RIP kwik-print?

From: christopher losee ^lt;[email protected]>
Date: 01/24/05-01:07:30 PM Z
Message-id: <BAY24-F3696C8B6D26405C3B87162AE850@phx.gbl>

Hi everyone -

Some years ago I studied under Bea Nettles and did an MFA thesis using the
medium of Kwik Print. I am interested in using this process again, but I
understand it is no longer commercially available. According to Light
Impressions, “the inventor [Seymour Rottenburg, I believe] passed away
recently, and took the process to the grave with him.” Quite a dramatic

Does anyone know if the formula for making Kwik-Print has ever been made
available? Has anyone attempted to duplicate (or reverse-engineer) it?

If not, could anyone suggest a comparable process (i.e. one possibly using
hand-applied colors, capable of being manipulated in local areas as well as
overall, perhaps using big litho film with random-dot patterns as negs)?
Also, perhaps an up-to-date sourcebook and technical manual?

I know, gum bichromate... But can you make a 24x36 print, and achieve the
tonal range - the bright colors and dark blacks - that you can (once
could?!!) with Kwik-Print?

I will very much appreciate your suggestions, and I am quite happy to have
come across this unique list.

--Chris Losee

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