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Re: Masa findings

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  • Subject: Re: Masa findings
  • From: Keith Gerling <keith.gerling@gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 07 May 2008 16:16:36 -0500
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Thanks, Sam.  I've done that, and it looks good for awhile.  But then
the crinkly finish returns.  I think it is more a matter of the
varying degree of gum warping the surface.  The gelatin pulls
everything together and even things out.

I forgot to mention something regarding this:  when I tried to adhere
the rough side to the aluminum with gelatin, it did NOT let loose.
Totally glued the paper to the surface.

On Wed, May 7, 2008 at 3:08 PM, sam wang <stwang@bellsouth.net> wrote:
> Keith,
>  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.
> >
> > Keith
> >