RE: RIP kwik-print?

From: Baird, Darryl ^lt;[email protected]>
Date: 01/24/05-01:56:05 PM Z
Message-id: <1C5253740F81D441AC5174BDA4AD4BF77CC80F@its-emb1.umflint.edu>

Chris,

I too used Kwik-Print and found it quirky and rather unforgiving, but
it became much more difficult as the materials vanished over the last
few years. I think gum is an appropriate replacement along with
Tempraprint (sp?).

The size and qualities you've described remind me of Stephen Livick's
gum work.
Check out: http://www.livick.com/archives/portraits/pg1.htm
those prints are about as technically good as one can get with gum...
(all those reaching for stones, notice I didn't say just 'good')

-Darryl

-----Original Message-----
From: christopher losee [mailto:rclosee@hotmail.com]
Sent: Mon 1/24/2005 2:07 PM
To: alt-photo-process-l@usask.ca
Subject: RIP kwik-print?
 
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
exit!

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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