Liquid Photographic Emulsion, also known as Liquid Light or Silver Gelatin, is a silver based sensitizer designed for applying on any surface, exposing with an enlarger and processing in conventional black & white chemistry. It is virtually the same emulsion as found on ordinary photographic paper, but in a liquid form and can be coated on a wide range of 2D and 3D surfaces. It offers the freedom to produce images on the material of your choice, such as hand-made paper, plaster, fabric, glass, ceramics, rubber, metal, painted surfaces, wood, plastic, canvas, walls, stones – endless creative possibilities here, including, as featured on the cover of Silverprint+ Creative 1, images printed on a pair of VANS by Scott Atkinson.
Scott is a customer of ours and used our very own Silverprint Liquid Emulsion called SE1. Our SE1 Emulsion is a normal contrast bromide emulsion, which is versatile and easy to use. The contrast of it is between grade 2 and 3. The high silver content allows a certain degree of dilution with water, making it more economical. The emulsion has a substantial concentration of high bloom gelatin, meaning it adheres very well to various surfaces, very often without the need to use subbing solution as a primer. Processing is as for normal paper – the emulsion is quite robust, and does not usually need hardening, or the use of slow fixing agents. The image colour is neutral to slightly warm-black, and it reacts well to toners of all types including selenium, as well as to Lith development. We provide the SE1 emulsion in two sizes, 250ml and 1 litre bottles. There are other brands of Liquid Emulsion available on the market, including single-graded ones manufactured by Rollei, and a very reasonably priced Foma emulsion, all of which we stock at Silverprint.