Terry King gives an overview of gum bichromate printing, along with a step-by- step guide to the process. Fifteen years ago, I was in a similar. Gum bichromate process definition, a contact printing method in which the image is formed on a coating of sensitized gum containing a suitable colored pigment. In the late s, pictorialist photographers favored a diversity of photographic techniques, including the gum dichromate process. Sometimes superimposed.

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By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Also, to rise to the challenge of the process, you will need to be bull-headed and persistent as there are so many variables and so much that can go wrong. The more pigment you use the less chance the light has to do its work. One would think gum printing has, at last, come of age. A staining pigment will stain the whole of the image area. This stiffens the chain and the resulting stiff gum becomes insoluble in water.

Some are more proccess and achieve different aesthetic results. Part B is a saturated solution of dichromate salt.

Gum bichromate – Wikipedia

Evaluate your negative s first and then your sizing quality if you persist in achieving unsatisfactory results. What I intend to rpocess is give the recipe, details of the materials and their sources, the basic working method and a few useful hints.

I too needed something to enliven my personal photography. Start with a good negative: It can be as simple as taking a digital image procezs using photo manipulating software to invert and flip the shot to a negative making an inkjet print on paper or transparency film.


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Introduction to gum bichromate printing – National Science and Media Museum blog

Some photographers prefer substituting the cyan emulsion in the CMYK separations with a cyanotype layer. After the rinse, place your paper face down in a tray of water for minutes, then gently into another tray for an additional minutes, then finally if needed into a third tray for bichronate same amount of time.

I have been doing my first prints. All the best to you.

Gum bichromate

Label all paper with pencil after sizing. Increasing the levels of light or dichromate, increases the insolubility of the materials which consequently, lessens the contrast.

In the case of the gum print you will need it by the ton. I avoid problems of sizing and lack of lateral stability by using papers that are adequately sized and of adequate weight.

Eventually they overcame, in varying degrees, the myriad of pitfalls encountered on the road to creating wonderful prints. Insert into your contact printer or prcoess with your plate glass see step three in the Cyanotype process. In closing, here are four helpful disciplines you may wish to include in your printing routine: Much has been written about producing digital negatives and using software for alternative processes.

The negative is sandwiched between the prepared paper and a sheet of glass in registration with previous passes. A negative or matrix is then laid over top the emulsion and exposed to a UV light source.


Gum Bichromate Process

Often just a minor adjustment of one or two knobs will make a big difference. For many years and occasionally still I made negatives using the analogue method of enlarging medium format transparencies onto orthochromatic film. If you are intending to make 10 x 8 inch prints there is no problem. Increase your time until you begin to see pleasing images which capture the details of your negatives. Other methods depend upon cumulative misreadings and misunderstandings of writers on the subject for the past years.

Several changes of water bath are necessary to clear the print. As you begin printing in dichromate, try to standardize as many variables preset the console as you can such as paper, pigments, dichromate, gum, etc.

With experience, you will discover that some mixtures require more pigment, others less depending upon, among other things, brand and color. Other tools A 5cc spoon from the pharmacy, long bladed plastic or steel palette knives and a white ceramic tea plate as your palette, map pins and drafting or magic tape, a contact printing frame or two pieces of 5mm plate glass.

You may or may not feel the effects of overexposure, but know that you are being overexposed if drying with a hair dryer. Someone suggested to Demarchy that he should go back to the experiments of the s.