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Re: My first platinum-palladium over gold leaf prints

Hi Keith,

In the U.S. it's hard to get gold leaf (at least in the 24K form) in anything larger than 3 3/8 inch squares. One reason for adhering the gold to the back of the vellum is to get maximum reflectance as the light passes through the paper. Make sense?

Sure, anyone can do this. I don't as yet have any written material on the process but will before teaching it this summer.

Glass has been suggested as a medium but you lose some of the delicacy and textural qualities of the vellum. The membranous paper is rather sexy. ;^)

Hope this helps!


On Feb 14, 2008, at 11:07 AM, Keith Gerling wrote:

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: