Today's postings

  1. [Baren 44402] RE: New Baren Digest (HTML) V57 #5779 (Oct 19, 2011) (Kristine Alder)
  2. [Baren 44403] Re:Print week NYC (Barbara Mason)
  3. [Baren 44404] Re: attenton to detail! ("Maria Arango Diener")
  4. [Baren 44405] Re: New Baren Digest (HTML) V57 #5779 (Oct 19, 2011) (Diane Cutter)
  5. [Baren 44406] Re:Print week NYC (mary caulfield)
  6. [Baren 44407] Re: Baren Digest (old) V57 #5769 (Sonia Jensen)
  7. [Baren 44408] Baren Member blogs: Update Notification (Blog Manager)
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Message 1
From: Kristine Alder
Date: Wed, 19 Oct 2011 14:24:18 GMT
Subject: [Baren 44402] RE: New Baren Digest (HTML) V57 #5779 (Oct 19, 2011)
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Just a note regarding Artist Trading Cards--those who have been involved in the ATC experience will know this, but just a reminder, and information for those who may not already know: if you are producing ATCs, they are not meant to be sold. They are meant to be traded amongst fellow artists (hence the word "trading" in the title).
If your plan is to sell these works, they should not be called Artist Trading Cards, but rather be listed as small or miniature works of art. For more information on ATCs you can check out various sites online, but this one supposed to be the originator of the project:
There are also some great resources out there in print. Check out the book Artist Trading Card Workshop by Bernie Berlin. And lest you think there is no printmaking connection here, many ATC artists use various printmaking techniques, especially relief printing, combined with other mixed media in the creation of their works.

Kristine Alder
Baren Exchange Manager
St. George, UT
Art Educator/Printmaker/Book Artist/Graphic Design

"The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it,
but that it is too low and we reach it." --Michelangelo
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Message 2
From: Barbara Mason
Date: Wed, 19 Oct 2011 14:33:45 GMT
Subject: [Baren 44403] Re:Print week NYC
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The Leo House in Chelsea....inexpensive and clean and safe
Good luck
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Message 3
From: "Maria Arango Diener"
Date: Wed, 19 Oct 2011 14:42:28 GMT
Subject: [Baren 44404] Re: attenton to detail!
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Aww shucks, thanks Ellen, I needed that!!



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Message 4
From: Diane Cutter
Date: Wed, 19 Oct 2011 14:42:56 GMT
Subject: [Baren 44405] Re: New Baren Digest (HTML) V57 #5779 (Oct 19, 2011)
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If you are going to sell your ATCs they should be called ACEOs instead (Art Cards, Editions and Originals). Most buyers don't know the difference but so you feel more comfortable with the nomenclature, here's some info:


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Message 5
From: mary caulfield
Date: Wed, 19 Oct 2011 15:29:03 GMT
Subject: [Baren 44406] Re:Print week NYC
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Looks good but all booked for that weekend...thanks for the suggestion!
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Message 6
From: Sonia Jensen
Date: Wed, 19 Oct 2011 22:13:37 GMT
Subject: [Baren 44407] Re: Baren Digest (old) V57 #5769
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So would I!! Sonia

Digest Appendix

Postings made on [Baren] members' blogs
over the past 24 hours ...

Subject: Smoke
Posted by: Annie B

Japanese-method woodblock (moku hanga)
Image size: 35" x 21" (89 x 53 cm)
Paper size: 38.5" x 25" (98 x 63.5 cm)
2 shina plywood blocks, 1 birch block
10 hand-rubbed color layers
Paper: Shikoku White
Edition: 5

Car image is from a news photo of a burned-out automobile in Iraq.
Smoke design is adapted and enlarged from design on the back of a U.S. dollar bill.__________________________________

I meant to invoke all the money that the United States has wasted on war for the past 10 years, but as I worked with the image I began to see other meanings as well -- the money we spend to maintain our petroleum culture, the collapse of the auto industry, the costs of both war and oil relative to our environment. Maybe there's more. I'm trying not to over-think this series, trying to follow my initial self-assignment of using a dollar bill as my starting point and allow images that appeal to me to be just that -- images that appeal to me. This one felt right.

On a technical note, and this is one of the big drawbacks of publicly blogging my process, many of my fellow printmakers commented on the beautiful wood grain that appeared in the smoke after four layers of brown. I hadn't expected that, but I liked it and I was upset and conflicted when it disappeared upon adding the . . .
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Subject: October Update, where have I been?
Posted by: Maria

I've been in the studio, of course!
Working on the "Baby Grand", a tiny print with a larger than life subject for (what else!) the ( 50th Anniversary Exchange. I thought everyone in the world should have the Grand Canyon in their pocket.

I'm busy working on block number 4 of 9 blocks but they go quickly. The print is 2.5 by 3.5 inches (ACEO size) and it is delightful to work on. All the blocks are carved, now I'm just printing like a mad woman, an edition of 160.

The Grand Canyon is all about color so I'm going to make this tiny print huge in palette. Well, it's all about size too and thus my tiny representation. I was going to call it Pocket Canyon but I think Baby Grand is better. What do you think?

Here are the first three blocks:
Right to left: The key block, blue background, green foreground trees.
And here is the fruit of my labor so far...all those tiny prints! I built a registration board just for these little cherry blocks and also a small printing "baren" made of wood buttons and a doorknob. Works like a charm!
All these tiny prints will be trimmed even smaller when finished. I had to leave a margin to register properly.

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Subject: Meanwhile, back at the ranch ...
Posted by: Dave Bull

In complete contrast to the struggles that I have been having with the 'outside' staff working on Mokuhankan projects, I can report that the 'insiders' are coming along very well!

We passed a small (and un-noticed) milestone yesterday afternoon - the first work done by one of the new printers has made its way into the Mokuhankan catalogue. A couple of weeks back, when Tsushima-san was working on the Koryusai Peony print, we thought this might happen with that one, but her final prints still weren't quite good enough to sell. We're going to come back to that one a bit later, but the oncoming Gift Print season has made us put it aside for now.

And yes, it is with the Gift Prints that Tsushima-san has joined the 'productive' team here. She and I did a run of the Hokusai 'Floating Carp' print yesterday and today, and out of the 52 sheets we had in the batch ... we have 52 that are good enough to go out, a ratio I can live with!

She cut and prepped the paper (including moistening it), I printed the key block, she did a couple of the colours, and I then finished the batch off in the evening after she had left. Today, she mounted them all on card stock, and we've put them into the drawer to wait for the wrapping stage later (which we'll do after a bunch of the other prints are also ready ...)

I myself am now doing the first batch of 50 of this year's upcoming new Gift Print (which will be unveiled when the page goes live around the end of the month), and next week we'll do another 50 or so of these together, along with some more batches of the other prints in the 'series'. Once we have enough stock on hand of them all to see us through November/December, she'll return to her practice routines (and I'll finally be able to get going on my own next print!)

As you can imagine, she's pretty pleased to be able to actually start contributing to the running of this place. And I too am of course happy to have the money start - just a little bit - to flow the other way. I think in years to come, she'll be a very good asset ...

As for Ishigami-san, having started a couple of months later, she is still not quite ready for prime time. Here are the two of them beavering away the other day (Tsushima-san is sitting at my own work station, as I have yet to build a second work place for these women):

What kind of stuff is Ishigami-san working on?

Well, I'm not supposed to show you. Not that we here have anything to hide; it's just that she is using some blocks that I carved many years ago for kids to use at a Culture Day event, and they involve copyright material that I have no permission to use. Perhaps you will recognize some of these characters ... (these are clickable for enlargements)


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Subject: Warbler linocut progress
Posted by: Sherrie Y

Pass number five, and it's starting to look like something. I decided to try and do something nebulous in the background, just some odd shapes. I may decide I hate it, but so far it's okay.

I envision one more transparent pass in the background, but there might be two. Two colors remain in the bird and wire and they'll be fairly opaque.

This item is taken from the blog Brush and Baren.
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Subject: An Old Plum Tree and A Memorial
Posted by: Maria

The latest arrivals, just catching up on the photo taking and updating.

From my home state of Nevada, a beautiful tree image.

NAME:  CarolynMcLeod

LOCATION:  Reno,Nevada USA

IMAGE:  An oldplum tree in my garden, partly influenced by a recent Japanese-style woodblockprintmaking class.

And a heart felt Memorial dedicated to Barbara Patera, graciously carved by Sharri LaPierre.

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