Carbon Journal, Day 2 (with pictures!)

Day 2: The Waiting Game

It's been a little less than 24 hours since tissues were poured. The thick layer of pigmented gelatin has now reduced to half thickness, and shifting from a sticky, glossy surface, to a deep, matte black sheen. 

Carbon tissues, half-way dried, glossy appearance is fading, but not quite gone.

Carbon tissues, half-way dried, glossy appearance is fading, but not quite gone.

4:31PM - Arrive at the darkroom, 2 tissues ~80% dry, with other 3 on lower rack of dryer needing much more time. 

4:38PM - Gathered various support media from furthest reaches of the dakroom. This week's testing will include: fiber paper (glossy), uncoated baryta paper-base, and Fabriano Artistico 300gsm hot press watercolor paper. 

Since 4% gelatin sizing was done last month, here's a cell phone snap of the watermark. ;)

Since 4% gelatin sizing was done last month, here's a cell phone snap of the watermark. ;)

4:50PM - After blog pictures captured, dug out the old carbon sensitization notes (these are crucial to keep!!). Poured 1 gallon jug of distilled water into an 11x14 plastic tray to "gas out" over night. "Dead water" (no air bubbles) is key to good adhesion in the mating/transfer portion of the process.

They don't have to be the best notes, but at least one person needs to be able to decipher them.

They don't have to be the best notes, but at least one person needs to be able to decipher them.

Tomorrow's going to be a LONG day to say the least. Expect a very long couple of journals detailing the bulk of the process.