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    Sizing with Gamblin PVA

    Hi,
    Anyone use this product as a sizing for gum prints? I do 3 color gums as well as gumovers, and was wondering if this will work as well as using gelatin with formalin as a hardener. I've been using gelatin with formalin. It works well, but I always dread the the whole sizing thing. Someone over at Hybrid photo uses the PVA and it works well for him.
    Health issues are a concern for me as well. Anyone, anyone?
    Thanks,
    Steve
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    PVA is the new rabbitskin glue in the painter's world, used to size canvas before applying Gesso. It isn't hydroscopic (doesn't absorb water) and allows a good bond with either the acrylic or traditional oil gesso layer. I haven't used it for alternative processes, but I wouldn't worry too much about the health issues with PVA. It is basically highly refined Elmer's glue.

    Of course you may have an allergic reaction that I have never seen, but I don't know of any health issues with PVA.

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    I have to say, I don't know why more people don't use this method for sizing their paper. If there is a reason, please respond and let me know. I am using this PVA now and it works great! It sinks into the paper without leaving any shine or residue or anything I can see. And it's archival.
    It sizes very well for multiple gum printing. I haven't yet used it for gumover platinum, but I can't foresee a problem at all.
    I was using gelatin sizing with formalin as a hardener. I hated it! It was probably more paranoia than anything, since the amount of formaldehyde used was small. But with my existing health issues, I have always been leery of using it.
    Currently, I use Gamblin PVA diluted 1:2
    Now I feel liberated! If anyone else has experience with this , please let me know.
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    Steve
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    Steve...

    Beautiful images on your site!

    How are you sizing? By brush or floating?

    I haven't done this before but would like to know...

    Thanks!

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    I either brush on the PVA, or if it is a large area I use a roller.
    Thanks for the compliment!
    Steve
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    Does anyone know if this will work with carbon?

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    Steve, do I understand you correctly in that the Gamblin PVA does not need sizing?
    “Do your work, then step back. The only path to serenity.” - Lao Tzu

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    The Gamblin PVA is the sizing. It is applied to the paper, dried, and ready to print with your alt. process of choice.
    I've never printed carbon, so I can't answer that question. I would think that any process that uses gelatin/formalin (or any of the other hardeners available) would work with PVA. Not sure though.
    Steve
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    What's special about the Gamblin PVA versus normal PVA glues? Is it just a brand name? I thought PVA was fairly standard across the board.
    ~Heather
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    Sorry Steve - I meant to ask whether the Gamblin PVA would need hardening to be used in multiple printing...
    “Do your work, then step back. The only path to serenity.” - Lao Tzu

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