Hi - what would you use to seal a photo ?
A gel medium ? Clear gesso ?
(I`m thinking `photo-safe`/ acid - issue)
I`,m making a painting with acrylic paint,
have glued on an old photo - and I would like to seal that
so that it keeps the quality it has now.
Is the photo a newer dye sublimation printed photo or reactive process photo like a silver print?
-Edit- ... Should also ask, did you print this yourself, and if so ... what sort of printer (inkjet, laser, dye sub, etc)
Thank you for your helpfulness Brian :))
I think this photo is from about 1955-1958.
It`s taken at a professional photographer, and I guess developed there as well.
(It`s b/w - photo)
Alrighty .. Most likely due to the age you are looking at a gelatin silver print by kodak. This sort of print uses a light reactive silver to develop the image and a photo fix solution removes the halides to stop the image from washing out or discoloring. Now ... with that in mind ...
Yeah, not going to ever stop it from changing ... one of the main issues with silver prints, is that with time, ambient uv light will still react with the photo paper dissolving the image. You will be easier pressed to take the photo, scan it into a computer, get it printed at your local cvs or walgreens (they use a dye sublimation printer) and the photo will technically be light safe since it does not use a reactive process to develop the image into a photo.
More steps, more money, but a superior product ... then you can use whatever you want to seal it.
Thanks again, Brian - and yes - I should have taken a copy,
but I had already glued it down ... But I have been lucky to find a
bigger version of same photo, so I`m covered !
In the end, I sealed it with Golden Heavy Gel - hopefully it will
last a long time, and not get damaged...
Here is my final result - did not seal those small photos.
I wanted to make a memorial of my mom.
I like cuprinol outdoor varnish for alot of my work. It's acrylic based. You buy the matt one and it dries more like a satin finish. If you want it glossier you can add more coats. It's cheaper than artists varnish too. The only thing is to be very careful with the photographic surface while it is still wet. So brush it on lightly and don't touch it till it is dry. It will be easily scratched. Maybe you could take a photo of it before you varnish it to keep.