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  1. [Baren 40257] Re: Woodblock print exhibition ... (Barbara Mason)
  2. [Baren 40258] holiday print (Viza Arlington)
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Message 1
From: Barbara Mason
Date: Sun, 13 Dec 2009 17:21:39 GMT
Subject: [Baren 40257] Re: Woodblock print exhibition ...
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I doubt this was an open call so assume all the work is already in museum collections, probably not too many of us fit the bill here but It will be an amazing show
my best
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Message 2
From: Viza Arlington
Date: Sun, 13 Dec 2009 19:15:19 GMT
Subject: [Baren 40258] holiday print
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Hi all,
For some reason my blog entry didn't get picked up last time. Here is a link
to my holiday print.
It is a linocut. I was going to print it on my etching press but its such a
pain i decided to only print the blue on the press and the other colors with
a baren. I think i will try to build the bottle jack press Charles designed
sometime this winter. I am hoping it will making printing more enjoyable.
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From: saso blazeski
Date: Mon, 14 Dec 2009 01:35:49 GMT
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Subject: Five Impressions From Two Plates
Posted by: Annie B

This weekend I printed the two plates I showed you two posts ago. I started by using the plain block to lay in some color just to make a "dirty-looking" under-layer for the background.


Ultimately I want this background to be a dull bluish-gray, so what you see in the photo above is a goma-zuri (speckled) sumi ink gray plus a wash of pale yellow to dull things down.

Next I added a layer of blue:


Things got a little tricky for me at this stage, because I loved the wood grain that came through. I had no idea that this would happen. I knew that I would lose the grain by overprinting with a different block, and I could have re-carved the "wormy" pattern into the flat block so that I could overprint the same grain, but I'll need this flat block again later, so I decided to continue with my plan.

Next I added gray blue on top of the plain layers using the "wormy" block. The photo below shows a double hit of the blue:

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This item is taken from the blog Woodblock Dreams.
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Subject: First Day Home
Posted by: Andrew Stone

My neighbors and friends had a baby this week and he came home two days ago.
I was reminded of the day Sami came home--my wife had had a C-section so it took a few days before they could both leave the hospital together. But when the time came the car was driven close to the door, I helped my wife into the house and pulled the still sleeping newborn infant in his combi car seat/car carrier into the house and set him on the brick floor.
We had two cats in those days; Grillo, a lovely, black, yellow-eyed moron of a feline and Garbanzo, a shelter-rescue, tortoise-shell; cautious, watchful and a great huntress of snakes, hares, and gophers.
I set the baby on the floor and sort of kept bringing stuff into the house and on my next trip in this was the view I had of the three of them. (although in reality, the baby was well hidden in the bundle and not visible above the rim). The two cats, who had never been interested in ANYTHING I had ever brought into the house approached the carrier like it would explode. They crept up, tails twitching, ever so slowly up to the edge to peek/sniff inside. And when something moved, they bolted. Never again to show so much interest as that first moment. ( Though they would later happily keep the baby company whenever they could).
So, in honor of the neighbor's new baby boy, I dug out this little doodle I did in the days after that encounter. Another Steinlein I'm not, so if these don't look like real cats I'm sorry; but the gesture and spirit of the moment is there.
Something new and marvelous and very different has arrived and things won't ever be the same.
Congratulations to Lisa and Karl on the birth of their new son. And thank you Sami and Alexander (and a nod to the cats who are gone) for always providing me with inspiration, content, and great joy.

First Day Home, 6" X 8" Woodblock print. One maple keyblock; Sumi on Rives lightweight paper.

This item is taken from the blog Lacrime di Rospo.
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