Re: Gum on Masa
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Thanks, Rajul, for introducing me to this paper. I had very bad
results trying to mount the paper to a firm support. Air bubbles
would expand and cause all kinds of havoc. But I can certainly
imagine that how multiple coats would be far easier with a support.
On Mon, Mar 17, 2008 at 10:32 AM, Rajul <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> You have demonstrated how sensitive and responsive Masa is, and it
> befits the subject eminently. Thanks for sharing.
> I work with ~8 x 10's (my trays and sink are a limitation), but I have
> been able to do anywhere from 5 - 6 gum passes with or without Cyano,
> slipping in a formalinized gelatin sizing as and when needed. The paper
> has held beautifully, probably due to
> the dimensions of my prints, and mounting Masa on a transparent support.
> I am readying a series of prints for the Art Ark Gallery
> (<www.theartark.com>) for an April showing, the subject being a
> homestead on a local tobacco farm (a Kelowna landmark) that has had 5
> generations of a pioneer family witness its gracious aging.
> On 17-Mar-08, at 6:30 AM, Keith Gerling wrote:
> > I've been making gum photos on Masa paper.. Here is a link to some
> > current work featuring dancers:
> > http://www.gumphoto.com/masa/index.htm
> > Yes, too many - I'm still editing. As is usually the case with
> > on-line gums, only a resemblance seems to exist between the displayed
> > image and the actual print. Here is a close-up to demonstrate
> > detail::
> > http://www.gumphoto.com/masa/detail2.jpg
> > As I have only used alternative substrates for the last 5 years
> > (mostly aluminum and gessoed tar paper) it took me awhile to get the
> > hang of printing on paper, especially a paper as thin as Masa, I had
> > to re-learn the entire gumprinting process and to make the learning
> > curve especially tricky I also am using inkjet negatives for the first
> > time in nearly nine years. The Masa I purchase comes in sheets of
> > 21x31, large enough for a decent sized print and cut in half provides
> > almost the same perspective, so there is little waste (which isn't an
> > issue anyway because it is so cheap). These are all gum over
> > cyanotype and are 12x18 inches on half sheets. They were printed with
> > baby-oiled paper negatives. Some observations:
> > Masa is very thin, so on the positive side, it is 1) inexpensive, 2)
> > very easy to register multiple layers, 3) very fast to dry.
> > On the negative side, it is very flimsy and thus difficult to handle
> > when wet. Also, and this is the biggest disadvantage I can see when
> > compared to other papers, it gets very disagreeable when one attempts
> > more than three layers of gum. I can do it, but it is certainly a
> > challenge I'm not a huge fan of using cyanotype as my blue layer,
> > but my usually practice of adding layer upon layer to build up density
> > is not an option. However, it takes a cyano layer very nicely, so
> > rich blacks can be had fairly easily.
> > I'm working now with full sized sheets and the results are very
> > promising. The biggest problem is keeping a larger oiled negative
> > registered while trying to place it under a piece of glass with a
> > sheet of mylar between the negative and the print. Much easier with a
> > smaller print where I can use a contact printing frame.
> > Keith