Today's postings

  1. [Baren 44414] Re: Thanks for the cute year of the Rabbit - Does printmaking exist? (Annie Bissett)
  2. [Baren 44415] Re: Thanks for the cute year of the Rabbit - Does printmaking exist? (Elizabeth Atwood)
  3. [Baren 44416] 100 tiny prints (Barbara Mason)
  4. [Baren 44417] RE: 100 tiny prints ("Maria Arango Diener")
  5. [Baren 44418] Re: 100 tiny prints ("Bea Gold")
  6. [Baren 44419] Re: 100 tiny prints (Raymond Hudson)
  7. [Baren 44420] Re: #50 Print Exchange/Request Extension for most of us (Julio.Rodriguez #
  8. [Baren 44421] Does Printmaking exist (Mellissa Read-Devine)
  9. [Baren 44422] new member!!! (Glenn Peepeehed)
  10. [Baren 44423] Baren Member blogs: Update Notification (Blog Manager)
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Message 1
From: Annie Bissett
Date: Fri, 21 Oct 2011 13:29:16 GMT
Subject: [Baren 44414] Re: Thanks for the cute year of the Rabbit - Does printmaking exist?
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Marilynn, I'm sorry to hear that your printmaking doesn't exist! I don't know how far back in American history the "American Heritage Contest" is going, but your post made me think about Paul Revere who made dozens of wood engravings in his lifetime.

Some of Paul Revere's work:

Keep on printing!

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Message 2
From: Elizabeth Atwood
Date: Fri, 21 Oct 2011 13:57:03 GMT
Subject: [Baren 44415] Re: Thanks for the cute year of the Rabbit - Does printmaking exist?
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Annie.............Interestiing is the Paul Revere illustrations. BUT
I wonder what a "woodcut in lead" means. Beyond my ken..... E.Atwood
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Message 3
From: Barbara Mason
Date: Fri, 21 Oct 2011 14:35:18 GMT
Subject: [Baren 44416] 100 tiny prints
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My heart aches for your horrible year...I have had them myself so know how devastating they can be. I wish you well with your mom and sister. There is no easy way to get through this.

It is unfair to everyone who has gotten their prints in to extend the deadline two months. However, when you finish your prints, send them to me and I will send them out to everyone and we will save your set until you are able to get yours done. I am sure Gayle will be ok with this and will send me all the addresses. This will relieve your stress and allow the exchange to go on as planned and eventually have all 100 tiny prints in everyone's collection. I agree they have taken time, I have printed 6 impressions with three colors, although one could not tell that by seeing them...for a simple print it was a lot of work and I think the first time I have printed 100 of anything all in a row.
My very best to you
Barbara Masoon
4440 SW 198th
Aloha OR 97007

From:jerelee basist
Sent:Friday, October 21, 2011 5:26 AM
Subject:[Baren 44412] RE: #50 Print Exchange/Request Extension for most of us

Dear Fellow Bareners in Exchange #50, I am requesting an extension for delivering my 101 prints to you.
Please forgive me for not getting these lovely little prints to you. I am an extremly responsible person and know I owe you the time and effort that you also put into your prints, which will eventually be delivered to me. Oh, what joy I have had when prints arrive at my doorstep.
Couild we extend the deadline to the end of the year? Is there a reason why it has to be November 1st? To be quite frank, I wish the exchange had been capped so a more realistic amount of time could have been devoted to them. Just because they are little doesn't mean it takes less time to print..

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Message 4
From: "Maria Arango Diener"
Date: Fri, 21 Oct 2011 15:03:35 GMT
Subject: [Baren 44417] RE: 100 tiny prints
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Jerelee, I'm with you in spirit. I took care of my Papi for a long time and
it wrecks your life but it is a true labor of love. Now I'm driving Vegas to
Kansas three or four times a year to care for my hubby's mother.

If Barbara puts in the time, I'll contribute the postage. Barbara I'll send
you a couple of rolls of Forever Stamps; when I ship a single small print it
isn't more than an ounce, sometimes two. But two rolls should cover even our
International friends. HEY! I can buy LOVE stamps!!



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Message 5
From: "Bea Gold"
Date: Fri, 21 Oct 2011 16:04:04 GMT
Subject: [Baren 44418] Re: 100 tiny prints
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I would be happy to pitch in as well. I understand family issues! Bea Gold
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Message 6
From: Raymond Hudson
Date: Fri, 21 Oct 2011 16:17:31 GMT
Subject: [Baren 44419] Re: 100 tiny prints
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As would I. What a great group this is.
Ray Hudson
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Message 7
From: Julio.Rodriguez #
Date: Fri, 21 Oct 2011 16:41:19 GMT
Subject: [Baren 44420] Re: #50 Print Exchange/Request Extension for most of us
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Hi Jerelee,

As someone who also has a mom in a nursing home I certainly understand
what you are going through. My mom is 84 and in decent health but her
problem is related to mobility, bad knees, can't walk at all due to the
pain and she does not want to attempt knee replacement at her age and
weight. Just wanted to let you know we understand, life has a way to take
control of us sometime...hang in there !

here's hoping all the best for you and your family.....Julio Rodriguez
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Message 8
From: Mellissa Read-Devine
Date: Fri, 21 Oct 2011 23:28:25 GMT
Subject: [Baren 44421] Does Printmaking exist
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lol Marilynn, one of THOSE situations. Still amazed how many societies and groups dont have much of an opinion of Printmaking, if at all.

Here in Sydney I have joined a craft society as a printmaker - which most of their buyers know nothing about - I was was 'comforted' in the first show which afforded no sales with -'Dont worry, maybe next year when they get used to you"
The Royal Easter Show only recently put in a printmaking section - which I am pleased to say has some very nice prize money (I won one year!)
Another show wont have printmaking in their arts section, delegating it to craft.
Most tack it onto the Works on Paper section so one has to compete with the Drawers & the Pastellists, who may not have their own section either.

Its still a challenging battle to get you and your work out there and show the world what we are about. Educate, Encourage and if all fails, Jump Up and Down.

Mellissa Read-Devine
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Message 9
From: Glenn Peepeehed
Date: Fri, 21 Oct 2011 23:45:38 GMT
Subject: [Baren 44422] new member!!!
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hi all!

i am a newcomer to this amazing forum. it is energizing and inspirational to see a community of woodblock printmakers online.

the instructions say to not include attachments or html, so here is a link to a page of my blog. it is a two color reduction lino print i did earlier this year. my blog is somewhat tattoo-centric, because this is my chosen craft (12 years and going strong). interestingly enough, many Japanese woodcut artists pioneered early artistic tattooing in Japan and use the same character, 'hori', in their titles. look at Kuniyoshi, the movement and drama of his prints translate perfectly to Tattoo.

i look forward to being a member of your forum and bettering myself as an artist and craftsman.


ps. critique is welcome and appreciated, thank you!!!

Digest Appendix

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

Subject: Winter approaches ...
Posted by: Dave Bull

In a post I made yesterday over on the Mokuhankan Conversations, I included a photo of the two ladies working away. At the top of the image, you can see one of the (many) places where the construction of this workroom has been stalled for quite some time - one of the roof beams still not insulated:

While the three of us were working the other day, our discussion turned to the topic of the approaching winter. Both of them are already thinking that this room is a bit 'chilly', and as this is only mid-October, they are understandably concerned about what is coming up.

I then made a bit of a mistake by recounting an anecdote about some left-over coffee in a cup one day last winter, and what happened to it overnight ...

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Subject: Today's Production
Posted by: Ellen Shipley

Another productive morning.  As others have noted, once you cross the 50th print, you're sort of in the groove.  I cranked out another 33 prints today.  I could have continued but we're time-sharing the kitchen table and Bill wanted his breakfast.  ;- j  Tomorrow, Monday for sure, I'll have them all done.  They're drying really fast.

It really was in the groove.  The day wasn't dry like it was yesterday -- I had an idea it might be good printing when we found ourselves in a cloud last night when we took Loki for his walkies.  I only had to clean the block a couple times in all that printing, and the ink wasn't drying out as fast either.

I'm really in the groove now.  No wasted motion anymore.  I love it when the block practically prints itself.  Tore down more paper strips (4 and 5 to a strip, as it turns out) of Arches 88, marked them in pencil where each block should land, recarved the ends of the block to clean up the messy inky bits that were accumulating (plus opened up a couple lines that seemed to have smooshed closed -- technical term).  Also went over the block with a stylus to dig out . . .
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