U of S | Mailing List Archive | alt-photo-process-l | Re: Daniel Smith Luminescent Watercolors

Re: Daniel Smith Luminescent Watercolors

Hi Deborah,

I've used these as well as the DS interference colors in gum printing.  They work, but never gave me the amount of glitter I had hoped for.  If that is what you are after, it might be better to selectively dust mica flakes onto a printed layer before it dries.

I might try that someday should I ever get the bizarre urge to photograph someone in sequined, "interesting clothes."

I've also used some of the metallic powders and watercolor pigments, and the particles in those paints seem to sink into the emulsion and align themselves so any shine is reduced.


On Jan 22, 2008, at 5:09 PM, Deborah Betz wrote:

Has anybody used the Daniel Smith Luminescent watercolor for gum printing? They  are made from 'mica pigment'  and I am unsure how this would work with gum but they look interesting.

from the Daniel Smith

"Our Luminescent watercolors, unlike anything ever seen in watercolor, simulate the glitter of a watery surface or the luster of mother-of-pearl. They're made from mica pigment, thin transparent particles coated with highly reflective metal oxides. When applied, they create a sense of depth and a sheen that changes with the angle of reflection and observation, sometimes reflecting their complementary colors."

Freedom of expression means you have the right to offend people.

Deborah Betz