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.
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. Keith