Been working hard on my big litho 'drawing' of "Jim". Late last week I
prepared a seventh film, a silhouette to establish a deeper mid-value under
the drawing plates and then I printed a sheet of BFK Tan paper, moku-hanga
style, from two blocks. The folks at Lawrence Lithography Workshop had
never seen Japanese printing done before and I think it's fair to say that
they were fairly blown away by the printing of the wood grain from the
second (ash) block.

Anyway, I'd really appreciate your thoughts about the resulting proof which
you can see at (it's the
last image at the bottom of the page - click for enlargement).

Do you prefer the image on the wood-grain paper? Or do you like it better
on a flat background?

I'd love your input as we try to decide which way to print the edition!
Thanks so much for whatever comments or suggestions you'd care to offer,


Mike Lyon
Kansas City, MO
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Message 6
From: Shawn + Elizabeth Newton
Date: Wed, 7 Nov 2007 09:07:26 -0800 (PST)
Subject: [Baren 34406] Re: Hand printing
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i don't think the results are any different. but
like you said, it's all in your wrists. if
you're pulling one hundred prints, then you want
a machine to make it eaiser. it just depends on
how many you're going to run.

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Message 7
From: "Barbara Carr"
Date: Wed, 7 Nov 2007 11:23:28 -0800
Subject: [Baren 34407] Re: I'd appreciate your comments on new print...
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Wow! It's amazing what a difference the woodgrain background makes.
They're equally wonderful, IMO; it's just a matter of choice as to
what you want. The one with the plain background emphasizes the image,
with all the color, texture, etc., being dominant. The woodgrain
background tends to add a sort of "story" to the image and makes me
want to know Jim. Is he a woodworker, a carpenter, maybe an instrument
maker? It's also a little claustrophobic, as if there's a wall moving
in on him. Personally, I'd probably choose the background without the
grain, just because I like plain stuff.
Thanks for asking.
Barbara C
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Message 8
From: Lynn Starun
Date: Wed, 7 Nov 2007 17:20:59 -0800 (PST)
Subject: [Baren 34408] Re: New Baren Digest (HTML) V41 #4106 (Nov 7, 2007)
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Hi Eli,
Are you planning to use the C&P for woodblock? I have
a Sigwalt 6" x 9" tabletop press but haven't tried a
woodblock on it yet. I got seduced into metal type.
I believe the Chandler & Price 9 x 12 would be a floor
model so it'll be heavy. Chandler & Price is a very
good manufacturer. Ask him if it has a chase and
working rollers. Ask if any parts are broken and/or
welded. You probably wouldn't have too much trouble
finding a chase for that one. Look on ebay for
auctions that have ended to see the selling price and
figure in the shipping charge which would be enormous
and getting one for free is really something.

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Message 9
From: Reneeaugrin #
Date: Wed, 7 Nov 2007 23:17:40 EST
Subject: [Baren 34409] Fwd: Web and blog
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