[alt-photo] Re: New gum pigment

Paul Viapiano viapiano at pacbell.net
Tue Jan 25 02:21:37 GMT 2011

Hi Judy...long time..!

I just wanted to clarify something I said yesterday...where I mentioned that 
I do not preshrink or size and have no problems with registration (this 
being Fabriano EW soft press).

Normally, I coat the paper, let it dry naturally for about 1/2 an hour (I'm 
in the southwest US, low humidity) and expose. That never changes...until 
yesterday. I coated the paper, life intervened, and I ended up slapping the 
neg on about 4-5 hours later. The pinholes I use for registration did not 
line up. Uh oh...so I turned the paper over and brushed some water from a 
foam brush over the image area, just enough to get it damp, waited until the 
shine wore off, maybe 10 minutes or under, flipped it over and registered 



----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Judy Seigel" <jseigel at panix.com>
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Sent: Monday, January 24, 2011 6:12 PM
Subject: [alt-photo] Re: New gum pigment

> On Sun, 23 Jan 2011, Marek Matusz wrote:
>> All, I just started doing gum with graphite pigment. I bought a tube from 
>> Danied Smith, it is called graphite grey. This is the pigment that is 
>> used to make pencils for those that are not very familiar. It is kind of 
>> silvery grey but it can be quite dark. It is really a beautiful 
>> alternative to lamp black. I am on a second gum layer and just realised 
>> that I have not preshrunk the paper. It is impossible to register the 
>> second layer. Oh well I will finish just to have an idea for the two pass 
>> tonality. Has anybody tried it? Marek
> For what it's worth I mention that I've had some success in the past when 
> paper needed more shrinking by giving it a verrry long soak in very hot 
> water...(Drying with heat could help, too, tho none of this is what you 
> could call scientific.)
> However & meanwhile, some papers shrink more than others, if you've got 
> one of those on hand.  (But don't ask me which ones... it's been a while, 
> not to mention that that's more likely to work when you don't want it).
> J.
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