Re: a few notes on my first few gum prints...
I never use a second brush for smoothing. First, when you are doing multicoat, the several layers will tend to average any irregularity.
And second, with a hot climate like we have in Madrid, the coat will be almost dry when I finish covering the paper with the first brush anyway, so a secon brush would get stuck to the gum. At first I triend this approach but it was worse. When it is 30 centigrades inside and 20% relative humidity and you are attempting to coat a A3 size surface you don't have too much spare time for smoothing, if any. Of course in wetter climates this can change.
What I do when I feel that I'll be having coating difficulties is to wet the paper slightly before coating, as Geoff suggests, or mix some additional water in the emulsion.
As for brushes, yes you definitely need something with spring. I use Spanish Escoda brushes 2 inches wide with natural hair (Chungking hog bristle, actually). The ones with synthetic thin hairs have such high capillarity that the gum mix will stay mostly in the brush, and won't release it easily so you will need to load them much more.
Your second image BTW is very good :-)
On Sat, Jul 4, 2009 at 8:36 AM, Paul Viapiano <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote: