Today's postings

  1. [Baren 40597] TIGERS ("bobcatpath #")
  2. [Baren 40598] What Is Printmaking Today? Philadelphia Dares to Ask (Clive Lewis)
  3. [Baren 40599] Baren: what is printmaking (Raymond Hudson)
  4. [Baren 40600] Mariolla Sofianidi (Eileen Corder)
  5. [Baren 40601] Baren Member blogs: Update Notification (Blog Manager)
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Message 1
From: "bobcatpath #"
Date: Wed, 10 Feb 2010 14:53:13 GMT
Subject: [Baren 40597] TIGERS
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hello Bareners

yesterday i printed 50 Tigers
on stamped USPS postcards
a very economical way to accomplish this task

addressing them presently
and will mail out this afternoon
if you are on the list and
do not receive one= please alert me

this is the first time since i began, in the year of the horse,
that i have actually sent them out ' on time' for the chinese new year
which i believe is this saturday

2010 will be an auspicious year
as i will welcome my first grandkid-
a TIGRESS , in mid May

a wonderful, healthy , prosperous and creative
to all

Gillyin Gatto Machias Maine USA
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Message 2
From: Clive Lewis
Date: Wed, 10 Feb 2010 16:00:25 GMT
Subject: [Baren 40598] What Is Printmaking Today? Philadelphia Dares to Ask
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Here's an interesting article on a Printmaking show from the NY Times
online.. Be sure to click on the 'Multimedia' photo to the left.

Art Review | 'Philagrafika 2010': What Is Printmaking Today?
Philadelphia Dares to Ask
"Philagrafika 2010," a citywide festival devoted to the print in
contemporary art, includes exhibitions in almost 90 galleries and
works by more than 300 artists.
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Message 3
From: Raymond Hudson
Date: Wed, 10 Feb 2010 16:26:33 GMT
Subject: [Baren 40599] Baren: what is printmaking
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Many thanks, Clive, for the link to Philagrafika. Very interesting.
One of the images in the slide show is a woodcut by Christine
Baumgartner and there's a link to some of her work, including an
interview and a woodcut over 14 feet long, at

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Message 4
From: Eileen Corder
Date: Wed, 10 Feb 2010 22:41:52 GMT
Subject: [Baren 40600] Mariolla Sofianidi
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Please get in touch with me privately as soon as possible.
Thanks so much!

Digest Appendix

Postings made on [Baren] members' blogs
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Subject: Testing Akua Inks for Valentine's Day
Posted by: Annie B

A few days ago I had a meeting with Zea Mays Printmaking director Liz Chalfin to talk about offering a printmaking workshop that would meet once a week over the course of several weeks. As we were talking about ordering supplies, Liz asked me if I had ever used Akua Color inks for moku hanga. In fact I've only used Guerra pigments (see sidebar for link) so Liz gave me a little box of Akua Color that she had on hand so I could try them out.

I decided to test the inks by making some quick valentine postcards. First I pulled out some old blocks that I had used for various prints in the past.


Then I cut some paper scraps down to 4" x 6", and cut a 3.5" x 5.5" window out of a 6" x 8" piece of acetate. This would allow me to frame and isolate any portion of the various blocks for printing. I had three Akua colors, crimson red, pthalo blue and hansa yellow. I used them straight out of the bottle, tinting them by adding water rather than adding white and I printed as usual with a baren. I worked very quickly, as I was just trying to get a feel for the inks. They worked beautifully, pretty much exactly the way the Guerra pigments do, and they dry to the same matte finish that I associate with moku hanga. I think I'll use them at the workshop.

Here are some of the postcards I made:


This item is taken from the blog Woodblock Dreams.
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Subject: New print: 3 seeds
Posted by: Maria

3 seeds
Wood Engraving 2010
Here is my latest, "3 seeds" for the SSNW exchange. A long time ago I did 2 seeds for a Baren exchange and always wanted to revisit the series. I have 4 seeds all ready to print.
These are engraved on boxwood rounds, straight from Matsumura San in Japan. I don't think he quite understood that his "discards" are a treasure trove for someone like me who gets inspired by the shape and rings of every piece of wood.

I print these on my bottlejack press, plans courtesy of Charles Morgan. I made my press with a 5-ton mini jack, so it's quite portable and the footprint and height a bit smaller than Charles's press. Works great for engravings, although engravings are always ticklish to print. Too much ink and detail goes away, too little and coverage is not even. It is especially difficult to engrave three different blocks at once. I cut out a piece of foamboard and fit the blocks snugly into the cutouts; this keeps them together and steady for printing.

The paper is pre-printed acid-free bought at Office Depot. They have a wide variety of papers that are acid-free, smooth and perfect for engravings.

This item is taken from the blog 1000 Woodcuts Updates.
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