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Re: gum on wood panel

I'm using all kinds.  This one was 1/2" MDF.  But even sealing with
polyurethane it swells (I'm playing around with epoxy). MDO is nice,
and is lighter than the MDF, but is the death knell to sawblades and
it is hard to find where I live (and is actually too smooth). The
rougher stuff is nice too, if prepared with a layer of spackle to
smooth out the rough surface. (and if I'm lucky, I can get an
occasional very nice craquelure effect - photos to follow) Oak and
birch I've also used.  I like them all!  Wood is nice and the finished
work is more sculpture-like - it occupies space and doesn't need a
frame.  I'm working on hanging a 12 piece grouping.  It looks nice
even when the prints are hung very close together.   I'll post
pictures of it when complete.

On Tue, Feb 17, 2009 at 6:04 PM, Jim Larimer <jrlarimer@gmail.com> wrote:
> Nicely done, Keith!  Do you use 1/2" ply? Open grain or smooth?
> Jim
> On Tue, Feb 17, 2009 at 4:01 PM, Keith Gerling <keith.gerling@gmail.com>
> wrote:
>> Hi Jake,
>> The print is four layers from three paper negatives:  1st coat
>> magenta, then yellow, then cyan, then another layer using the magenta
>> negative with higher contrast coating of burnt umber.  Everything is
>> registered with an old icepick and I use thumbtacks on the sides of
>> the half-inch wood to keep it all together until I plop a heavy piece
>> of coffee-table glass (30 bucks at Hobby Lobby) on top of it under the
>> NuArc light source.  Developed conventionally by floating face down in
>> a tray of water.  Using a hair dryer to hasten the process, the entire
>> print was completed Saturday.
>> Thanks for your comments!
>> On Tue, Feb 17, 2009 at 4:35 PM, Jake Urben <scienceman200@comcast.net>
>> wrote:
>> > I wouldn't risk messing it up.  Great print though
>> > Did you paint the unexposed pigment onto the wood and then pin the
>> > negative
>> > on? The pinpricks aren't to noticeable by the way
>> > Good Job
>> >
>> > -----Original Message-----
>> > From: Keith Gerling [mailto:keith.gerling@gmail.com]
>> > Sent: Tuesday, February 17, 2009 11:54 AM
>> > To: alt-photo-process-l@usask.ca
>> > Subject: gum on wood panel
>> >
>> > I made this Valentine's Day present for my wife on Saturday.  It is a
>> > picture of our son, a four layer gum print on 16x24 inch wood panel.
>> > It is still just a tad too low in dmax, but out of fear I might mess
>> > it up with another layer, I'm  going to leave it as-is.  In the
>> > corners you can see the pinpricks that I used to register the paper
>> > negatives.
>> >
>> > big:  http://www.gumprint.com/jackgum.jpg
>> > small:  http://www.gumprint.com/jackgumsmall.jpg
>> >
>> >