Today's postings

  1. [Baren 42462] Sistine Chapel (PLAWING #
  2. [Baren 42463] Ellen's Christmas card (Eileen Corder)
  3. [Baren 42464] Re: 2010 Christmas Card (audley sue wing)
  4. [Baren 42465] SOMEBODY HAS BRUSHES OR BAREN TO SELL? (bcnnyc)
  5. [Baren 42466] RE: SOMEBODY HAS BRUSHES OR BAREN TO SELL? (andrea #
  6. [Baren 42467] Your favorite press? (Melissa West)
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Message 1
Date: Sat, 04 Dec 2010 14:37:46 GMT
Subject: [Baren 42462] Sistine Chapel
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If you look at the end of the chapel with the blue wall, "The Last Judgement,"(Michelangelo painted it seven years after the rest of the ceiling) you will see a strange dark square at the right hand corner where it meets the curve of the ceiling.
That is where the restoration group left an area untouched, to show how much difference there was after it was cleaned. You can see several other spots on the ceiling like it.

Many people take small mirrors to view the reflection, instead of craning their neck. The guards still constantly shout out "No Photo" and "Quiet."
Should be on everyones' bucket list.

Preston Lawing
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Message 2
From: Eileen Corder
Date: Sat, 04 Dec 2010 17:19:36 GMT
Subject: [Baren 42463] Ellen's Christmas card
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Wonderful print for your Christmas card! Very lovely and the sentiment is

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Message 3
From: audley sue wing
Date: Sat, 04 Dec 2010 23:31:10 GMT
Subject: [Baren 42464] Re: 2010 Christmas Card
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Congratulations Ellen on such a simple but effective Christmas card. I love the way the chop mark anchors the sweep of the wall in the composition. I imagine I could just see a glimmer of a star in the dark of the sky between the first opening in the battlement...Seasons Greetings to you Ellen and to all Bareners, have a wonderful Christmas!. - Audley Sue Wing
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Message 4
From: bcnnyc
Date: Sun, 05 Dec 2010 03:42:20 GMT
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I'm Carlota Santamaria, born in Barcelona and base in NY. I'm a
beginer in Moku Hanga.
I am takeing a course with Takuji Hanaka (Great teacher)
And as I am an illustrator, I would love to keep working with
woodblock printing.

The problem is that it is expensive for a beginner to get all the
tools that are needed to start.
So I was wondering if some of the Baren Members has some they want to
sell because of not using them or upgrading to better ones. I'm
looking specially for a Baren and Maru, Hanga and Mizu Bake. If you
have carving tools will be nice too.

I've got a great student set of knifes from Maria Arango. She present
to me at the beginning of my course. I'm really thankful. I add
with this post a picture of my first woodcut and the knifes, wich has
been incredible useful.

I will like to take the chance to thank all of you, to share all this
knowledge, it is very helpful for beginners like me to have Barenforum.

Thanks a lot.
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Message 5
From: andrea #
Date: Sun, 05 Dec 2010 06:21:07 GMT
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Carlota,Welcome to the Baren Forum. I just wanted to drop a note to let you know that the tools you need to do Moku Hanga need not be expensive. I have been doing it for almost two years and the $7 barens you can get from Dick Blick work fine. The price is great and you don't have to recover them when they get a tear. As for cutting tools, an exacto blade works great. As for brushes, I have been using mostly stiff stencil brushes and oil paint brushes. And for wood, left over scraps from house projects, like stair treads. My point is it need not be expensive and make do with what you can turn up. Don't feel like you have to have the authentic Japanese tools to make the art. When you first start out, I think your money is best spent on good paper, for which there is no substitute. But that's just my opinion. Happy Printing,
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Message 6
From: Melissa West
Date: Sun, 05 Dec 2010 07:12:35 GMT
Subject: [Baren 42467] Your favorite press?
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Just curious.... for those of you who use printing presses, two sets
of questions:

1. If you could buy any press at all, which would you get? Why?

2. What press do you use? What do you like most about it? What (if
anything) don't you like?

Doing some long, long-term research here. :)
Thanks for your replies!

Melissa West
816 Hanover St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95062