I am frequently asked how I hand coat my platinum and palladium fine art prints, so in this article today I share the exact brushes that I use and I also provide some insight on why I use them and some helpful tips to assist you in making beautiful platinum and palladium prints.
First, I will get right to the point and share the brushes that I use and then I will share how I arrived at this decision.
I use the Jack Richeson 9010 Flat Series Synthetic Short Handle Flat Watercolor Brushes. They come in sizes from 1/8 inch up to 4 inches. Here is the link to the manufacturer website in case you want to check them out and possibly buy one for coating your platinum and palladium prints.
These brushes are made very full with the ability to carry a great deal of liquid, yet still not flood out all over your paper. These brushes come to a razor edge for fine lines which works out great for coating platinum and palladium sensitizer.
As you probably already know, the chemicals for platinum and palladium are not cheap and messing up on your coating would get out of hand very quickly.
As you can see in the video below, I hand coated a sheet of paper using the 1 1/2 inch version of the Jack Richeson 9010 brush. I like to use the 1 1/2 or 2 inch brushes for my 8x10 and 11x14 prints and the 3 or even 4 inch for my 16x20 and 20x24 platinum and palladium prints.
The 1 1/2 inch brush that you see in this video below is at least 4 to 5 years old, so you know they last a long time.
In terms of technique, you can see in this video that I quickly pour and release the platinum and palladium sensitizer in the middle of the paper and then work my way out to all four sides while alternating vertical and horizontal brush strokes.
I work quickly, but also very gently, just gliding the tip of the brush over the surface of the paper.
It is important to work quickly because depending on the paper used, the sensitizer can soak into the fibers of the paper.
There is also another little tip that can make a big difference with your coatings as well. I always dip my brush tip into a glass jar of distilled water and then using a lint free towel, slightly work the brush tips back and forth to get most of the water off the brush, while still keeping it moist. This small little technique goes a long way to getting a great coating on your paper.
In my comprehensive Platinum & Palladium Quick Start Guide, I provide step-by-step instructions on everything you need to know in order to make beautiful platinum and palladium fine art prints. You get immediate access to the guidebook and videos, so you can get started making prints immediately.
I tried a lot of different methods over the years for coating my platinum and palladium sensitizer ranging from a glass coating rod to foam brushes, and even a foam roller. For me, nothing comes close to the quality of coating that I can get with the Jack Richeson 9010 brushes.
If you are already making platinum and palladium prints, please share your preferred coating method and tools below and if you are new and just starting out, I really think these Jack Richeson 9010 brushes will serve you well.
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