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    Gum prints and acrylic paint

    Hello all. Has anyone ever produced a gum print using acrylic paint instead of watercolour paint ? I've got some process colour acrylic and would like to give it a go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stephen_gray98 View Post
    Hello all. Has anyone ever produced a gum print using acrylic paint instead of watercolour paint ? I've got some process colour acrylic and would like to give it a go.

    SPG
    I haven't personally but I know somone who does
    http://www.hands-on-pictures.com/Tutorials/Gum.html

    Hope it helps
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    Quote Originally Posted by David Hatton View Post
    I haven't personally but I know somone who does
    http://www.hands-on-pictures.com/Tutorials/Gum.html

    Hope it helps
    David
    Terry King is the last person I would recommend for information.

    As for acrylic pigments you are much better off using watercolor paints.
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    Quote Originally Posted by donbga View Post
    Terry King is the last person I would recommend for information.

    As for acrylic pigments you are much better off using watercolor paints.
    Any reason you wouldn't recommend Terry ?

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    I too am curious if acrylics will work, particularly with carbon. For instance, Liquitex's acrylic Ink!

    Everyone knows that watercolors work well; why not explore other materials?
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    Quote Originally Posted by holmburgers View Post
    I too am curious if acrylics will work, particularly with carbon. For instance, Liquitex's acrylic Ink!

    Everyone knows that watercolors work well; why not explore other materials?
    The question about acrylics comes up periodically and as I recall no has been too successful with them. You like to dabble Chris so go for it and let us know how it works.
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    I don't dabble near as much as I babble...

    But perhaps you're right. My fear would be simply that the acrylics will harden completely and make the gum or carbon insoluble. An easy test would be to make an acrylic tissue, let it dry and run it under hot water. This, I could probably do quite easily.
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    Quote Originally Posted by holmburgers View Post
    I don't dabble near as much as I babble...

    But perhaps you're right. My fear would be simply that the acrylics will harden completely and make the gum or carbon insoluble. An easy test would be to make an acrylic tissue, let it dry and run it under hot water. This, I could probably do quite easily.
    Why bother when we know water color pigments work so well. If it ain't broke ..., I'm just sayin'
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    Acrylic paint is an integral component of the Temperaprint process. Temperaprint is a dichromated colloid process similar to gum, where the colloid happens to be egg whites. There are many examples available online. I've tried both temperaprint and gum with acrylic paint and I find them both lacking, but it is a matter of taste. For me, the opaque nature of the acrylic process limits what I feel to me a fundamental advantage of gum: the ability to allow colors to shine through subsequent layers. The result is a "poster-like" effect that CAN be very effective (and the online examples will demonstrate that). In my experience, edge effects are very difficult to bring off. as the acrylic paint seems to harden on its own in areas where one might expect it to be more soluble. The result is All-or-Nothing. There is no paint, or there is paint, but not the subtle variances that one gets with watercolor.

    If there is interest, I can post some examples of some (unsuccessful) attempts I have made with acrylic pigments and gum.

    Keith

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    My interest in particular is [was] that this Ink! product has an ideal CMY set... [10 minutes go by] ...but I see now that the same pigments are available in Winsor & Newton's watercolors.
    Last edited by holmburgers; 08-26-2011 at 01:07 PM. Click to view previous post history.
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