In new country may mean new clothes. Printing and printmaking are different. They began in different places, and diverged into different schools — education of the doers. Some of the words may sound the same. They aren’t.
Works on paper is the big arch. The base of the image is a paper, that very old fundamental object. It is quite nice on its own. So nice, that many are makers of paper; done. that is all that is needed. Make the paper. Show the paper.
Others, most of us, put something onto that paper. Photographic prints are on very limited range of papers. Hand-coated emulsions extend that range, as does digital printing. In fact, many digital printmakers chose that method because of the range of paper surfaces. Some of the most ardent devotees of the chemical cult do so because they dislike, disapprove of the paper surfacing above the plastic sheen of 20th Century Gloss.
|Hahnemuhle Platinum Rag (HPR)||Platinum||Use as delivered|
|Arches Platine 300gsm||Platinum||“”|
|Bergger Cot 320gsm||Platinum||“”|
|Legion Revere Platinum||Platinum||“”|
|Clearprint 1020HP||Inexpensive 100% cotton|
|Arches En Tout Cas||one side hot pressed, one side eggshell textured|
|Awagami Platinum Gampi|
|Legion Thai Kozo||coat with brush.|
|Canson Vidalon Vellum|
|Canson Opalux Vellum|
|Rives BFK 280gsm||gum /pigment||my first paper for litho back in school. for alt prints requires acidification.|
|Fabriano Artistico||gum prints||requires acidification|
These are papers that are proven to work well across processes. find a vendor, then get samples to test in your work conditions. Your water, workroom conditions of temperature and humidity. How well they dry. How well they coat. How well, and comfortable you are in their use.
One size rarely suits all printmakers. Chemical Printers are confined to accepting that which is commercially, meaning widely acceptable. That is, the “classic” look of “air-dried” gelatin. Or, the commercial Glass Gloss display print. They don’t have much choice. As a printmaker, you do. Make the most of that …
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