Today's postings

  1. [Baren 44996] re-covering barens (April Vollmer)
  2. [Baren 44997] BMA exhibition (Clive Lewis)
  3. [Baren 44998] Re: re-covering barens (Barbara Mason)
  4. [Baren 44999] Ethical Question, Sorta (Daniel Dew)
  5. [Baren 45000] Re: Ethical Question, Sorta (Jeannot Barr)
  6. [Baren 45001] Dragon add-on/ new address (Andrew Stone)
  7. [Baren 45002] Re: Dragon add-on/ new address (Louise Cass)
  8. [Baren 45003] Baren Member blogs: Update Notification (Blog Manager)
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Message 1
From: April Vollmer
Date: Fri, 13 Jan 2012 14:01:47 GMT
Subject: [Baren 44996] re-covering barens
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Does anyone know a baren covering service besides McClains? I do my own, but poorly. A few artists have asked me for recommendations. I know Mike Lyon and David Bull both tie a mean baren cover, but they don't offer it as a service. Any suggestions?


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Message 2
From: Clive Lewis
Date: Fri, 13 Jan 2012 15:04:13 GMT
Subject: [Baren 44997] BMA exhibition
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The curator's comments make sense; paper, presses and ink were quite
different from what is available today.

Don't forget that the surfaces of the wood plates that were engraved were
not necessarily smooth nor parallel to the press and that would be used for
long runs which, after a while, would wear or crush parts of the image.
They were using presses which gave an even, overall pressure as opposed to
the more area specific pressure of a baren and that the rough, handmade,
papers were inconsistently rough, the surface thickness varying
considerably. It would have been almost impossible to get consistent ink
coverage by printing dry. Wetting would make it possible to squeeze the
thick areas so that they became, more or less, as thick as the low spots
thus allowing ink to reach the low spots. Without wetting the low spots
would print lighter.

Unless it's handmade, most 'rough' paper nowadays is machine made and the
'roughness' is controlled. A lot has changed over these hundreds of years.


> Another question, this time about wetting paper or not. At the BMA
> exhibition the curator noted that paper needed to be moistened to print
> until the introduction of smooth papers.
> I thought the moistness was to help the ink soak into the paper. What do
> people think about this and what effects can you get on dry paper?
> Thanks, Sue
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Message 3
From: Barbara Mason
Date: Fri, 13 Jan 2012 16:12:20 GMT
Subject: [Baren 44998] Re: re-covering barens
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I don't know of anyone except McClains, I saw a bottle cap the gal who does it for McClains covered with a was so tiny and just amazing. So she is very good at it
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Message 4
From: Daniel Dew
Date: Fri, 13 Jan 2012 17:54:27 GMT
Subject: [Baren 44999] Ethical Question, Sorta
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I am beginning to plan out and carve Psalm 29 in my series of Psalm prints (All in black and white).

It looks as though I will be able to do the print two ways, as a reduction in color and the final black and white for my series.

If I print up say 25 prints as the reduction method (color), then modify the block for the Psalm series (black only), is it OK to start renumbering the Psalm ones?

Daniel L. Dew
Confused in Florida
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Message 5
From: Jeannot Barr
Date: Fri, 13 Jan 2012 18:21:58 GMT
Subject: [Baren 45000] Re: Ethical Question, Sorta
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Yes, as along as you document the differences.
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Message 6
From: Andrew Stone
Date: Fri, 13 Jan 2012 19:28:37 GMT
Subject: [Baren 45001] Dragon add-on/ new address
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Hi all;
I finally got off the fence and decided, despite lots of conflicting deadlines, responsibilities and other get-in-the way of printmaking things to join the Baren Dragon thing.
Black Water in Italian means "sewage" so I don't think I'll be doing a black water dragon.......but I hope to think of something quick and dragon-y, and hopefully graphically interesting, bold and arresting......or at least printable.

For those who are still mailing out Rabbits, Tigers, Rats, Pigeons, ecc.
Please note that I am in Italy for the forseeable future and you should mail late-goers to the address below.

Happy Printing.

Andrew Stone


A. Stone
Via di S.M. a Marignolle 59
Florence, ITALY 50124
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Message 7
From: Louise Cass
Date: Fri, 13 Jan 2012 23:39:16 GMT
Subject: [Baren 45002] Re: Dragon add-on/ new address
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Ha! I finally found this explanation for 2012's dragon!
Louise C
"According to Chinese Five Element Astrology Calendar, 2012
is the *Year of Water Dragon *Female Water. The color of
Water in Five Elements system is related to Black. Therefore
we can say 2012 is a Black Dragon, Water Dragon or Black
Water Dragon year."

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Postings made on [Baren] members' blogs
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Subject: Gallery Show
Posted by: Ellen Shipley

I have 3 paleo pieces in the latest gallery show at the Valencia Town Center Mall.  This is our second gallery show in this wonderful venue.  Santa Clarita Artists Association's very own gallery.  8-]

There is a reception tonight with refreshments until 7pm.  Come by if you're in the area.

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Subject: Wasted Dream II:The Showdown 24th & 25th February 2012

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