pmutti-blog asked: I am having problems with all my prints developing a crackled surface, but the paint doesn’t flake off. I am using Rives BFK paper and Gamblin PVA for sizing. Do you know what is causing this problem? When you use gelatin for sizing do you have to use any additional hardening agents? I would appreciate any ideas to solve the problem. Thank you, pmutti
It sounds like a sizing issue which what may be causing the staining you’re having. After sizing with Knox Gelatin I will harden the gelatin using Glyoxal. I haven’t used the Gamblin PVA for sizing. Christopher James combines the Glyoxal with his gelatin to size and harden in one step. You can check out my post on sizing for more detailed information on my process. Hope this helps. Tony
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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