Tricks I have discovered that are crucial to printing on canvas with liquid light:
- School developer is too strong. I use a 1:13 ratio instead of 1:9.
- Stop bath makes spotty prints. Instead I use a weak fixer. So my darkroom setup is: developer, fixer (1:9), fixer (1:4), wash, fixer remover, wash.
- Using a prewash to soak canvas before developing helps developer coat canvas evenly.
- Safelights in the darkroom need to be turned down all the way and turned away from canvases because liquid light is sensitive to safelights.
- Water and chemicals at 70 degrees will be too warm for the emulsion. It will slide right off of the surface. I prevent this with icepacks in my chemical and water baths.
- Metal on brushes will contaminate emulsion. Cover metal parts with nail polish.
- Sitting too long in a chemical or water bath will make emulsion bubble. For long baths I just hang the canvas over the tray and pour onto it instead.
- Print will continue to develop in developer if not taken out when it looks finished.