Today's postings

  1. [Baren 36253] Re: Exchange 37 (Bill Joel)
  2. [Baren 36254] Re: Exchange 37 ("Maria Arango")
  3. [Baren 36255] Re: New Baren Digest (HTML) V44 #4446 (Jul 29, 2008) (Lynn Starun)
  4. [Baren 36256] Re: linoleum prints (Sharri LaPierre)
  5. [Baren 36257] Baren Member blogs: Update Notification (Blog Manager)
  6. [Baren 36258] Re: linoleum prints (eli griggs)
  7. [Baren 36259] Using Lino for Moku Hanga (Jennifer Martindale)
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Message 1
From: Bill Joel
Date: Tue, 29 Jul 2008 20:14:23 -0400
Subject: [Baren 36253] Re: Exchange 37
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My prints were posted this weekend, Priority Mail. I can't wait to
see what all of you have created. This is my first Baren exchange,
and my interest has been heightened by all the wonderful prints I've
seen online from earlier exchanges. BTW, is there anything in the
bylaws about joining back-to-back exchanges?

Bill Joel
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Message 2
From: "Maria Arango"
Date: Tue, 29 Jul 2008 17:44:58 -0700
Subject: [Baren 36254] Re: Exchange 37
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Your prints are here, I emailed you I think, I don't know, I'm losing it.
No really, safe and sound. Thanks for your contribution.

The only regulation about back-to-back exchanges is that we give priority
slots to participants that did not participate in the previous exchange.
After the sign-up has been open for a week (7 days in both metric and
imperial, heh) the exchange slots are open to everyone.

You can read the sign-up page for more detailed info:

And sign up! You will be on the waiting list but often waitlisters get to


Maria Arango
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Message 3
From: Lynn Starun
Date: Tue, 29 Jul 2008 17:46:02 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: [Baren 36255] Re: New Baren Digest (HTML) V44 #4446 (Jul 29, 2008)
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Hi All,
I made a small linoleum block print to use as a background for a letterpressed business card and I treated it like it was a woodblock using paste and ink. It seemed to work just fine. I may have lightly sanded it but I'm not sure. I read somewhere that linoleum has a coating that can be sanded off. Either go to my blog ( and click on 2007 to see the results or maybe this link will take you directly there:

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Message 4
From: Sharri LaPierre
Date: Tue, 29 Jul 2008 19:54:45 -0700
Subject: [Baren 36256] Re: linoleum prints
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I believe it was Easy Off Oven Cleaner that we used to use to etch
lino blocks. It works very well, but be sure to wear gloves and I
always wore a mask because I don't trust those things. Obviously, I
had a very dirty oven before they became self cleaning.

I will jump into the confession circle. I don't know how I managed to
screw up the kentos on my print, but the image is in the bottom and to
one side of the paper. After considering all the options, I decided
to leave it as it is and if it bothers anyone they can cut it down to
even margins. What was I thinking? Conspicuously, I was not. If
anyone has a better solution, I would love to hear it. I went to
great pains to plan it so it would have a 2" border, but that is not
what happened! One would think that this is my first print. Oh dear.

I am printing away, 2 impressions per day, but must have about 6 to
go. I definitely need an art slave.

Cheers ~
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Message 5
From: Blog Manager
Date: 30 Jul 2008 03:55:37 -0000
Subject: [Baren 36257] 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. (51 sites checked, five minutes before midnight Eastern time)


Site Name: Pistoles Press

Author: Pistoles Press
Item: Wazzermelonz!


Site Name: A Psalm Quest

Author: Daniel L. Dew
Item: Psalm 7, another favorite


[Baren] members: if you have a printmaking blog (or a website with a published ATOM feed), and wish it to be included in this daily checklist, please write to the Baren Blog Manager at:

For reference, sites/blogs currently being checked are:
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Message 6
From: eli griggs
Date: Tue, 29 Jul 2008 22:50:37 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: [Baren 36258] Re: linoleum prints
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You could take thin pine or basswood or a thick card
stock and tack or staple it to form new kentos.

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Message 7
From: Jennifer Martindale
Date: Wed, 30 Jul 2008 11:07:46 +0100
Subject: [Baren 36259] Using Lino for Moku Hanga
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I have been using lino for a while now. I first of all I give the uncut block a light sanding with very very fine sandpaper, and when it comes to printing, the paper should not be too damp, just a 'barely there' damp. Paste etc is all just the same as using woodblocks. The techniques are just the same. I find that I use a ruler and great care making the kento marks as the softness of the lino, can lead one into making an overlarge cut.

The pigments are artists' quality dry pigment I bought from L. Cornelissen & Sons 105 Great Russell Street London, just along from the British Museum. If any one gets a chance do call in, it is an artists' paradise and straight out of a Dickens novel. They do have a website but I am sure your own pigment supplies will work the same. Some colours need a touch of pure alcohol as well as water to mix. I did add a few drops of Gum Arabic to the dark blue to get the right result, but I only usually use that for adding mica to a print.

I have often used the lino for the broad colour blocks, and a woodblock for fine details. This was the first time in a moku hanga print that I have incorporated a monoprint block. In this case I was relying on the dark blue sky to overprint leaving a slight colour haze just as you get with fireworks. I wanted to arrive at that sense of a past explosion fading away.

I got the idea of overprinting dark blue cut out for the firework shapes over colours from studying a Japanese firework print that is on show in the Asian Gallery of the New South Wales Art Gallery in Sydney, when I was in Oz last year.

London Eye:

In reply to the question about creating a block to give a wood impression, I have glued thin veneering wood on to a plywood base and used that in the past, it worked quite well. I am planning another soon so will photo that on the blog when I do.

A lot of what I do is thrashing around in the dark. In other words I keep making mistakes until it comes right. Happy printing to all