Each of Julia’s prints is handmade using historical processes from the 19th century - platinum palladium. cyanotype and gum bichromate. The platinum palladium process offers wonderfully rich warm tones and a matte finish. The chemicals are made up of the two precious metals - platinum and palladium - mixed with a sensitizer and then hand painted on to heavy cotton rag paper. A negative is then placed on top of the coated paper and exposed using sunlight or UV light. A layer of cyanotype or gum bichromate is sometimes added as a final layer to a platinum palladium print, to create a deeper tone and add contrast or bring out an added richness in the image.
Every print is unique and one of kind due to the hand painting of the chemicals, the light used, and even the humidity in the dark room which can effect the final outcome. Platinum palladium prints have been used by artist for over a century due to their richness in tone and archival quality not found in standard prints today. The result is a unique piece of art.