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varnishes / was Re: fabriano artistico EW

On Thu, 13 Nov 2008, Paul Viapiano wrote:

Waiting for my prints to dry now...why do they always look so good in the wash and then get a bit hazy after drying down? ;-(
That's the difference between wet and dry ! This has been a perennial issue, first mentioned (AFAIK) by Robert Demachy in one of his first articles about gum printing -- he wrote about watching the "wet look" come back to the dry print when he applied the Vernis Soehnee, or the Soehnee Varnish that I've been trying ever since to identify... It sounds like some kind of shellac or lacquer (being soluble in alcohol). Many formulas for varnishes are listed in old formularies for coating all kinds of prints, but...

I've tried some to NO satisfaction, but plan to try some more... have a list somewhere of possibilities...