Today's postings

  1. [Baren 35726] Re: Baren Digest (old) V43 #4336 ("Marilynn Smith")
  2. [Baren 35727] Re: Curious ... (aqua4tis #
  3. [Baren 35728] RE: woodgrain for printmaking -help please ("Mike Lyon")
  4. [Baren 35729] Re: IMPORTANT ("Jeanne Norman Chase")
  5. [Baren 35730] Baren Member blogs: Update Notification (Blog Manager)
  6. [Baren 35731] Re: New Baren Digest (Text) V43 #4331 (Apr 21, 2008) ("Patricia B. Phare-Camp")
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Message 1
From: "Marilynn Smith"
Date: Fri, 25 Apr 2008 06:39:30 -0700
Subject: [Baren 35726] Re: Baren Digest (old) V43 #4336
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Just curious, I never saw the link to those Japanese rat/mouse prints. Is
that because I am using the digest?? Or did I just miss it some where?
About swapping, the Baren has a swap shop that is not as formal an exchange
program, you can check it out. I always swap when I can, I got 2 salmon
fishing trips for a block print of a sea captain. We got our limit of 4

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Message 2
From: aqua4tis #
Date: Fri, 25 Apr 2008 09:59:15 -0400
Subject: [Baren 35727] Re: Curious ...
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i think jmes mundie was running? swap shop. dont kn ow if he still is. you send in one of your prints and hell send you someone elses. he might be reqll busy right now with his new little son.
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Message 3
From: "Mike Lyon"
Date: Fri, 25 Apr 2008 09:31:06 -0500
Subject: [Baren 35728] RE: woodgrain for printmaking -help please
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I am so flattered to have been recommended by you, Barbara! But I am not so
sure I can really help much -- understanding seems to come mainly through
practice... David Bull is better at wood-grain-printing than I am and he
can probably offer advice from a much broader experience than I have...

OK -- we are talking about Japanese technique here, right? Water borne
pigments brushed onto the block rather than rolled?

In Luan and Spanish Cedar and Oak and Ash and Walnut, etc when the pigment
is brushed WITH the grain (so that pigment is scooped out of the open grain
and the grain does not print -- detail from reduction print from a Spanish
Cedar block: The 'grainy' marks are
left by the relatively large open fiber bundles of the wood.

As with so many moku-hanga techniques, the OPPOSITE effect can also be
achieved by brushing ACROSS the grain so that the pigment pools in the open
grain and prints DARKER than the surface area... -- the grain in the
background of
pg was printed that way -- a block of cherry was printed first in order to
lay down a relatively flat and grainless base, then a block of ash brushed
across the grain produced the very pronounced woodgrain in the background.

Other woods, notably birch, but shina as well, can print a PRONOUNCED grain
which echoes to some degree the patterns in the block (but only really
noticeable in large flat areas of color... Obtaining grain printing from
these woods is a function of variations in the absorbent properties of
different parts of the wood, with darker pigmentation being obtained from
more absorbent areas. So if the block is over damp or has lots of pigment
and paste brushed onto it, the effect won't be apparent. The most
pronounced grain in printing from this kind of wood is usually obtained from
multiple printings from the same block with very thin applications of
pigment in order to enhance the differences in moisture in the wood. I have
usually tried to avoid this kind of printing, but it shows up a bit in the
background of another reduction
print, this one from a basswood plank (similar species to shina). Some
pigments are better at reproducing grain than others -- a bit of sumi mixed
into a pigment which doesn't want to print grain will sometimes make it POP.
Here is a better example -- a Hiroshige landscape with pronounced and
beautiful woodgrain printing in the blue of the water --

PASTE -- printing straight pigment without paste in brush or block SHOULD
give a pronounced goma-zuri (sesame seed printing) or grainy / dotty effect.
More paste and the goma or graininess will become smooth. Still more and
the brush marks will persist into the print.

Maybe something of this will help a bit?

-- Mike

Mike Lyon
Kansas City, MO
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Message 4
From: "Jeanne Norman Chase"
Date: Fri, 25 Apr 2008 11:33:50 -0400
Subject: [Baren 35729] Re: IMPORTANT
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The flu bug has made its rounds. Was sick for 2 months with bronchial
pneumonia. Had to put off many things. However I am feeling better and
coughing full time, but my prints are almost finished. First coat is dry and
the second one is teeny tiny, should not take long. Figure on getting it in
about 2 weeks, sorry.

Jeanne Norman Chase
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Message 5
From: Blog Manager
Date: 26 Apr 2008 03:55:34 -0000
Subject: [Baren 35730] 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. (47 sites checked, five minutes before midnight Eastern time)


Site Name: Alynn Guerra

Author: alynn
Item: The giveaway outcome


Site Name: Serendipity Artist



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Message 6
From: "Patricia B. Phare-Camp"
Date: Sat, 26 Apr 2008 04:24:01 -0700
Subject: [Baren 35731] Re: New Baren Digest (Text) V43 #4331 (Apr 21, 2008)
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"It is a mystery, but my blog doesn't get picked up by Baren
automatically. Dave is working on it, so I have high hopes that this
will happen someday!"

Hey Sharri I know why your blog might not feed--only because I've made
the same mistake a thousand time.

You've been typing your blog url as barebonesart@blogspot...

It should read barebonesart.blogspot

with a dot and not an at

I printed up about 100 business cards with an at where there should have
been a dot and am embarrassed to say I passed out I don't know how many
before discovering the slip.