|Posted: Mon Nov 07, 2016 4:31 pm Post subject: Van Dyke Brown printing - my first attempts
|After a few months of gathering information on alternative photography printing processes, ordering chemicals and different sorts of paper I finally was able to make my first prints in Van Dyke Brown.
The first harder job was to make the digital negative. Not all transparency films are well suited for the task. After testing more transparency films I came to the conclusion that the Pictorico PRO Ultra Premium OHP Transparency Film, the one the all the alternative printing masters recomand, really is the best. If it was easyer to find I wouldn't try to find a replacement, but it took me some time and patience to find a dealer. Anyway, the Staedtler Lumocolor Transparent Film is worth trying, too (I'll test it more when I'll have the time).
After struggling for a few days (well, in fact nights...) with Photoshop curves for the digital negative on diferent sorts of paper I was able to get relatively satisfying results for this stage of my journey into the Van Dyke Brown printing process.
Here are my first attempts:
And one toned with Selenium Toner:
For the moment my sensitiser solution was finished and I have just ordered a new one. When I have all the chemicals I'll make my own sensitiser, but till then I have to use some already-made solution.
The most difficult part for me now is to find the best paper sort. Different papers give huge differences in the final print.
The aquarelle paper that gave me the best results till now is, unfortunately, too rough for small prints/high detail. I have already ordered some Sumi-e Chinese Red Star rice paper to test and I'll order some Herschel Platinotype hand-made paper and some Japanese fine art paper as well.
I have tersted some inkjet high quality photo papers as well, but with awful results. Only the Epson Archival Mat and some fine art paper from Canson deserves further tests, but only after washing them in a slightly acidic water for 15-30 min and dryed.
What is your experience with Van Dyke Brown printing and alternative printing processes?