Alternative Processes
Pro Photographer Dan Burkholder ( has pioneered a platinum over gold vellum printing process. Basically, one makes digital negatives (or uses large format negatives), contact prints them on vellum coated with a light sensitive layer of platinum/palladium, then applies gold leaf to the back. The prints are beautiful. I used the much cheaper silver leaf for my first prints as platinum is hilariously expensive in itself.

Now that I know the basic technique, I'm going to use gold leaf for the backing.
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