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Re: My first platinum-palladium over gold leaf prints

Yeah, I feel the same way, Keith. I talk about "danotypes" when I teach palladium over ink jet, and now yet another process to whet a class's appetite with.

Dan, is there any reason you couldn't "tightwad" it and use gold acrylic pigment?

----- Original Message ----- From: "Keith Gerling" <keith.gerling@gmail.com>
To: <alt-photo-process-l@usask.ca>
Sent: Thursday, February 14, 2008 9:07 AM
Subject: Re: My first platinum-palladium over gold leaf prints

Dan, these are great.  I've been wanting to incorporate gold leaf into
my work for some time now, and it seems as if you hit on a great
solution.  So can I just steal this idea and run with it, or should I
call it a Danotype?

Is there any reason why the leaf has to me permanently affixed to the
velum, or can I just swap out the leaf and use it for another print?



On Sat, Feb 9, 2008 at 8:48 PM, Dan Burkholder <fdanb@aol.com> wrote:
 This evening I finally photographed the first group of platinum/
 palladium over gold leaf prints. I've printed more than the nine on
 this site but these are the most successful to date. After doing a lot
 of inkjet printing over the past couple years, it felt very refreshing
 to be involved with handmade processes once again. In some way, this
 work is almost a rebellion to the direction most photography is
 taking. The prints are small (4"x6" up to 5.5"x8.5"), unlike the trend
 to giantism that the medium is experiencing. I also wanted to make
 prints with a look and feel unlike anything we can produce with an
 inkjet printer.

 I started testing different vellums and sizes in December and am
 starting to get a feel for what works and what doesn't. The harder
 issue (for me at least) is learning what type of images work well in
 this combination and which don't. It's like all of photography; the
 "why's" are always more difficult than the "how's."

 The images themselves are a mix of old and new, taking some years-old
 images that are favorites along with new work from our new home in
 upstate New York and exploring the print impact with the gold. The
 "Flatiron in Spring, New York" image is my first effort at bimetal
 gilding. The Flatiron is in palladium leaf and the rest of the print
 is in 24K gold. I'm eager to do more of this Au/Pd leafing. I gotta
 admit that there's something fun about making prints in which the
 final image is comprised of three precious metals, all of which are
 completely insensitive to light. ;^)

 I will be out of pocket for a couple of days and won't be able to
 reply very promptly to questions or comments.

 Thanks for looking here: