Re: gelatin

From: Anne van Leeuwen & Peter Hoffman ^lt;[email protected]>
Date: 10/20/05-10:21:51 AM Z
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I've been making paper since 1985 and that is what I use for my alt
photos. I do use and internal sizing agent but also always use gelatin
as my external size. It works well for and both my cyanotypes and gum
prints. The paper holds up beautifully during printing processes and
look good after several years framed.

I use Knox, thoroughly immerse the paper, blot (so as not to have
drips), let dry. And I just let it harden for a couple of weeks. I've
been told by a "guru" in papermaking that gelatin naturally hardens
with time, no need for hardener.

I've read some talk here that gelatin is not necessarily good. I
wonder what that is about?

Anne Storm van Leeuwen

On Oct 20, 2005, at 10:04 AM, Jack Fulton wrote:

> Scott:
>     Gelatin works. Basically use Knox gelatin from the supermarket.
> But I have found it to not be necessary nor an improvement
> in any way.
> Jack Fulton
> On Oct 20, 2005, at 7:15 AM, Weber, Scott wrote:
>> Back in September someone mentioned using gelatin as a sizing for
>> cyanotypes, I would be interested to know how this works. I love
>> cyanos but
>> would like to see the image up more on the surface of the paper. If
>> anyone
>> has used this or any other pre coat for cyanos I would be interested.
>> Scott B. Weber
>> Associate Professor of Photography
>> Department of Fine Arts
>> Barry University
>> 11300 NE 2nd Avenue
>> Miami Shores, Florida 33161
>> (305) 899 4922
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