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RE: Artistico Unsized?

Hi Loris, 

(I don't have enough drying room for
sizing in batches).

In a class I attended, a clothes line was hung outside and the paper was
clipped to this. The class prepared enough paper on this one day that
hopefully would last for the semester.

Good Luck, Temi 

-----Original Message-----
From: Loris Medici [mailto:mail@loris.medici.name] 
Sent: Friday, August 24, 2007 9:25 AM
To: alt-photo-process-l@usask.ca
Subject: Artistico Unsized?

I'm quite tired from the war I fought to be able to register the
negative in order to make multiple layer gum prints on thin (70gsm) Masa
paper (null / zero success!) and will switch to 300gsm Fabriano
Artistico. (Old version or new Traditional White - if I'm not totally
confusing the disctintion.)

Do you think it's enough to pre-shrink the paper (using cold - I mean
room temperature - water, not hot) for making 3-4 layers of gum? (5
layers at max.) Or, should I definitely size it? I hate the idea of
sizing paper, it's messy and slow (I don't have enough drying room for
sizing in batches).

I always try to use transparent / semi-transparent and non-staining /
semi-staining colors. (Schmincke brand - it's the only artist quality
watercolour paint I can find in tubes here in Istanbul.) I never got
staining on unsized Masa paper - unless few cases where I used an
overpigmented emulsion. Is it a good indicator that they won't stain
with Artistico too?

Yes, I know I should try and see for myself -> but I really want to have
a nice gum print by the end of the week (I don't have Sunday for
printing -> will be at Istanbul Park for the F1 race) and have little
time. So, hearing some experiences would be good.

BTW, I use digital negatives calibrated for 2A+1B traditional cyanotype
(on Masa Paper) and they work fantastically. I decided to never, never
try to calibrate for different colors, dichromate and pigment strengths
with gum because:
a) I don't have neither time nor patience to achieve this.
b) More than one negative per image is too costly to me. (I had to
switch to Pictorico since I use HP 9180 for making my negatives and I'm
short of Pictorico. Plus, it's bloody expensive compared to Ultrafine.)

Thanks in advance,