One of my Printing / Learning sessions in 4 color Gum Dichromate Printing

Discussion in 'Alternative Processes' started by michael9793, Dec 10, 2011.

  1. michael9793

    michael9793 Member

    Feb 4, 2003
    Fort Myers,
    ULarge Format
    Yesterday I started a new print and of course I'm still learning so I'm trying to tweak my style. I have been reading about using Cyanotype to start the print process then go to the gum colors. So I started with a Cyanotype which was underexposed but I did get some of the shadow areas covered. Then I went to yellow gum color and I usually use the formula 1/2ml yellow, 3ml gum, 3ml dichro. What has been happening is I get a build up of color to the point it begins to flake around the edges. So this time I went with the same formula but less than 1/2 ml of color. I felt that if it wasn't strong enough I could add another layer of color.
    When I finished with the cyan color at the end it just did not have the deep blacks I was looking for. So I added the black and there was my darker shadows. The color seemed washed out due to the amount of color added. I added another layer of Y,M,C. this gave me much deeper colors and over all a much less washed out print. There was a total of 8 layers and the build up was minimal.
    How does this sound to how many of you are doing this process.
    thank you for reading and responding. :blink: :smile: