Back when I started to get excited about tri-color gum printing I thought I’d begin with some bolder colors – seemed obvious and somehow easier. Don’t know if it is either of those, but it made sense to me!
As I’ve looked at other artists’ tri-color prints, and especially as I’ve researched watercolor pigments and possibilities, I’ve become interested in trying subtle colors. Aside from finer nuance, I’ve realized that this makes me think more about the content of the image, too, rather than just the novelty of a color photographic print from watercolor paint; it is becoming more about the image and less about the process.
You know, if your gum print would look better rendered in Bazooka… -my friend John Polhemus
So instead of the Indigo I had been using for the cyan layer I’ve found I kinda love Cobalt Blue. Cadmium Yellow has changed, for the moment, to New Gamboge. I’m still thinking about the magenta layer – I’ve used Permanent Carmine quite a bit, but I’m experimenting now with Quinacridone Rose.
I still don’t have a great grasp of how these pigments interact, but I do love exploring how “CMY (and sometimes K) encompasses a vast array of possibilities. There is no “right” pigment for C, for example. Indigo and Cobalt do different things on their own and in combination with the others.