There is renewed interest among art photographers in a number of historic printing techniques because of the remarkable effects they produce. The reader will discover how to create beautifully tinted mono- and polychromatic gum and oil images using the author's version of this 19th century technique. Step-by-step illustrated instructions with directions for further experimentation provide a perfect source for learning this new, yet old, printing technique.
Gumoil printing involves contact-printing a positive transparency onto gum-coated paper. Oil paint is then applied and rubbed into nongummed areas of the print. With bleach etching, mono- and polychromatic variations are possible. A chapter on digital printing combines the new and the historic, making this technique even more accessible for the art photographer.
Table of Contents
The Gumoil Method and Its Origins; Images That Work, Images That Don't; Enlarged Positive and Negative Transparencies; Paper and Paper Preparation; Exposure and Development of the Latent Paper Print; Basic Monochromatic Printing; Polychromatic Gumoil Printing; Variations and Manipulations; Other Considerations; Digital Printmaking