Re: 1st tricolor on Masa. Impressions...
Yep, it all makes sense, which makes me feel better. (I don't like
it when things don't make sense.)
But there's another part that just occurred to me, something I'm
doing that puts stress on the paper and could well be adding to this
problem. The paper I've been using for the last couple of years
(Arches bright white) is very crisp and tends to be prone to air
bubbles that spoil the print if they're left for more than a few
minutes (unlike other papers I've used where the circles from
occasional air bubbles are easily rectifiable; a few more minutes in
the wash and they're gone) so I've developed some habits designed to
ensure no air bubbles. One of them is that when I first put the
paper in the water, I dip it in face up and swish it around for half
a minute or so, manipulating the paper to wash water repeatedly
across the print until the dichromate is rinsed out and the face of
the print is wet through; then I turn it over and carefully rest it
face down. I realized that I've done the same thing with the masa
paper, since it's such a well-established habit I do it without
thinking. So if there's another reason beyond just the stock being a
lighter stock, it's probably that I need to knock that off when I'm
working with the masa and just introduce it gently into the water,
face up, and leave it alone except for occasionally washing some
fresh water across it (by moving the water, not by moving the paper).
One of those d'oh kind of things.
Thanks everyone, for thoughts,
On Oct 12, 2008, at 5:12 PM, Loris Medici wrote:
13 Ekim 2008, Pazartesi, 2:33 am tarihinde, Katharine Thayer yazmış:Could be, I'll see it for myself (in gum printing context) as soon... The thought about my paper being lighter/thinner is an interesting one, if Keith hadn't piped up and said that he also finds the paper extremely difficult to handle when wet, I would think that explains the difference between my experience and others, but as it is I'm inclined to think it's a function of the size of the paper, since Keith and I are printing at similar paper sizes. ...