Today's postings

  1. [Baren 36115] Re: Brown gum arabic powder (Annie Bissett)
  2. [Baren 36116] Open Studio 2008 (Andy English)
  3. [Baren 36117] Spudnik Press Printmaking Residency ("Angee Lennard")
  4. [Baren 36118] my new carving tools (Shawn + Elizabeth Newton)
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Message 1
From: Annie Bissett
Date: Thu, 3 Jul 2008 09:27:20 -0400
Subject: [Baren 36115] Re: Brown gum arabic powder
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Hi Alex,

Are you doing moku hanga? For hanga, I use the Guerra pigment
dispersions straight out of the bottle, no mix-ins. The only things I
add are water and rice paste. I add water to the pigments in my
mixing cup if I want a paler tint and I mix the rice paste into the
pigments on the block as I print.

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Message 2
From: Andy English
Date: Thu, 3 Jul 2008 14:49:42 +0100 (BST)
Subject: [Baren 36116] Open Studio 2008
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A warm welcome to any reader who might be near Ely in the east of England during either of the first two weekends of July. My studio will be open between 11am and 6pm on the 5th/6th and 12th/13th July. I will demonstrate wood engraving and printing and generally show my stuff.

Wood Engraver / Printmaker / Illustrator

I will design engrave and print your bookplate (ex libris), illustration, image for wedding stationary, business / change of address card or a whole edition of prints to your specifications.

My Website with store:

Read my blog here.
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Message 3
From: "Angee Lennard"
Date: Thu, 3 Jul 2008 15:04:34 -0500
Subject: [Baren 36117] Spudnik Press Printmaking Residency
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Spudnik Press is slowly but surely growing. We continue to work out of a
live/work space, and hold down full time jobs, but we are some how finding
ways to continue to offer more and more things.... Here's our new
project.... Please pass this along to any interested parties.

This fall Spudnik Press will offer our first Artist's Residency. With this
program, we will provide the resources, equipment, and space for an artist
who would like to develop a body of print-based work, but lacks the
resources to do so independently. We hope to encourage and enable the
production of high quality prints, and to contribute to the development of
an emerging Chicago artist.

Spudnik Press will provide the Artist in Residence with materials for his or
her project, access to the shop during prearranged hours, and general
feedback and assistance from Spudnik Press' studio monitors and assistants.
The Artist will also have the option to host a lecture, round table
discussion, or demonstration at Spudnik Press. At the conclusion of the
residency, Spudnik Press will host a reception displaying the work created.

This program is open to all experienced printmakers. Spudnik Press does not
have the ability to assist with travel and housing, and encourages only
Chicago residents to apply at this time.
We aim to provide a residency that is catered to the individual artist. The
duration and budget of the residency will be determined by the specific
needs of the accepted project. Artists that wish to work collaboratively may
apply together.

*August 9*
Application deadline
*September 1*
Notification deadline
*October 1 - December 15*
Residency term

Visit for the application with all the

Angee Lennard
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Message 4
From: Shawn + Elizabeth Newton
Date: Thu, 3 Jul 2008 16:46:25 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: [Baren 36118] my new carving tools
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they're not power grip, they're warren cutlery, but they look exactly the same and i figure they're exactly the same thing with a different label painted on.

i love them. i've never spent so little and gotten so MUCH. they are so sharp it's ridiculous! my problem now is cutting too fast through my vinyl and messing up other parts of the block.

i am having to hold the tools differently than my palm tools, but i'm much more comfortable doing it this way i've found.

here is an image:

and the web address is
i'd vouch for them anyday.