Friday, April 27, 2012
I'm still, slowly, trying to get may alt process workflow calibrated at home. While I primarily want to do Cyanotypes or Platinum/Palladium prints, there are other processes I would like to try.
One of those is Van Dyke Brown. It produces a warm brown tone on the paper, and it's relatively easy to do. A bit time consuming, because there are multiple washes of the paper in water, as well as fixer.
I'm participating in a class at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts that is doing Alt Process. I worked on a VDB print and liked what I finally got. I did scan it in Black and White mode, so you really can't see the true color of it. There are a couple of things I would like to change. This is a hand coated process, where you have to mix the chemistry and then coat the paper. I think I spent too long coating and raised the nap of the paper a bit. There are some white spots that lead me to believe this, and I want to get rid of them. Second, it needs to be a little darker, which I hope is just a simple exposure change.
Besides this process, I want to try one of the original methods used called Salt Printing, as well as Gum Bichromate. The gum process would give me a color image. The few I've seen of these in person, I really like.