Re: Dry-mounting gum prints

From: Tom Ferguson ^lt;[email protected]>
Date: 05/04/05-03:56:48 PM Z
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Most galleries/collectors will prefer museum board. There is perfectly
"archival" foam core, but it is the exception. That makes folks
"nervous" with foam core.

My complaint with foam core is that it often "depresses" under a dry
mount print.

If you vat gelatin size your papers you may (I have) problems with the
prints slowly (over years) un-mounting. I "assume" that the gelatin
sized paper is too "slick" for a good long term dry mounting. I didn't
see that on papers I brush sized on one side. My gum/mount experience,
both good and bad, is quite limited. I tend to corner mount.

On Wednesday, May 4, 2005, at 05:57 AM, Katharine Thayer wrote:

> Hi all,
> I mentioned a while back my experience with Arches Bright White paper
> not drying flat. I know more about this now: it appears that perhaps
> because of the thinness and crispness of the paper, the paper changes
> dimensionally over time depending on where there is gum on the paper.
> Images that have more or less equal tone throughout, so that there is
> gum all across the paper, stay flat. But in images of more contrast,
> where there is a lot of gum some places and little or no gum on other
> places, the different areas change differentially. I have one piece
> hanging at a gallery that has great modeled cumulus clouds in the sky
> and reflections in the water, which became three-dimensional after a
> while, with the puffy clouds actually puffing forward out of the paper
> plane. Some people liked this effect but I did not, so I took it out
> and
> had it dry-mounted today.
> I don't know if this is common knowledge, but I didn't know for sure
> that gum prints can be dry-mounted (I had her press a scrap print first
> to be sure that the heat wouldn't hurt it) and now I can report that
> gum
> prints do take well to dry-mounting. And I was assured that it can be
> reversed if someone wants to take it off later.
> But I have a question. They mounted the print on foam core. Is this how
> it's usually done? I don't know what I was expecting, but it wasn't
> that.
> Katharine thayer
Tom Ferguson
Received on Wed May 4 15:57:03 2005

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