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ChrisJJ
09-09-2003, 10:53 AM
Hi,
I'm new to Wet Canvas. I will be taking a two session workshop at a printmaking co-op later this week on gum printing (litho printing using a paper photocopy as the plate).

I actully have a degree in Printmaking but I haven't even touched a press since 1990. So I'm feeling rusty but I'm very excited to get back into it. I've never done gum printing - I don't think I ever heard of it back when I was in school.

For this workshop (two days over two weeks) I need to prepare 5 images and have them xeroxed on "color printing" paper (the slick, tough paper that is used in color laser printers).

To help me get an idea of what can be done with gum printing, I tried to do a google search for "Gum Printing" or "Gum Prints." Unfortunately, as I now know, there is a way of making photographic pictures which is also called gum printing. Thus all the web sites I found through google were about the "wrong" (i.e. photographic) type of gum printing and none about the "right" (printmaking) type.

I tried tacking on "litho", "lithography," "printmaking" to "gum printing/ gum prints" but google still only spit out web sites about photography.

So does any one have links to (printmaking type, not photographic type) Gum Prints websites?

Thanks,
Chris

madster
09-09-2003, 12:30 PM
For everyone's praises of Google, they are limited after a fashion.
For truly comprehensive searching, you should use a Meta search engine that searches the search engines.

www.dogpile.com does just that, canvassing about 14 different search engines, including Google, Jeeves, Yahoo, About and Ah-ha amongst others.

Try these:
http://duke.usask.ca/~semenoff/
http://www.angelfire.com/yt/modot/printmakingstuff.html
http://www.linfield.edu/~rmills/syllabi_folders/litho_folder/litho_transposition.html

sunny
09-10-2003, 03:32 AM
Hello Chris,

Welcome to Wet Canvas....along with Maddys links...I can offer some other links that may be benefit you:

http://www.meghaindustries.com/
www.gum.com
www.theprintguide.com
www.printing.com
http://apple.directhit.com/fcgi-bin/RedirURL.fcg?url=http://www.hands-on-pictures.com/gumintro.htm&qry=gum+printing&rnk=5&cz=4910f01735812c58&src=DH_DirectHitApple_SRCH&src=APPLE_SRCH
http://apple.directhit.com/fcgi-bin/RedirURL.fcg?url=http://glsmyth.freewebsites.com/AltProcess/Articles/Casein/casein.htm&qry=gum+printing&rnk=1&cz=565b4b57dfb857ab&src=DH_DirectHitApple_SRCH&src=APPLE_SRCHhttp://clk.about.com/?zi=3/VK&zu=http%3A//photography.about.com/library/glossary/bldef_carbon.htm%3Fiam%3Dsherlock_abc
http://apple.directhit.com/fcgi-bin/RedirURL.fcg?url=http://www.hands-on-pictures.com/gumintro.htm&qry=gum+printing&rnk=5&cz=4910f01735812c58&src=DH_DirectHitApple_SRCH&src=APPLE_SRCH




some thoughts..hope they can be of help

Sunny:)

sassybird
09-10-2003, 02:48 PM
Welcome to WC! Chris. Like you I have no idea of what gum printing is. Please let us know what you learn in the workshop, and share some of the work you do there. I am always interested in new printmaking techniques. 13 years away from printing? I can't imagine that. My husband bought me a press after I left college because I was craving making prints.

Diane Cutter
09-14-2003, 12:50 PM
Hi, I am a printmakers but know nothing about "gum printing." However, you might find information at the following website: http://billfisher.dreamhost.com/index.htm. Bill Fisher has extensive links for materials, printmaking sites, etc.

Let us know what you find out.

Diane

jadeglacier
10-08-2003, 09:36 PM
Hi. Gum printing relies on what are known as vegetable gums: gum arabic, gum tragacanth, agar, carageenan, pectin etc. As I VAGUELY remember the image area has gum applied to it while the non image is not gummed. The print paper is wetted and the ink sticks to the gum not the wet paper. This is a really distant memory about the process, but look up vegetable gums.

Alan Cross
11-17-2003, 02:50 PM
Welcome to WC! Chris looking forward to seeing some of your work...
Alan :)

Diane Cutter
11-17-2003, 05:53 PM
As a result of jadeglacier's post, my memory was jogged on this subject. And I went back to my library and found a little bit in
Printmaking: History and Process by Donald Saff and Deli Sacilotto (1978 printing). They mention "gum printing" on pp. 353-354.

Diane

Alan Cross
11-17-2003, 07:56 PM
Originally posted by Diane Cutter
As a result of jadeglacier's post, my memory was jogged on this subject. And I went back to my library and found a little bit in
Printmaking: History and Process by Donald Saff and Deli Sacilotto (1978 printing). They mention "gum printing" on pp. 353-354.

Diane

Diane thanks for the info and please let me welcome you to Wet Canvas....
Alan :)