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New video - Spotting Carbon Prints

For a long time, I was terrible at spotting prints. To make matters worse, carbon prints have some properties that make them particularly difficult to fix. After nearly giving up, I developed some techniques that have worked well for me and have helped me save prints I would have sadly sent to the trash bin. 

In this video on my YouTube channel, I cover some of the challenges, techniques, and spot a recent print.


Carbon printing part three - pouring glop

After watching me blather on in parts one and two, here we get to business and pour some glop. There are a variety of ways to make tissue and this video shows the method and jig I happen to be using right now.

I have one clarification to make. In the video I talk about measuring the volume of glop to get an approximate 1mm wet height. I still think in square inches. So, the correct factor to get the volume in milliliters is .645 not 6.45, if you are converting from square inches. 

Carbon printing part one - overview

There are already a few YouTube videos that demonstrate some of the steps in carbon printing, but I've wanted to make a few of my own. Everyone's process and methods are different. So besides helping explain how I print to folks who have never seen carbon printing before or getting some interested in learning, these clips may be of interest to experienced printers as well. I am always interested in how others have mastered carbon's many quirks and idiosyncrasies.

I will continue this series through to a finished print. To start the series I covered making glop and coating tissue. Each one I was able to do in one take as I made some new printing tissue this weekend. I had intended these to be a little shorter, but, as usual, I get excited about explaining this stuff.  As always any feedback is appreciated, and I can teach workshops if you are interested. Watch from this blog post or visit the YouTube playlist where I will post all the videos from this series. 

A couple of clarifications in this one:

1. I refer to Arche Platine as watercolor paper. It's printmaking paper made especially for platinum printing, but it's consistent sizing makes it very good for carbon. Expensive though. See my post on paper for more opinions and experiences regarding paper.

2. Yupo, which I mention a couple of times, is the brand name of a polypropylene paper substitute that is perfect as a temporary support. You can buy it at almost any art store in pads or in sheets and rolls.