RE: Spotting Alt Prints

From: Eric Neilsen ^lt;>
Date: 02/14/04-08:55:26 AM Z
Message-id: <000001c3f30a$955d5450$0100a8c0@NEWDELL>

Don, I put some amounts of pigment on a plate that can be used to blend to a
particular type print; platinum/palladium, silver gelatin - toned, untoned,
etc. So I end up with several plates or palettes to work with. Using a
brush that is lightly wetted, I use a small portion of the plate to blend
for each area of the print. Test the blend on a piece of paper from the
edges of the print or another just like it and fill it in; working from the
dry side to avoid pigment running or halos. I also use a bit of Ox Gall to
help with penetration. This is put in the middle of the plate in an amount
of several drops. This seems to allow me to work dry but get the color to
get into the paper.

Each plate gets colors and medium that work well the intended print.
Platinum family prints are spotted with non fugitive watercolors. Silvers
with spot tone. Chrysotype with a different family of water colors due to
the somewhat wild colors compared to platinum/palladium.

After several spotting session I may need to wipe the plate of blended areas
and leave my large blobs to start the blending anew.

Eric Neilsen Photography
4101 Commerce Street
Suite 9
Dallas, TX 75226

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Don Bryant []
> Sent: Friday, February 13, 2004 7:31 PM
> To:
> Subject: Spotting Alt Prints
> Dear List,
> Can anyone share some of their some special techniques or tips about
> spotting alt prints that they use successfully and easily?
> Most of my problems occur trying to spot platinum/palladium prints or
> more often warm tone ziatypes. Specifically, matching the color(s) of
> the tones of the prints seems to be almost impossible at times.
> I can spot with the best of them when it comes to spotting silver
> gelatin prints (neutral and toned prints) using Spot Tone but for Alt
> prints I use Windsor Newton cake watercolors and that doesn't seem to
> always provide matching tones. Thankfully un-toned cyanotypes are the
> easiest to match but color matching for warmed toned prints seems
> elusive.
> Also what about spotting gum prints and gum overs with complex colors?
> Thanks,
> Don Bryant
Received on Sat Feb 14 08:55:30 2004

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