fotodude asked: The saturation is beyond what I thought possible with Gum as most works I’ve seen were “only” 3 or 4 layers. With your process of coating, UV exposure, 30 min water bath development, drying, etc, that is 12 layers! Not to mention your prelim sizing steps. The BFK Rives must hold up well for these many cycles.
Thanks. The 250 gram Rives is a good weight, takes the sizing/hardening really well and holds up fine through multiple soakings (sometimes even in hot water). I haven’t experimented much with other papers-although some of my students are more intrepid than I am. I’ll share their successes.
Tony Gonzalez is an artist currently living in New York City. He received his BFA from the Cooper Union School of Art and his MFA from Yale University. In addition to working as a fine art photographer, Gonzalez has taught photography for 30 years including at The Cooper Union, Pratt Institute and New York University. Since 2002, Gonzalez has been teaching full-time at Queens College, CUNY and is currently a Tenured Professor and Deputy Chair of the Photography & Imaging program. Gonzalez is a contributing author for The Book of Alternative Photographic Processes, Second Edition and Third Edition by Christopher James and is featured most recently in the news book Gum Printing, A Step-by-Step Manual Highlighting Artists and Their Creative Practice by Christina Z. Anderson and Alternate Processes in Photography by Brian Arnold.
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