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Re: varnishes

Thanks to everyone that responded to my varnish query.  Now I know what to use to varnish the rear deck of my house! hehehehe

thanks again,

Best Wishes,

Mark Nelson

On Nov 15, 2008, at 6:01:09 PM, "Jack Brubaker" <jack@jackbrubaker.com> wrote:
From:"Jack Brubaker" <jack@jackbrubaker.com>
Subject:Re: varnishes
Date:November 15, 2008 6:01:09 PM CST

There are in the commercial printing business many "varnishes" that
are used like ink and overprinted on top of the image to create this
effect. These products are rolled onto a plate either offset or
letterpress and printed over the original printed image. They deepen
the printed darks and even out the gloss of the page. How archival
they are I don't know. They are used primarily in advertising and


On 11/15/08, ender100 <ender100@aol.com> wrote:
> Judy,
> Speaking of varnishes, I was out in San Francisco teaching and a friend
> showed me a boxed set of Paul Strand photogravureshe Mexican Collection.
> This set was a second printing done around 1960 from the original plates
> and is considered the best. Beautiful photogravures. They were also
> varnished with a clear varnish. It really gave them that "wet look" with
> deep blacks. I don't know if any of the list members might know of a
> varnish that is commonly used with photogravures? The varnish extended just
> beyond the image area into the plate mark. I am guessing it might have even
> been sprayed on. It was very even.
> Any thoughts out there?
> Best Wishes,
> Mark Nelson
> Precision Digital Negatives
> PDN Print Forum @ Yahoo! Groups
> Mark Nelson PhotograpOn Nov 14, 2008, at 8:43:46 PM, "Judy Seigel"
> <jseigel@panix.com> wrote:
> From:"Judy Seigel" <jseigel@panix.com>
> Subject:varnishes / was Re: fabriano artistico EW
> Date:November 14, 2008 8:43:46 PM CST
> To:alt-photo-process-l@usask.ca
> 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...
> J.
> --
> hy


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