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If there is a moral to this story, I have no idea what it is...yet

This summer will mark six years for me working with the gumoil process. It has been an interesting journey with experiences that were both good and bad. Most people who have come to me looking for help seem to want to believe that once they have been taught the steps for making a print that they will find quick success. That just doesn’t happen with a process like gumoil. There are too many learned subtleties that take time to thoroughly understand. Through the increased interest in gumoil printing, certainly fueled by the beautiful prints made by Anna Ostanina, I’ve had the pleasure of speaking with quite a few truly decent people with engaging stories of their own. There have also been the occasional odd ones and even a couple of truly bad ones, but overall, my experiences dealing with people over the internet because of the gumoil process have been overwhelmingly positive.

One thing I have found talking with people who are new to the process is that many are looking for that magic…
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Mulling Lamp Black Paint for Gumoil Printing

The US distributor of my favorite safflower and poppy oil lamp black paint for printing with gumoil is currently moving its warehouse to New England, and that means that this paint is not currently available in any of the online shops that I buy it from. So, I have no alternative but to mull (mix) some of my own right now. I started doing this a while back, but since Maimeri makes a great version of this paint already, I've been quite happy just buying it in a tube, all ready to go. Mulling paint is fun, but it's a lot of work, it's messy, and you should always wear protective gear, including a full face respirator mask, because some powdered pigments are highly toxic. 

Here is a YouTube video I made (with help from my husband) of what it takes to mull paint:

The Gumoil Process, Kelly Wrage

I first heard about the gumoil process in July of 2013.I was introduced to it during an advanced alternative processes workshop in Santa Fe lead by my friend and go to mentor for all things alt pro, Christopher James. Christopher asked Cotton Miller, his assistant for the workshop, to do a quick gumoil demonstration because he had become quite familiar with this elusive process while using it for some of his MFA work, creating a series of beautiful and haunting portraits of Boston subway commuters. At the time, I had no idea just how frustrating gumoil could be, but after a few years of trial and error, I have found ways of reining it in. My work was included in The Book of Alternative Photographic Processes, Third Edition, by Christopher James.You can buy ithere at Amazon.
The process was developed in 1990 by painter, printmaker and photographer, Karl Koenig, who lived and worked in New Mexico. Unfortunately, Mr Koenig passed away in 2012, but he left behind a legacy of beautiful artw…