Today's postings

  1. [Baren 38572] Re: themes (RAKESH BANI)
  2. [Baren 38573] 10 woodblock prints (ArtfulCarol #
  3. [Baren 38574] exchange 41 (guadalupe Vic)
  4. [Baren 38575] Re: exchange 41 (Darrell Madis)
  5. [Baren 38576] request for help! (ArtSpotiB #
  6. [Baren 38577] Re: request for help! (carol Montgomery)
  7. [Baren 38578] Re: request for help! (ArtSpotiB #
  8. [Baren 38579] Re: request for help! (RAKESH BANI)
  9. [Baren 38580] Baren Member blogs: Update Notification (Blog Manager)
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Message 1
Date: Sat, 04 Apr 2009 13:19:11 GMT
Subject: [Baren 38572] Re: themes
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Dear Friends,
On my view there is no need to give any theme , let's give freadom
to all so all can present there actual work and by that we all get
good collection of works,
please think about this............... this is my openion.
thanks to all,
rakesh bani.
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Message 2
From: ArtfulCarol #
Date: Sat, 04 Apr 2009 13:58:36 GMT
Subject: [Baren 38573] 10 woodblock prints
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Finally I am able to get these onto the website.

Above my woodblock prints is Dave Bull's statement from our brochure:
"If you like doing something , isn't it better if it takes a long time?"

Wall of 10 woodblocks exhibited at the Martucci Gallery in Irvington as part
of my art gig..
These were in Baren exchanges or exhibits;
Lefties Can Carve, Dream Pillows (Z), Eye and Ear, Endangered and Bijou.


Carol Lyons
Irvington, NY
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Message 3
From: guadalupe Vic
Date: Sat, 04 Apr 2009 19:38:10 GMT
Subject: [Baren 38574] exchange 41
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Hello for Baren exchange 41 I like My window. Saludos, Guadalupe

Dra. Guadalupe Victorica

Arte Desarrollo Humano

Segunda Convocatoria Internacional Grabados por la Paz México 2009 IMNRC
Primer Colectiva Internacional de Grabado 2009
Second International Prints for Peace 2009, First International Printmaking Collective 2009
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Message 4
From: Darrell Madis
Date: Sun, 05 Apr 2009 01:02:49 GMT
Subject: [Baren 38575] Re: exchange 41
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I like my window also, but I'm not sure I can be in the exchange.

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Message 5
From: ArtSpotiB #
Date: Sun, 05 Apr 2009 02:02:34 GMT
Subject: [Baren 38576] request for help!
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Hello Fellow Bareners.

Well, today was just horrid. I am about as frustrated as a person can be!
Today was the day to start printing for the 40th exchange, having had a number of
delays come up. The blocks have been ready for several months.

Here's my quandry. I have two lino blocks. One is to be the wafty aspects of
moonlight. The second is the silhouette of a tree, which would be printed on
top of the first block.

I'm fascinated with the inferon/irridescent lightfast powder effects. My plan
is to print a pattern underneath the black silhouette of a tree at night in
moonlight. What I thought might work would be to put some kind of glue/wet on
the first, patterned block then dust the wet with the powder. After drying, the
excess would be tapped off to be reused. Then the second block would be
printed on top.

I've tried a few methods to no avail. Any sugguestions? I am determined to
get those prints out the door soonest!

Your helpful commentaries and advice will be most appreciated!

ArtSpot Out
Benny & The Bandit Dog

"Don't give up. It just hasn't found it's owner yet" Artygalz, aol chat room
pal regarding art sales.
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Message 6
From: carol Montgomery
Date: Sun, 05 Apr 2009 02:18:12 GMT
Subject: [Baren 38577] Re: request for help!
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Hi, Benny - I have used water based printing inks and sprinkled pearlescent and metallic powders on the printed still wet ink on paper, let it dry and gently brushed off. The color of the ink is totally covered but gives an undercolor to the powder on top. Oil based ink doesn't work, too sticky. You can try the second block on top of the first pattern. Carol M., Helena, MT
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Message 7
From: ArtSpotiB #
Date: Sun, 05 Apr 2009 07:56:20 GMT
Subject: [Baren 38578] Re: request for help!
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Thanks, Carol. Kind of you to write!

That was my plan but I decided I must be headed for a disaster after today's
difficulties. It's so good for you to share the information. I'm grateful.

Today I opened a box of "white" waterbased ink only to discover the estate
sale tube to be orange. Too late in the day to get to a store. So I tried a
coupla glues to no avail. Then I tried rice paste to no avail. I considered using
Golden's medium but only had glossy. I didn't have any oil based white or I'd
have tried that too. Guess my first plan was the best, then? I had lost hope
and was so discouraged that it seemed a silly print method. I was about to
just use the "atmospheric pattern" as an embossment instead. Naturally I tried
both baren and press too. This is my first multiple block. A challenge in
several directions!

The paper is white and the mica dust a white/blue variation. Sounds as tho
white ink is the right thing from what you are saying? I'll get to the store
tomorrow AM. But before then I'll not lose any sleep over it, thanks to you.

Any other advice is most welcome.

ArtSpot Out
Benny & The Bandit Dog

There are two ways of being happy: We may either diminish our wants or
augment our means - either will do - the result in the same; and it is for each man
to decide for himself, and do that which happens to be the easiest. If you are
idle or sick or poor, however hard it may be to diminish your wants, it will
be harder to augment your means. If you are active and prosperous or young and
in good health, it may be easier for you to augment your means than to
diminish your wants. But if you are wise, you will do both at the same time, young
or old, rich or poor, sick or well; and if you are very wise you will do both
in such a way as to augment the general happiness of society. -Benjamin
Franklin, statesman, author, and inventor (1706-1790)
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Message 8
Date: Sun, 05 Apr 2009 08:27:48 GMT
Subject: [Baren 38579] Re: request for help!
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Hello to all baren year of Ox - Print card exchange Participants,
I sended my ox to all adresses but few of them are back due to wrong
adress, please any one help me and give me correct adress of -- Lana
Lambert ,, Kathe welch and Joseph Taylor.
so I send them again my ox...Hope rest of all my friends got my ox
card, printed in black..........
yet I recived 15 Ox cards of different artist and waiting for
all,,,,,,,,, hope get soon.
rakesh bani

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Subject: Nifty Registration jig
Posted by: Lynn

I made up a handy dandy registration device for my reduction print.  I took a class last year with Chuck Miley where we used easy cut block material and used a sort of mat out of foamboard which we dropped our block/s into.  The foamboard was the same size as the paper, if I remember correctly.  So I adapted that idea for this flexible block I'm printing with from McClains.  I cut a piece  binder board/davey board in a thickness that was thinner than my block.   I made sure the outer measurements were bigger than my paper.  I traced the block onto the davey board and carefully cut out the block shape so that the resulting frame would fit snugly around my block.  Then I laminated some graph paper and did the same measuring and cutting.  Then I glued the two together with a glue stick.  This enabled me to figure out exactly where the paper would lie.  I cut two strips of the binder board and glued them along the paper line forming an L.  For extra measure I glued a triangle of binder board over the corner  but I probably didn't need to do that.  It might have been better to be able to see the corner to make sure I had fitted the paper into place each time.  The laminated surface was easy to keep clean. . . .
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Subject: Reduction Relief Print
Posted by: Lynn

I'm overdue for getting my Baren Forum Chinese New Year exchange print done and I finally got time blocked out to work on it.  After some  research I decided on a design and got it worked out.   The reasons for doing a reduction print are less carving, better registration and harmonious color.  I had a new material I bought from McClains that is linoleum-like and is used by Japanese schoolchildren.  I bought a larger piece and cut it to size on my Kutrimmer with no problem.  I even rounded the corners on a corner rounder.   

I tried at first to use the Daniel Smith water washable oil relief ink but it wasn't drying and I remembered reading  that it takes a long time to dry especially with layered color.  Plan B was using my lithographic ink from Graphic Chemical and that worked fine.  I used a LOT of the transparency medium for the first block which gave the pale blue background color.   I even used a good bit of transparency medium with the second (brown) color.   I liked the second stage of the print so much I almost quit but I'm glad I didn't now that I've carved and proofed the black layer.

Happy Year of the Ox!!

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