Re: Woodblock print on goldleaf

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Posted by John Fiorillo on March 28, 2002 at 09:10:15:

In Reply to: Woodblock print on goldleaf posted by eph on March 23, 2002 at 23:38:59:


A lot would depend on the craftsmanship of the printer and the care taken in storing or displaying the print. Also, you'd have to know what type of pigments were added to the gold leaf and how they were applied - were they brushed or printed on the thin metallic sheets and not absorbed, sitting on the surface and thus remaining more susceptible to flaking or rubbing off? Is the leaf itself well applied (glued or pasted) to the paper, with archival adhesive?

In any case, there are certainly examples of printed works of art with metallic leaf that have done quite well over time. However, depending on the skill and the media, the application of thin sheets of metals or pigments on top of those metals can be more fragile than pigments that were rubbed directly into and thus absorbed by the paper matrix.

There's no simple answer to your question.


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