Today's postings

  1. [Baren 44767] Baren Exchanges (Marilynn Smith)
  2. [Baren 44768] 50 printmaking blogs (Guadalupe Victorica)
  3. [Baren 44769] Exchange 50 (jennifermartindale #
  4. [Baren 44770] Re: Exchange 50 (key sevn)
  5. [Baren 44771] Exchange #50 (Gayle Wohlken)
  6. [Baren 44772] 50 WOW (Eileen Corder)
  7. [Baren 44773] Fwd: Japan's last remaining swordsmiths. [VIDEO] Fwd: Japan's last remaining swordsmiths. [VIDEO] (Graham Scholes)
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Message 1
From: Marilynn Smith
Date: Thu, 15 Dec 2011 14:56:43 GMT
Subject: [Baren 44767] Baren Exchanges
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Thank you Kristine for your informative reminder concerning exchanges.
I agree that if one does not have the time slot to fulfill the
obligation one should not take on the responsibility.

One thing I have noticed about how I handle exchanges is that if I
feel I have less time I make my print more simple. I have done multi
colored and multi block prints for exchanges. Some times my prints are
not as successful as other times. If I feel I don't have the time
frame for a multi colored multi block print I carve a block and go for
a single color. It is still a print and it does take a smaller amount
of time to produce and I can finish it in time. (unless, of course,
the theme requires multi colored prints)Some times I have not been
overly pleased with my set, but I send it along as it seems to be the
best I could do at that time. Every time I do an exchange I learn
something. There have been times when I thought my print was nice and
I have been all but embarrassed because the prints in the portfolio
were far superior to mine. However, no one has ever complained and I
have learned from other peoples wonderful work. It keeps me striving
to be better next time.

I would encourage everyone to participate in Baren exchanges. Your
prints do not have to be perfect, nor the best, but they do have to
come from you and meet the size, theme and other such requirements AND
the deadline. It is fun to watch beginning printmakers grow with their
skills and to own an early print and a later print is a marvelous
thing. Baren members are not critical people they are helpful people.

Sorry exchange 51 is a small one, maybe everyone is tired after
pulling 100 mini prints? As for me, well, we just got done driving the
Baja and we are still settling in. Also, Christmas is on the way!
Ellen, I have enjoyed watching your developing Christmas card, what a

I have been experiencing paper clinging to the block when I pull my
print off. This makes for a big mess, I have had to scrape and clean
and in a few cases all but re-carve areas to fix the block for it to
be useable again. I will be using a different paper next time. But I
wonder why this happens. I am using what appears to be a hand made
paper I bought here in Mexico. It is lovely but I wonder, perhaps it
has not been sized?

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Message 2
From: Guadalupe Victorica
Date: Thu, 15 Dec 2011 15:52:20 GMT
Subject: [Baren 44768] 50 printmaking blogs
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I am so impressed and honored to have found our Prints for Peace in this web page toguether with so many excellent material about printmaking. I am sorry I missplaced the name of the person who asked me for the information and I want to thank her or him. Do any of you know? I see many familiar names from Baren. Yesterday night I finished my prints for Maria Arangos exchange. After I had finished I read that we could use oil. I only hope the result without oil gives it more impact.I really appreciate the work done by the wood carvers (I mostly do linoleum) it seems so easy in Davids videos. Maybe my tools were not very sharp. I am so glad and proud I did it , I will do more next year. Happy Holidays to all. Saludos from Mexico, Guadalupe
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Message 3
From: jennifermartindale #
Date: Thu, 15 Dec 2011 16:15:10 GMT
Subject: [Baren 44769] Exchange 50
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Joy of joys, the little box just full up with delicious prints has arrived in Dorset UK. Such a little packet, and representing so much work and loving care, they make my heart sing. Thank you to all
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Message 4
From: key sevn
Date: Thu, 15 Dec 2011 17:25:52 GMT
Subject: [Baren 44770] Re: Exchange 50
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!!!! I have the 50th exchange prints.
thanx for the participants for work, and Gayle. packaging was so great and
tidy. The box is lovely and practical, respect for the hard work.
Whole thing was crazy awesome. 100 peoples - I still can't believe.
happy #50 ! baren!

Exhibition of baren 47 and 49 in Olsztyn.
I couldn't participate in exhibiting works but
I was in the gallery today and everything looks OK for the moment. works
framed standing by the wall. people from the gallery did a great work.
tomorrow opening. I will post the pictures from the event.


> Joy of joys, the little box just full up with delicious prints has arrived
> in Dorset UK. Such a little packet, and representing so much work and
> loving care, they make my heart sing. Thank you to all
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Message 5
From: Gayle Wohlken
Date: Thu, 15 Dec 2011 17:36:25 GMT
Subject: [Baren 44771] Exchange #50
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It's good to hear that prints are arriving now in other countries besides the U.S. A coordinator always waits with anticipation to hear that all prints have reached their designation. I realize those going to Mexico and Brazil might take a much longer time, so I will have to be patient about that, but I wish it didn't have to be that way. It seems unfortunate for the artists to have to wait that long to receive their set of prints, but hopefully all will arrive eventually.

Thanks again, participants for your part in these tiny treasure chests.

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Message 6
From: Eileen Corder
Date: Fri, 16 Dec 2011 02:54:04 GMT
Subject: [Baren 44772] 50 WOW
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Got my prints today and WOW! Collating 30 regular size prints is hard;
10,000 itsy-bitsy ones must be hell! And yet the box is black not red.
Gayle, I was afraid I'd find some of your ashes in there. (Only trying to
get a laugh...Gayle you have raised the bar for efficiency, beauty and
organization. How can we ever repay you for all your effort and elegant
result in this most special of exchanges?)

Thank You to ALL the artists. That 96 different people hung in there is
surprising, heart-warming and commendable.

And thank you to Kristine who, I think, came up with the size. I thought it
would be too small, but, no, the very littleness of it is grand. Thank you!

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Message 7
From: Graham Scholes
Date: Fri, 16 Dec 2011 05:29:30 GMT
Subject: [Baren 44773] Fwd: Japan's last remaining swordsmiths. [VIDEO]
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Interesting to see another Japanese tradition being carried on.