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Re: Gum on masa, again

I've always done prints on glass face up, certainly; otherwise the
gum image would be scraping on the bottom of the tub. And I've
always done prints on very fragile paper, that needs to be supported
on a screen in the water, face up of course. Somehow it hadn't
occurred to me to develop masa face up, but of course that's the
logical solution.


On Oct 12, 2008, at 2:30 PM, Loris Medici wrote:

Thanks. I would never think about developing face up if I hadn't read
it... I was thinking about making special foots that can be
attached to
the corners of the rigid support, so that it stays face down but
touch the surface. Probably will try this before resorting to the
(that is, to develop face up); I just don't like the idea of
fiddling much
with the print during development, which I acknowledge as a
nice'n'effective method for intervention, but find it too stressful
(because of the fear of ruining the print).


13 Ekim 2008, Pazartesi, 12:14 am tarihinde, Keith Gerling yazmış:

No staining.  Most of my work done in the last 8 years had been on
surfaces that don't float so I've become quite accustomed to having
the print face up.  Less surprises that way.    I do give the tray a
good rocking every few minutes to make sure that the print stays
evenly wet.

2008/10/12 Loris Medici <mail@loris.medici.name>:

Keith, how you develop the print face up? That interests me for
prints on rigid surface such as aluminum or wood. Do you agitate the
often? Don't you get staining (due to melted gum/pigment migrating
irrelevant places)?


12 Ekim 2008, Pazar, 10:49 pm tarihinde, Keith Gerling yazmış:

I find masa extremely difficult to handle when wet. I usually
it out of the water - developing it face up - with a sheet of
or plexiglass, hang it up clinging to the support, and then peel
print off of the support after it has dried a little. Certainly
it is
understandable that you would get creases.