Carbon printing part one - overview

There are already a few YouTube videos that demonstrate some of the steps in carbon printing, but I've wanted to make a few of my own. Everyone's process and methods are different. So besides helping explain how I print to folks who have never seen carbon printing before or getting some interested in learning, these clips may be of interest to experienced printers as well. I am always interested in how others have mastered carbon's many quirks and idiosyncrasies.

I will continue this series through to a finished print. To start the series I covered making glop and coating tissue. Each one I was able to do in one take as I made some new printing tissue this weekend. I had intended these to be a little shorter, but, as usual, I get excited about explaining this stuff.  As always any feedback is appreciated, and I can teach workshops if you are interested. Watch from this blog post or visit the YouTube playlist where I will post all the videos from this series. 

A couple of clarifications in this one:

1. I refer to Arche Platine as watercolor paper. It's printmaking paper made especially for platinum printing, but it's consistent sizing makes it very good for carbon. Expensive though. See my post on paper for more opinions and experiences regarding paper.

2. Yupo, which I mention a couple of times, is the brand name of a polypropylene paper substitute that is perfect as a temporary support. You can buy it at almost any art store in pads or in sheets and rolls.