Today's postings

  1. [Baren 45208] RE: attaching prints to the block... ("Phare-Camp")
  2. [Baren 45209] Re: attaching prints to the block... (Graham Scholes)
  3. [Baren 45210] Re: attaching prints to the block... (andrea #
  4. [Baren 45211] Re: attaching prints to the block... (Barbara Mason)
  5. [Baren 45212] Baren Member blogs: Update Notification (Blog Manager)
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Message 1
From: "Phare-Camp"
Date: Sun, 04 Mar 2012 23:49:52 GMT
Subject: [Baren 45208] RE: attaching prints to the block...
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Ok, I will say, the only thing I will paste to the block is the initial
keyline drawing...and I don't even care to do that. Much easier to scan the
drawing then inkjet print it onto the "wrong" side of a transparency or
Mylar. Carefully lay the printout printed side down to the block ( ink
doesn't dry on the smooth plastic so once it touches the block do not move
it [take care not to shift the printout as it will smear]). You may want to
tape it to the block so it doesn't shift during the next step...brayer,
baren, spoon or bone folder burnish the backside so the ink transfers from
the transparency to the block. Wipe the residual ink off the transparency
so you can use it again.

Now carve your keyline, proof it, and once its ready for printing get all
your black ink (cheapy speedball works fine for this), brayers, barens and
color blocks lined up and ready...

1 Print the keyline block to the wrong side of the transparency (if you're
using kentos for registration make sure to include them in the printing).

2 Carefully place the transparency onto a block inkside down

3 Hold the transparency while burnishing to transfer the ink to the

4 repeat above steps until you have a keyline transferred to every color
block needed to complete your multicolor print...

Voila! no issues of stretched paper to hassle with -- and no need for laser
printout, no need to waste sheets of paper. No dry mouth and no need to get
calluses on my fingers from hours of lick finger rub - lick finger rub -
lick finger rubbing the paper away from all those blocks...
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Message 2
From: Graham Scholes
Date: Mon, 05 Mar 2012 00:22:18 GMT
Subject: [Baren 45209] Re: attaching prints to the block...
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This seems to be an ingenious method to achieve the key line road map of the design..


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Message 3
From: andrea #
Date: Mon, 05 Mar 2012 01:05:59 GMT
Subject: [Baren 45210] Re: attaching prints to the block...
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I'm glad Patricia posted her method, as the posts regarding pasting papers to blocks always confuse me. I start thinking I am totally missing part of the process. I prepare a block and carve my kento marks and then draw the design with soft pencil onto the block, followed by drawing over with sharpie and then carving the key block. I love those two steps!!! I use close to the same process, but rather than printing onto a transparency I use baker's parchment paper. The ink transfers easily onto the next block but you just have to be careful it doesn't slide. I measure carefully, especially in the corner opposite the registration, and if it is slightly off clean the ink and go again. I repeat the process once the second and subsequent blocks are carved, printing in color onto parchment paper and transferring onto the next prepared block. You end up with a color print on your block, which makes carving the next block even easier. Looks cool too.I am sure I likely picked up this method off the internet somewhere and I wish I could give the artist credit. It is a time saver and takes out using anything plugged in out of the process. If you try it, just be sure that your kento marks are spaced the same on all your blocks, the parchment paper is cut square and measure to double check that it didn't slip while transferring before you carve.Andrea
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Message 4
From: Barbara Mason
Date: Mon, 05 Mar 2012 01:30:21 GMT
Subject: [Baren 45211] Re: attaching prints to the block...
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If you also print the kento mark you are home free....
my best

Digest Appendix

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

Subject: Dragons awake after 12 years sleep !
Posted by: Julio

DSCF0171.JPG        Dragons awaken ! 

  After 12 years of hibernation an old set of New Year Dragon prints awaken to wreak havoc upon a northern suburb of Chicago. The prints were part of the original Baren Chinese New Year Dragon exchange of 2000 (Y2K). They were also part of a Baren exhibit at the Skokie Public Library and after that ran it's course the dragons were silenced until last month when they came out of hibernation to attend a New Year party at Walgreens headquarters. The dragon prints were so well received that they may have found a permanent resting place !

  Among the artists represented: Ruth Leaf, Gary Luedtke, April Vollmer, Maria Arango-Diener, Bea Gold, John Ryrie, Sarah Hauser, Jean Eger Womack, Lynita Shimizu, Julio Rodriguez, Andrea Rich, Barbara Mason, Wanda Robertson, Josephine Severn, Jan Telfer, Phillip Smith, Sylvia Taylor, Jack Reisland, Gayle Cline Wohlken, Horacio Soarez-Neto, Arafat AL-Naim, David Mohallatee, Le Green, Jean Norman Chase, Daryl DePry and others.


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Subject: Money Talks and So Do Words
Posted by: Annie B

From a Google Images search of the word ?money?
I've decided to take a break from the large scale prints that have made up the ?Loaded? series so far and create some smaller works, still on the topic of money. The topic continues to intrigue me, but it also perplexes me and I've found it challenging to work with.

Part of the challenge lies in the fact that money is so deeply embedded in our culture, in our ideas about life, in our daily existence. As we've seen so clearly in the past few years, our global economic system is the strongest driving force on the planet. When it crashes, we all go down. And in many ways, the global economy is now what binds us together as human beings. Economic theories are the most universally held values in the world, business is our common arena, and transactions are our common language. Money is the water we swim in. We love money, we hate money, we want money, we structure our lives around getting money, we make our personal decisions based on how much money we can access at any given time. We need money. None of this is necessarily bad, but because we have internalized these ideas of ownership, property, . . .
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Subject: A New Engraving: Rescued On The Back Of A Goose
Posted by: Andy English

Having caught up with older work, this is the first of two posts about recent engravings, although the first was done at the end of last year.

They are both illustrations commissioned for The Dawn Herald by L. B. Mara. This first one shows a dramatic moment when a baby is rescued from a castle tower on the back of a goose. It was great fun to design, especially playing about with the design of the castle. As will all commissions, it started as a rough sketch and developed into a finished drawing:

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Subject: From a world traveler and the UK
Posted by: Maria

Carol Hetherington from Australia and Canada, writes this:
We moved to Montreal from Austalia in 1995 and my husband spent 11 years working for the United Nations.  He retired in 2006 and we returned to Australia but also kept our home in Montreal.  When our daughter graduated from Concordia University in 2008 we all left Montreal for Whistler in British Columbia, Canada.  We continue to live six months of the year in each country.  I've seen a LOT of snow, worn a lot of tuques, and have a daughter who grew up losing her tuques.  This little block is my homage to the Quebec tuque and snowmen I've seen in all shapes and sizes.  I've brought a little snow and hopefully a little humour to the City of the World.  I'm new to woodcut and I was terrified of that little block of cherry so I kept it simple.

Excellent images! thank you for sending the news from around the world

Mark Mason writes from Clitheroe, Lancashire in the United Kingdom:
Every city needs a park and 'The City of the World' is no exception.
My small Lancashire hometown of Clitheroe is proud to have a Keep (Castle) at it's centre. Around it are the Castle grounds where people gather to play or watch the annual fireworks display. My image shows one of the sets of gates that lead into the park.
I'm proud to be part of this international print project, and to introduce the world to my hometown.

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