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Re: Masa findings


Instead of putting the print faced down on a piece of aluminum, try laying it on the aluminum or a piece of glass emulsion side up. Don't squeegee, just let it smooth itself on the support. When dry, you can easily pop it off.

I dry pt/pd prints made on the even thinner "rice paper" that way. Don't need to use the drymount press afterwards. Should work with gum on Masa.

Sam Wang

On May 7, 2008, at 10:06 AM, Keith Gerling wrote:

I love printing gum on Masa paper, but I have to admit that the final
result has something to be desired.  The paper lacks "character" and
is so thin that the dried print is very warped and crinkly.
Dry-mounting works well, but I would really like to find an
alternative that doesn't have such a permanent effect on the print.
Besides, Masa is so thin and light that a stack of 10 prints weighs
about as much as one mount board.

I've played with a couple of flattening ideas that, while ultimately
unsuccessful, still are kind of interesting.  One of them in
particular gives a finished print that is unlike any gum print I have
ever seen - sort of like a ferrotyped silver gelatin print.  I print
on the SMOOTH side,  wet the finished dry print, brush on a layer of
gelatin, and squeegee this to a shiny piece of aluminum face down.  As
the gelatin dries, the print shrinks and it pulls itself off of the
aluminum.  The result is a very shiny gum print.  Unfortunately, it
does very little for the dmax.  Still, it is a rather novel look that
I can see might have some use.


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