Today's postings

  1. [Baren 38046] Re: presses (Sharri LaPierre)
  2. [Baren 38047] Re: Baren Member blogs - video links (Julio.Rodriguez #
  3. [Baren 38048] Seals (Barbara Mason)
  4. [Baren 38049] address (Linden Langdon)
  5. [Baren 38050] Re: New Baren Digest (HTML) V46 #4696 (Feb 3, 2009) (Marilynn Smith)
  6. [Baren 38051] Stamp collectors - Philatelists (Jan Telfer)
  7. [Baren 38052] Baren Member blogs: Update Notification (Blog Manager)
Member image

Message 1
From: Sharri LaPierre
Date: Tue, 03 Feb 2009 17:57:04 GMT
Subject: [Baren 38046] Re: presses
Send Message: To this poster

Check the Seattle Print Arts site - they have an 18" press for sale.
It might be what you're looking for. Every now and then someone will
have a press for sale and advertise it in the Print Arts Northwest and
the SPA newsletters. Also, you might try contacting Tom Conrad at
Conrad Press. I know they take in presses on trade-in when people buy
new ones. Good luck!

Member image

Message 2
From: Julio.Rodriguez #
Date: Tue, 03 Feb 2009 18:09:54 GMT
Subject: [Baren 38047] Re: Baren Member blogs - video links
Send Message: To this poster

Hi Oscar, so sorry that you are unable to look at the posted videos. Is it
the connection speed ? Most of these videos are linked from YouTube so if
you have access to that website or if you can get to a computer that has
access (library ?) you can view them. I will try to capture a still image
of that funky homemade press and send it to you.

In the meantime there are a few new links on the blog today, hopefully
something for everyone.....a small clip with some tips on engraving
boxwood, a video on Japanese printmaking using traditional bench, tools
and materials and a longer two part documentary from the Ohio State
University printmaking class with interviews by current students and their
views on 'printmaking'.

Member image

Message 3
From: Barbara Mason
Date: Tue, 03 Feb 2009 19:41:06 GMT
Subject: [Baren 38048] Seals
Send Message: To this poster

thanks for this, it was really interesting. We think we sort of know something and then find out our information was vague at best.
My best
Member image

Message 4
From: Linden Langdon
Date: Tue, 03 Feb 2009 21:50:10 GMT
Subject: [Baren 38049] address
Send Message: To this poster

Thanks very much to everyone for responding to my request for the country clarification on the addresses - all Ox prints on the way now!

Member image

Message 5
From: Marilynn Smith
Date: Wed, 04 Feb 2009 10:59:50 GMT
Subject: [Baren 38050] Re: New Baren Digest (HTML) V46 #4696 (Feb 3, 2009)
Send Message: To this poster

Here it is the middle of the night and I am wide awake. Why is it
that insomnia brings out all those things that are on ones mind. I am
going crazy with this print. It just is not working on the lovely
paper I bought. I proofed it , dry on a cheap piece of white paper
and it is exactly right. At this point I am not sure what to do. It
is drying off color, it seems to run or something as it dries. I had
my white areas and now they are seeping into color after they have
been run. Perhaps this is not good paper for the process. Should I
go buy some cheap white card stock and run the darn thing dry? Should
I run it dry on this paper and see if it works?? Should I try that
block of watercolor paper that I used last season? Or should I burn
the block and start over?

The mad ramblings of a printmaker. ARGHHHH
Member image

Message 6
From: Jan Telfer
Date: Wed, 04 Feb 2009 11:52:13 GMT
Subject: [Baren 38051] Stamp collectors - Philatelists
Send Message: To this poster

Baren Stamp collectors - Philatelists

Today I posted all my Baren Postcards for the Year of the Ox to
everyone on the list.... today is Wednesday 4th February in Western

I went down to the post office to get ordinary Overseas stamps and for
a fraction more I could get a whole pre-stamped envelope from Australia
Post with all the information about the Year of the Ox, plus the
pre-stamped section and the calligraphic Ox, so invested in one for
each of you, so if you are a stamp collector, I advise you to open them
very carefully to preserve them for ever and ever and if you aren't a
stamp collector and would normally throw your envelopes in the bin, if
you would like to open them carefully (usually where they are lightly
stuck down) ring a stamp collecting friend and you may have a friend
for life.... well, not quite, but your gesture will be appreciated I'm

To the two Australians on the list, Mellissa and Linden, you were even
luckier, because the post office didn't have any 55c Chinese new year
stamps or pre-stamped envelopes only First Day Covers....... so you
were even luckier ( and your Oxen came with golden horns!)

To everyone overseas your Oxen's arrival will be in about 7 - 10 days
time (about the 14th Feb)...... Happy New Year and Happy Valentines

My playful atagami ones are staying home...... maybe for "breeding



Digest Appendix

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

Subject: Printmaking at Ohio State University
Posted by: Julio

Here is a two part documentary about printmaking at Ohio State University (OSU). There are candid interviews with students on such topics as printmaking as a career and printmaking's relevance in the digital age.

Part 1

Part 2

This item is taken from the blog BarenForum Group Weblog.
'Reply' to Baren about this item.

Subject: Japanese woodblock technique
Posted by: Julio

Here is a short video demonstrating the Japanese woodblock tecnique. The first 30 seconds or so are slow but then we see the traditional bench setup, tools and techniques.

Do not know who the craftsman is in the video but by the looks of the room I am guessing it was filmed at one of the Hanga studios in Japan that create Ukiyo-e reproductions and are open to the public.

Note the use of a small water bottle to keep the sharpening stone wet and the use of the left hand to guide the aisuki clearing knive. Also note that the carving and printing benches are set at opposite angles to improve technique and reduce effort.

This item is taken from the blog BarenForum Group Weblog.
'Reply' to Baren about this item.

Subject: [Seacoast in Winter - 6] : Impressions 2 ~ 3
Posted by: Dave Bull

Continued from [Seacoast in Winter - 5] | Starting point of the thread is [Seacoast in Winter]

Step #2 - There are three basic 'areas' in this print. We had the sky base first, now it's the turn of the water. The base blue doesn't cover the entire water area, as there are some cutouts for white 'foam' ...

Step #3 - And the base tone on the rocks takes care of the final area.

Anything left in white at this point will still be white in the finished print. From here on, we are going to build up tone/colour/texture/depth on each area in turn ...

This item is taken from the blog Woodblock RoundTable.
'Reply' to Baren about this item.

Subject: Creative drought over!
Posted by: Sue

Before Christmas, I was scrabbling to get jobs finished from the 'day' job and trying to finish an engraving that I'd promised for a friend as a present for a family member. After Christmas I was trying to hit the deadlines for another few jobs that had been rescheduled or altered and messed up my schedules. It was pretty chaotic and exhausting and I ended up being rather dissatisfied with the engraving that I was having to find time for in odd moments. That's the trouble with rushing. Here it is:

It's not defined enough, I could do better and I feel I need to get some defining highlights into the faces and the ball. I shall have a play....and when I am happy I shall have to give my friend the option of swapping her print for a modified one.

Meanwhile, a couple of illustration jobs were supposed to start this week but have been delayed. So I find myself with a few days free, and I have decided to design my next block. This time I'm doing a detailed sketch on the computer to size, trying out ways of interpreting different areas in ways that please me. Working on the computer gives me the option of altering, resizing and testing textures out without all the tedious redrawing that working on paper . . .
[Long item has been trimmed at this point. The full blog entry can be viewed here]

This item is taken from the blog Studio Window.
'Reply' to Baren about this item.

Subject: On the Mendecino Coast
Posted by: Robert Simola

5" x 7" cherry wood block print on Somerset paper
with Graphic Chemical vine black ink

A tangled wildness was choking out

the Iceland poppies she had set in rows

along the peeling, yellow picket fence.

She sat beneath the tree and thought about

the years she'd fought those weeds and all the hoes

she'd bought. Whatever for?

If she'd the sense

of weeds and worms, she would have left them all

alone and saved herself the work. With him,

she could have sat beneath that weeping oak

and watched those wild weeds grow strong and tall

each spring and ripen in the summer.


. . .
[Long item has been trimmed at this point. The full blog entry can be viewed here]

This item is taken from the blog Robert Simola.
'Reply' to Baren about this item.