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Re: Ruined 3rd tricolor gum print! Grrrr...

Hi Chris,
Just a word about 'flakes':
thanks for the clarification; in my case it happens when the paper wasn't dry enough; i had the impression that the new coating did not stick to the paper evenly due to the fact that the humidity in my darkroom was too high; the paper wasn't that dry before putting a new layer on. It happens also by multi-layer-monochrome gums.
By the way, there will be an interesting alt-exhibition october next in Brussels, gum- oil- cyano- carbon prints etc. :


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On 22 sep 2008, at 16:39, Christina Z. Anderson wrote:

Isn't it neat when gum starts working out for you! I just got an offlist message from a woman who has been doing gum for over 30 years that I never knew and I was pleased that she was still doing it, unlike Demachy who "got it" and then gave it up after 10 years.

Henk says:
The last layer with cyan brings for me the real thing (the older ones , starting with cyan, the blue stays too prominent for me);
I agree, too, Henk. With the cyan the print all of a sudden looks normal. It's like an AHA when it is done. The print up on my website that has a lot of blue background, however, is Delft Blue (Snake 2). This color PB60 is a wonderful final coat--a bit more muted and more red of a blue than thalo.

my dictionary is right in translating 'flakes', i think it is more or less the same as the 'fish-eyes', anyway, I have the same phenomena (also with some monochrome gumprints , often after a third coating) and the remedy which works for me, is just continuing the smoothing with a fresh hakebrush.
"Flakes" is after exposure and during the development bath--bits of the gum layer falls off and produces a gritty texture.

"Fish-eyes" is during coating.