Today's postings

  1. [Baren 41791] "nature" printing (Andrew Stone)
  2. [Baren 41792] Re: "nature" printing (Dave Bull)
  3. [Baren 41793] Very interesting resource ... (David Bull)
  4. [Baren 41794] Re: Very interesting resource ... (Raymond Hudson)
  5. [Baren 41795] Baren Member blogs: Update Notification (Blog Manager)
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Message 1
From: Andrew Stone
Date: Fri, 13 Aug 2010 06:46:28 GMT
Subject: [Baren 41791] "nature" printing
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The last time I did anything remotely similar to nature printing, it involved a group of giggling 12 year olds, a dare, and the library xerox machine.
I think we got a good 3-4 impressions before we were caught and had to go to the principal's office.
Fortunately, no one would tell; and with our pants on we couldn't be reliably identified.....I think he's still laughing anyway.

Andrew Stone
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Message 2
From: Dave Bull
Date: Fri, 13 Aug 2010 06:54:30 GMT
Subject: [Baren 41792] Re: "nature" printing
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> I think we got a good 3-4 impressions before we were caught

Andrew, is this your suggestion for a theme for the next Baren
exchange? :~)

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Message 3
From: David Bull
Date: Fri, 13 Aug 2010 09:36:23 GMT
Subject: [Baren 41793] Very interesting resource ...
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I learned about this resource today - the Graphic Atlas:

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Message 4
From: Raymond Hudson
Date: Fri, 13 Aug 2010 10:11:13 GMT
Subject: [Baren 41794] Re: Very interesting resource ...
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What a great site! Thanks for letting us know about this, Dave.


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Subject: A Domestic Interlude And An Important Announcement
Posted by: Andy English

Late summer is productive here in the Fens and I have been nipping out to eat fat ripe figs from the tree.

Elsewhere in the garden, the courgettes, tomatoes and cucumbers are arriving in quantity and adorning our meals.

We don't own a plum tree but three huge specimens of cherry-plum hang over our garden and rather over-supply us; we are constantly picking up windfalls - far more than we can eat.

Some do find their way into jam-pots as they make a wonderful jam. I spent a day earlier this week engraving a label especially for them. These were dry today and so I trimmed them, added the date by hand, and stuck them on. Enough to last a little while but there will be other batches both from fresh plums and from the freezer.

There is a Private View in Cambridge on Monday 16th August between 6:30 and 8:80 pm. It is the summer exhibition of the Arthur Rank Hospice Charity at the Michaelhouse Centre, St Michael's Church, Trinity Street Cambridge.

It features a large group of etchings and wood engravings by Pamela Hughes, an old friend who died in 2002. It is a rare opportunity to see - and purchase - her work. I am showing a selection of my own wood engravings and Celia Hart is showing some of her gorgeous prints. The exhibition continues until 4th September. Do come along to the Private View if you can. Pamela's Prints are really not to be missed.

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Subject: My studio smells like HONEY!?
Posted by: Maria

I began experimenting with Akua-Kolor inks with my last two moku-hanga prints of the Valley of Fire. They work exceptionally well for this traditional Japanese method, but I also wanted to try them in the Western roll'em'up'n'press'em method (that is a long technical term requiring more explanation than this blog can possibly get into).

The best part of Akua-Kolor is that my studio smells like honey when I hang up the prints to dry. It is the sweetest smell! Maybe I just like working consistently again.

Anyhow, nothing like a print exchange or seven to get the presses rolling, or the baren sweating, or whatever. So for my Baren Exchange #45 I decided to jump right into the thickener of things and roll out the Akua.
The colors are amazingly impressive, the purity of the transparency is just incredible; I can't think of another word for it. Here are some of the plates:

Oh, forgot, if you are in Exchange #45 and like surprises, read the rest of the blog post with your eyes closed.

The theme was "maps" so I went "flying" over the earth until I found a neat spot (insert credit here to Google Earth). 

Key block on the right printed in violet/purple/umber containing all of the relief and some ancient petroglyph symbols thrown in for good measure.

Blue block on the left with the lake, river and anywhere I wanted blue or green.
So far, so cool...

Hansa Yellow on the right printed all over the areas surrounding the lake to make my brown eyes, to make some of my blue areas green.

The transparent sienna/orange plate was really a second state. After printing the first three plates, I wanted to "kill" the contrast a little and produce two more colors: a light sienna/orange over the cream paper and a slightly more rusty purple/umber over the open areas of the key block.

Next picture is the first three plates combined to make a "State 1" which really makes the blue POP!

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