Hi Rita, I have missed a lot of the recent
chat through being away, and I can't remember whether you are sizing your paper?
I found I would get patches of underfixed emulsion in very absorbent paper, and
this would indeed look like fungus. I have no idea where the prints are now
unfortunately, as I'm packing everything up preparatory to a life change.....
could you post the images somewhere so we can have a look??
In appreciation of all the advice I received about pesky air bubbles
in the liquid silver emulsion process, I wanted to report back on my
experiences. I tried everything that was suggested, but most of the
remedies left stains or created other obstacles to getting a smooth coating on
the Japanese paper I have been using. My bubbles must be especially
intractable because attacking them with a brush, or a glass rod coated with
emulsion, only served to move them from place to place. The one thing
that worked reasonably well was Everclear (thanks Chris), but only if I
touched an eyedropper to the vodka, and then touched that dropper to the
emulsion (literally a "touch", and not a squeezed drop).
Of course, once I solved that problem, another one surfaced. (This
process has got to be one of the most mysterious and fraught with
difficulties.) Although I don't vary my working process,
I sometimes have sessions where the backs of my paper (Gampi) are full of
stains that look almost like a fungus; they show through to the printed
side (in a way that almost looks to be eroding the emulsion), making the print
look like it has...um...the measles (brown spots instead of red,
though). I would suspect that these measles were a virus
contaminating the list, but I had them before they surfaced recently in
connection with solarplate images.
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