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Over the summer I started a project using liquid light www.rockaloid.com/products.htm…

For those who have not heard of this product, it is an emulsion that you can put on any surface that allows you to create a black & white image on it.  It doesn't even have to be flat, though the more it curves you risk parts of the image becoming out of focus.  There are two main forms of Liquid Light, one that is around a #3 contrast paper and another one that is variable contrast. While it is nice to have a variable contrast version, it is more sensitive to red light and it can fog under your normal darkroom lighting. If you use a red filter under your enlarger to get your item for printing aligned properly, it could cause fogging and over exposure.  This can be used for both enlargements or contact printing.

With that said, I mentioned that I started a project over the summer.  I've had a couple problems doing this and it is part of why I've not done much in the darkroom over the last few months. Was just one failure after another and after looking back at things more recently, and looking at some pieces I had coated (but then turned on a light so ruined them all, which was my last straw at the time) I could clearly see what I was suspecting under the red light, that the coating wasn't going on smoothly.  

I had bough` a nice, expensive paintbrush since the directions talked about painting it on, but it would cause a lot of streaking and leave spots with little emulsion.  I tried using masking tape around the edges to pour on the emulsion and spread it would, but it would cool down and solidify too quickly so wasn't able to get it spread evenly either.

As I'm a rather eclectic photographer/printer and I spend a lot of time looking at different products whether it's for my personal projects, which often involve the darkroom, or the studio I help run that focuses on digital pictures.  While looking at a product that would allow me to use my wide format printer to print on metals, I was watching a video that someone made showing how he coated his materials and it made me realize that I was looking at it all wrong.  Both the products also talked about using rods, which seemed even more difficult and they are expensive to get. This guy uses a cheap sponge brush.  The bristles don't separate, leaving streaks in the emulsion.

I tried it last week and under the red light it looked like the coverage was a lot more even, I didn't see the streaks in it.  I hope to get back in there during the week to do some calibration prints during the week.

Here's some samples I found on DA that were made using a liquid emulsion.

:thumb86338551:  :thumb86338880: :thumb86338709: :thumb122673017: Liquid Light by GavinTheBard Liquid Emulsion Brittney 2 by StolenSecrets Liquid Light 4 by hullcha Liquid Light 2 by ndbluedevil2 Liquid Light by iamtheriddler

There are a few more, just need to do a search or look at some of the deviants galleries in the above samples.

Have a blog you want to share regarding the darkroom?  Just send me a note about it. :D
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hiddendelights Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2010
aaahh. I'm trying to join the group but thing's not coming up!! D:
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heatherkb Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2010  Student
Do we have a limit as to how many photos are submitted? (:
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GavinTheBard Featured By Owner May 6, 2010  Professional Photographer
wow, I'm so sorry, I didn't see this until tonight :s No, there are no limits to the number of photos.

Sooooo sorry :s
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heatherkb Featured By Owner May 7, 2010  Student
hahaha no worries xD I figured it out looking through the gallery :D
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The-Tabby-Cat Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2010
I suggested a fave -- my Fishy Photogram. :]

Hope photograms are okay.


More people need to know about the traditional way of processing photos. It's so much fun!
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GavinTheBard Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2010  Professional Photographer
Photograms are welcome to the group :D
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The-Tabby-Cat Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2010
Thank you. :]

Everyone's going digital these days, and the art of manual photography will be lost soon.
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GavinTheBard Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2010  Professional Photographer
My pleasure. I am trying to get back into my darkroom soon. I really miss it as I love doing it!

I don't think it will be lost soon, but it is becoming much less appreciated and known. :(
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StolenSecrets Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2010   Photographer
Way cool blog, I always appreciate attention to alternative darkroom techniques.
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GavinTheBard Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2010  Professional Photographer
Thank you. Feel free to join the group and if there is something you want to write on, I am always happy to consider having it posted to the group. I want more of these techniques talked about.
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