Gumoil Prints

Oakland Cemetery-two stones
Oakland Cemetery-two stones


Gumoil is a photographic printing processs using oil paints.

A same sized interpositive is exposed, by UV light, onto watercolour paper

coated with a light sensitive gum arabic solution.  The gum arabic hardens in varying degrees

based on the densities in the interpositive.  After exposure the paper is washed to remove

any coating not affected by the light. Oil paints are then applied, sinking into the paper where raw and

being resisted where the gum coating remains. The print is washed several times, slowly removing

more of the coating and adding more paint after each removal, thereby building up the image.


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