Thanks very much for the informative and most interesting video on carbon printing. It makes a world of difference to see your process and craft.
Lots of good luck with your show. I'd be there to see your work in person, but from NY it's a bit of a hike !
I know just enough to be dangerous !
There are many possibilities for tissue support -- Yupo, fixed out X-ray film, or RC printing paper (sometimes I use bad prints/test strips, etc.), drafting mylar, etc. In fact, there are lots of ways to do just about everything in carbon printing, which is what makes it such an expressive process, and so much fun.
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Jim ... Thanks for posting this video.
Carbon is a wonderful printing medium ... and by far one of the least expensive.
Expense aside, when I saw my first carbon prints I couldn't believe the detail and tonal range ... my first reaction was "this is what black and white prints are supposed to look like." You absolutely need to see these in person ... scanned images simply do not do them justice.
I still buy my gelatin at the grocery store (Knox Gelatin packets), water color tube paints for pigment, and I still occasionally use the sun as my point of light source ... I don't even use the magnetic "frame" when pouring the glop (just pour it on the substrate ... it's viscous enough to stop flowing all by itself and a little finger help, as you show in the video, fills in the edges) and no vacuum easel ... Just 2 pieces of glass with a negative and the tissue.
No fancy equipment needed and only a tiny bit of chemical to sensitize ... and, warm water as a developer. And, every print is a contact print so every tiny detail captured by the lens is there, just the way it was photographed.
While the process seems fussy when described, it is surprisingly simple ... once it's done a couple of times it's a piece of cake.
Congratulations on your solo show and your new video.
However once you have the process down, a bad print in any process is still a bad print and to consistently make good prints takes skill. So in the end its not the process that matters but the skill of printing. Learning that skill is the hard part, I think its independant of process. Never trust a jpeg of a print, its too easy to gloss over your deficiencies because all you are seeing is an interpretation of its luminance.
That was a good video, thanks!
I hope one day to have a place to do this kind of work.
I want a darkroom too.