Re: Canson Fonteney and gum printing

From: Kees Brandenburg ^lt;>
Date: 11/07/05-07:39:11 AM Z
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Hello Cor,
Fontenay is a sold as a 'hybrid' surfaced paper, one side somewhat
smooth the other side rough. I allways print on the smooth side.
I'm using fontenay quit often, also in my workshops. I buy 50-100 sheets
at once so my batch might be a bit older than yours and I don't know if
it has changed. I allways preshrink and gelatin/glyoxal size. Take care
the preshrinking water is not too hot (keep it under 40 degrees C)
otherwise the factury sizing comes of as a slimy substance. This also
happens when you keep it in the water overnight.

What you discribe sounds like a form of abrasion or a problem with the
internal sizing. I think a hardened gelatin size will solve your problem.

Breukel, C. (HKG) wrote:

>In the past I did some modest gum printing on Canson Fonteny, I use the smooth (back?) side not the rough textured side, and I have been quite happy with the results.
>Recently I bought a few sheets to make some gum prints, but this time I ran into a problem: After 4 coats the texture of the paper started to "raise"(for lack of a better description, as if the paper is showing through te gum layer), obscuring details in esp. the shadow regions. Can't say that I like that effect.
>AFAIK I did not coat too violent with the foam brush, and I assume that it's perhaps inherent to the newer batch I bought (one thing to check though is that there seems to be 2 different versions of of Fonteney: coarse and fine grain, perhaps that can explain why I did not see this effect in the past).
>I did not pre-shrink and size (these are 4*5 only), but would adding a extra gelatine size reduce this effect?
Received on Mon Nov 7 07:39:27 2005

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