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Re: Gum printing technique

Hi Laura and All,
I don't usually follow links to youtube, since I'm still on dialup and it takes forever for videos to load, but Laura's comments got me curious and I downloaded this and watched it this evening. Some thoughts:

Yes, it looks to me there's glass over the negative; you can see reflections in it from the light. The glare is more like the glare off glass than the glare you'd get off film.

As to someone else's question about what he prepped the wood with, I'd say it's almost certainly gesso, as surmised.

I couldn't be sure but it looked like he moved the printing platform under the light to compensate for the size of the light; I do that too to avoid fall-off at the edges when I'm printing larger images.

"Tonal inversion" can serve as a strong image element; who knew?

More seriously, I think this is a good illustration of the truth that immaculate technique and effective work exist on independent vectors; one doesn't necessary follow from the other and vice versa.

On Dec 18, 2007, at 3:03 PM, Laura Valentino wrote:

Maybe there's something to discuss in this video..............?

I found it very interesting to watch and would love to see more of this
type of video!

Interesting bits:
printing on wood
eyeball measurements
powdered pigments
rolling on the gum mixture
3 part negative (and the fact that you do see the lines in the finished
print, but in this case the image is strong enough to hold its own IMO)
size of bank of lights compared to size of print
Is there glass covering the negative during exposure? I can't tell. If
not, that would be interesting too.

This isn't a "how to" video for beginners, but an example of someone's
process, so the no gloves doesn't bother me...but interesting that he
doesn't wear them. Must be a "live dangerously" kinda guy.