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Re: My first platinum-palladium over gold leaf prints

On 14 feb 2008, at 19:22, Keith Gerling wrote:

Heh - I just tried the ultimate in tightwadding it.  I was trying to
get a feel for how this process might work, and having no gold leaf or
platinum/palladium, I printed a cyanotype on velum and varnished it
onto aluminum foil.  Doesn't look half bad, actually. Po man's

Since christmas some years ago i use the 'golden' aluminium foil, just the stuff used for packing presents; if you make an inkjet print on transparent material , stick it to the 'golden foil' and it is my poor mans solution for the 'rich golden flow of light :-)

BTW, Jerrry's Artorama is having a 20% off Valentines Days sale for
purchases over $90.  Buyers of precious metal leaf should have no
problem hitting $90...

On Thu, Feb 14, 2008 at 11:04 AM, Christina Z. Anderson
<zphoto@montana.net> wrote:
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

----- 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: