Liquid Emulsion Printing Process
Liquid emulsion also known as liquid light is the gelatin silver light sensitive liquid photographic emulsion that is used in alternative photography printing processes based on applying it on any surface, exposing by an enlarger, and processing in conventional chemistry in darkroom.
Why liquid emulsion is often called “Liquid Light”? It is the name of the product manufactured by the Rockland company, which is now often used as a synonym for any liquid emulsion.
The most interesting and creative way is making the darkroom paper yourself using as the basis watercolor paper. It has an interesting fine texture that gives more depth to the prints and tactile sensation. But this also limits the use of this process. Some of the prints come out better than others of course.
To make paper suitable for printing it should be covered with the sensitive gelatin silver liquid emulsion in darkroom under the red safelight. o make paper suitable for printing it should be covered with the sensitive gelatin silver liquid emulsion in darkroom under the red safelight.
The paper coated with emulsion is dried in complete darkness.
To achieve the desired result you need resorting to various “tricks” until — as if by enchantment — you get what you want. A really perfect print should not only have the proper contrast and tonality but also depth and artistic expression.
FIXING AND WASHING
Printing with liquid emulsion process requires perfect fixing that means using of a fresher fixer and sufficiently long washing.
After printing, rinsing and drying photographs should be flattened. For this they are should be placed under a press for some time. To protect prints from external damage and make black tones deeper I prefer to cover them with varnish. I do it myself using a classical recipe combining sandarac, ethanol and lavender oil. I do it myself using a classical recipe based on the mix of sandarac, ethanol and lavender oil.