Re: Temperaprint

From: pete ^lt;[email protected]>
Date: 01/29/04-05:27:19 AM Z
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Just a few points about Egg-Tempera-Print.To work the process effectively
you must be in tight technical control.! It is not a dabbling process.

Secondly it is highly adhesive. When a surface is prepared properly it will
print on anything, glass, ceramic tiles, glazed or biscuit fired, fabric,
wood, and canvas.However the surface of the substrate you chose must be

The sensitivity of egg is similar to gum when mixed with a saturated
solution of Amm Dichromate.

I have some work of my students egg-tempera-print work on Dick Sullivans
website you may like to look at they show the range of the process


> David,
> My first attempt at egg printing was just two nights ago. I was in one of
> my dabbling moods (as opposed to a measuring and note taking mood) but
> here's what I can tell you:
> I used potassium dichromate, unsized hot pressed paper and I had no
> problems with my emulsion washing away. I did give it a good long (by gum
> standards) exposure.
> It's an interesting looking print, Not quite what I'd exhibit but it
> certainly shows promise.
> Cheers,
> Ian
> At 11:59 PM 1/27/04 -0700, you wrote:
>> Hello all,
>> Amongst my vandyke, cyanotype and gum playing around (yeah, at this
>> stage of practice, It feels more like playing I've also been
>> attempting the TemperaPrint. I have a serious problem with it that I
>> haven't been able to figure out. After exposure, when I'm developing the
>> picture, I keep rubbing off the emulsion. I usually just end up with a
>> white box where my negative was. I've been rubbing very gently, to the
>> point that I'm barely touching the paper. I've tried various brushes
>> from course to super soft to no avail. Several times I've been able to
>> get pieces of my picture to stay and those parts looked great, so I'm
>> pretty sure it's not exposure. I thought maybe there was a problem with
>> the eggs I was using, but I've gone so far as to drive out to the
>> "country" and buy freshly laid eggs and still have the same problem. I
>> was originally using Pot. Dichromate but am now using amm. dich (as per
>> the recipe given by Mr. Fredrick) and I still have the same problem. To
>> top off everything I've tried, I first started using watercolor paper
>> (very heavily sized first) but now I'm using the recommended Yupo. There
>> must be something I'm doing wrong, but I can't figure out what. If this
>> was just something I was doing for fun, I'd move on to something else.
>> Problem is, I love the look of this process, even more than gum and
>> figured I'd ask for some assistance before I continue any further.
>> Two more questions about the process I'd like to ask, for when I get it to
>> work. Is there a difference in using Amm or Pot. Dichromate's other than
>> printing speed or the like? I only ask as I can get the Pot. Dich.
>> locally so that's simply for convenience. Also, how fast does the egg
>> colloid go bad and lose effectiveness? I only ask as I print in the
>> morning and evening (before and after work) and was wondering if say, 12
>> hours would be too long to keep it? I'd test this myself, but I've
>> already got enough
>> Thank you!
>> -David-
>> *****
>> "I don't really trust ideas, especially good ones...."
>> -Robert Rauschenburg
Received on Thu Jan 29 05:17:19 2004

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