Today's postings

  1. [Baren 37541] Re: I Like It (reneeaugrin #
  2. [Baren 37542] Re: New Baren Digest (HTML) V45 #4614 (Nov 22, 2008) (Marilynn Smith)
  3. [Baren 37543] Baren Summit 2010 & floating kento (Linda Beeman)
  4. [Baren 37544] Re: Baren Summit 2010? (carol Montgomery)
  5. [Baren 37545] Re: Baren Summit 2010? ("Maria Arango")
  6. [Baren 37546] Re: New Baren Digest (HTML) V45 #4614 (Nov 22, 2008) (Lynn Starun)
  7. [Baren 37547] Re: Baren Summit 2010? (carol Montgomery)
  8. [Baren 37548] Transparent mediums ... (Dave Bull)
  9. [Baren 37549] Baren Member blogs: Update Notification (Blog Manager)
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Message 1
From: reneeaugrin #
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2008 15:41:33 GMT
Subject: [Baren 37541] Re: I Like It
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Annie, no worries, we are just looking at your Mayflower from an
outpost in Greenland. No need to carve again, your work is beautiful.
I have been following the Wall series and absolutely love all of the
time and thoughtfulness you have put in your prints. It made me think
of other routes, and was thinking of pathways, or pilgrimages and
voila! your ship appeared. My family comes from all over, mostly the
Mediterranean and just arrived in the US in the early 1900s. In my Art
Literacy class I have a section on the Silk Road and the Road to
Compestello. Lots of inspiration there! Looking forward to seeing
more of everyone's work on the main site and the blogs.

I guess the 'Printmakers of the Travelling Portfolio' idea kindof
fizzelled, I wouldn't mind being the first to mail the five prints to
someone on the list if you are willing to trade and pass it along to
the next party and so on, as long as it comes back to me with five
prints -- not of my own making. I am not sure if this will work -- but
I do have enough naievitee to trust the other participants. I liked
some of the suggestions that Terry(?) made -- that which I can
remember. But choosing from 25 would be expensive to mail. Maybe the
size of priority mail envelopes should dictate a standard size, and I
think that the weight doesn't matter for the same cost. I am not very
good at details, I
used to get in alot of trouble as a kid for being an
"abstract thinker" -- but I did not know what that meant.
Still hopeful -- or just looking at possibilities. I have one more
class this session and I'll be on break, I can hardly wait to get back
to printing. I have three blocks ready to carve.

Our local Arts Action Alliance is very busy hanging local artists' work
in the county buildings. Clackamas is a vast county with artists
scattered in small towns and all around the quickly vanishing
countryside. Since we do not really have a central city Gallery zone,
the AAA is placing work in these buildings for the public at large. It
is a great program. Your work is on display, hung by a professional
art display person and any sales are yours without commission. The
newest building, a public services building (tax accessor, development
etc.) has been built with a lovely gallery space on all three floors.
The lighting and hanging system is in place waiting for the revolving
works of art. I was happily selected to have the space on the top
floor for the building's opening ceremonies. The addition of art in
these public spaces hopefully inspires and broadens the aspects of the
official world of the public servants.

Wishing you all a Happy Thanksgiving. (I hope it becomes an
international holiday, just for giving thanks in our global community)

Best to everyone,

AWindy, Rainy Damascus, Oregon
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Message 2
From: Marilynn Smith
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2008 16:19:21 GMT
Subject: [Baren 37542] Re: New Baren Digest (HTML) V45 #4614 (Nov 22, 2008)
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Maria, a desert location for a summit would be fabulous and I could
even spend a few days with my daughter and my grand children. It
looks like a great spot, hope I can come. If it is February I will be
flying up from the Baja, that should be fun! I agree with those who
have made comments about our previous summits. It is wonderful to
match faces to names and see everyone work and inspiring to work
together. We seem to learn a great deal from one another, well worth
the time and the money to come.

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Message 3
From: Linda Beeman
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2008 16:21:16 GMT
Subject: [Baren 37543] Baren Summit 2010 & floating kento
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I love the idea of a Summit! It will depend on when it is for me to be able to come. My son will be graduating high school (fingers crossed!) in 2010. So getting that done and him off to wherever he will be going will decide it for me.
I have never been farther west than Kansas so seeing the desert would be a real treat! And I don't fly so anyone going from or by Michigan...........

I would also like to thank whoever brought up the floating kento, I think that's what it was called, a little while ago. Working on my Exchange #39 print, I found one of the blocks to be off a couple hairs. I don't know if the paper swelled? I'm sure my kento couldn't have been off!! ;0) Anyway, I cut a piece of mat board and glued it on with the nori and things go back in line. Almost done!
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Message 4
From: carol Montgomery
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2008 22:28:04 GMT
Subject: [Baren 37544] Re: Baren Summit 2010?
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Hi, Maria - I am very interested in your proposal for a Baren Summit in 2010 near Beatty, Nevada at the Goldwell Museum. I lived in nearby Bishop, California for six years; my husband and I explored the Inyo and White Mountains Ranges and Death Valley extensively. We came upon the Goldwell Museum on one of our exploration trips and enjoyed all the sculptures. I taught at the local community college during those years - drawing, painting and printmaking. Do you mind if I send a heads-up to my friends and former students about the Summit? It's only a day trip from Bishop and I am sure my printmaking students would be very interested in the workshops.
I have enjoyed the Baren discussions; Benny Alba recommended the Baren in an email message to the California Society of Printmakers. I have relocated to Helena, Montana and look forward to attending the next Summit. Sincerely, Carol Montgomery
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Message 5
From: "Maria Arango"
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2008 22:49:05 GMT
Subject: [Baren 37545] Re: Baren Summit 2010?
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Hi Carol!

Yes, please share with your students; I am going to announce in Nevada when
the time nears to see if we can pick up some "converts". My recent workshop
in that location tells me that there will be some interest in "peeking in"
or participating fully. Also, it would help if anyone interested would join
the forum so they keep tabs on progress. In fact, I think we require Baren
Membership as a pre-requisite to going to the Baren Summit, makes sense.

In view of the responses so far, there are at least two other requests for
"popping in" without booking the whole conference. I think the only way to
do that fairly is to have an "entire conference" booking fee which would
include all the workshops and events, and also offer "a la carte" booking
fees, where someone can drop in for a day or two, take a workshop or two as
they wish.
Also, instructors will be able to charge a small "materials fee" to cover
their workshop materials expenses. This will be crucial because Beatty is
120 miles from the nearest art supply store.

The Nature Printing Society has a similar system and seems to work very
well; they keep most fees separate so that people can pick and choose their
"ideal" conference.

I will know more when we get more responses, hone in on the details and
start budgeting for everything.
Someone else asked about the availability of "Barbara's mall money" which is
really's Mall account and there will be some contributions by to help defray the expenses and keep the summit fees as low
as we can.

So far 32 respondents and 12 "for sure will attend"! Cool.
Oh, and to those of you that will book a charter flight to the Beatty
Airport, please be sure your parachute is in good repair, boy, I've heard
some stories... :-)


       Maria Arango
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Message 6
From: Lynn Starun
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2008 00:02:11 GMT
Subject: [Baren 37546] Re: New Baren Digest (HTML) V45 #4614 (Nov 22, 2008)
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Hi Gayle,
I only had that book for such a short time after I finished it for the book exchange. I may need to make another like it as I miss it. The straps worked well and didn't interfere with the lying flat aspect. Some of the signatures open fully/lie flat because I was in such a hurry that I forgot to use the bone folder to get a nice fold. I wonder if there's a trick to getting the sewing a little tighter. Once again I was racing the clock so I didn't have time to think it through. Now I should go through it again to really get to know the structure.
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Message 7
From: carol Montgomery
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2008 01:00:34 GMT
Subject: [Baren 37547] Re: Baren Summit 2010?
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Hi, Maria - I'll get in touch with the people I know in the Owens Valley and suggest they join the Baren forum. That way they can get to know the group and pick up great pointers on printmaking. Carol
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Message 8
From: Dave Bull
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2008 02:46:50 GMT
Subject: [Baren 37548] Transparent mediums ...
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Media? Anyway ...

When I need more 'body' in a pigment mix, but don't want to deepen the
colour, I usually use gum arabic to the bowl. This is the stuff that
printers here have used since 'long ago' for this job. You can get it
in powdered or chunk form, and then cook it up to a liquid in a double
boiler, but I think there are very few people here who still do it that
way. I certainly use the store-bought stuff.

Here's a snapshot of the brand I have used for many years. It's
labelled 'Transparent Water Color Medium':

And here are the ingredients:

Gum Arabic 35%
Mold retardant
Deodorizer (preservative)
Ph neutralizer

So far, so good. Never had any problems with it. It has a texture like
the stuff we had back grade school in those plastic bottles with the
slant top - mucilage. (Might be many of the same ingredients in that
too, I think ...)

Anyway, I bought another bottle a while back, and have been using it
with no problems. Just the other day though, as I was dipping out some
onto my pigment tile, I noticed that the label was different; this one
says 'Opaque Water Color Medium'!

And here are its ingredients:

Gum Arabic 12%
Mold retardant
Deodorizer (preservative)

No mention of buffering, and almost no difference in appearance or
texture. This one flows a bit more smoothly, but that's perhaps because
it is new; my older bottle of the transparent stuff is getting low in
level, and stiffening up.

As for 'opacity' I see no difference at all, and as I said, didn't even
realize that I had the 'wrong' one.

Anybody know anything about these products, and why a lower gum content
should make it more 'opaque' (which it isn't).


Digest Appendix

Postings made on [Baren] members' blogs
over the past 24 hours ...

Subject: Sleigh Block
Posted by: Ellen Shipley

Going pretty fast, especially the white parts. Snowflakes are a tad tedious 'cuz the board has to be turned and it's long for that. But it's all going well.

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Subject: ThreadBear Logo (Woodblock Print)
Posted by: Viza Arlington

This is my first logo it is for a quilt shop in New Mexico.
I used beech plywood same as on Arion. It is really hard but other than that a very nice wood for carving.
i used my wood burning tool for all line work and a knife and gouges for clearing. the lettering took forever it seemed.
Graphic Chemical oil based ink with watercolor on masa paper. i think i might switch the red and green spools but other than that i'm pretty happy with the way it has turned out.
Artist: Viza Arlington
Title: ThreadBear
woodbock print hand colored
image size:9X12
paper size: 11X14

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Subject: Earth, Water, Wind and Fire: Installed
Posted by: Sharri

Finally, after months of grinding away with various bits and my handy Foredom, the piece is ready for installation in the great outdoors.  It has been securely mounted on exterior grade plywood which has been primed and painted within an inch of its life.  The final coat is a clear enamel on the copper itself to prevent oxidation.  At first I was going to just let it do its natural thing, but then I realized that gradually all that engraving would disappear.  That was when I decided to add color with the propane torch, and sure enough! Gradually, all the engraving disappeared and had to be redone.
In a few years the plants will be halfway or more up to the bottom of the installed piece.  Right now it looks like it has been installed much too high, but hopefully, in a few years it will look just right.  I'm told that the first year plants sleep, the second year they creep, and the third year they leap.  Right now we are heavily into sleep, because nothing is doing anything.  There is a tiny tip of new growth, but that is it -- just enough for us to know they are still alive.
Earth, Water, Wind and Fire looks for all the world to be exactly where it was meant to be: and it is!  
The next project is to carve the fence posts!  I don't expect that to take near as long as this piece did. ;-)

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Subject: Earth, Water, Wind and Fire
Posted by: Sharri

The four elements: earth, water, wind and fire seemed appropriate for a garden piece.  Of course, each of these had to be represented visually.   Water                                               Detail of fern representing earth.  The fern
was chosen because it is one of our oldest botanic specimens and it is a wonder to me how it can propagate so effectively with such a primitive and demanding reproductive process.  It seemed to demand some kind of recognition.
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