Liquid Emulsion Effect and a Mushroom

Woohoo the internet is fixed (in the opinion of my ISP), so just in time for me to post  my video before heading out to teach an evening class.

I took some shots yesterday of a pepper and some mushrooms. The pepper images I am not too sure about but t I love two of the compositions with the mushrooms. One of them I was looking at today and thougth that I would use a technique called Liquid Emulsion.
The technique in the days of the darkroom was to paint a light sensitive emulsion on to  paper and then print with it. To see how I did this in Photoshop, you will have to watch the video below.

This is the first  and the main image from the video. I really like the way it looks like the paper has not been painted enough with the emulsion and the image is just being brushed off the paper. The sepia tone is is very dark and gives a little bit extra depth to the shadows.


For an added bonus here is the bamboo image using the same technique. The difference between the way the effect works with dark and light images is quite nice to know. Just with the mushroom the brushstrokes being visible though the leaves gives something extra to the image.


Please let me know what you think of the images and the effect.

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7 thoughts on “Liquid Emulsion Effect and a Mushroom

  1. happy for you your internet is up! I like this effect…I like how the edges look like a brush was used to achieve the wispy effect, which I’m sure is the tool used…I think both the mushroom an bamboo are great! will have to come back to watch the video though…I’m out of time!

    • The brush effect I didn’t create digitally. I first got some paper and black paint and painted the paper. I then scanned the painted paper. You can do this in Photoshop but the result is not as random and as good as the real thing.

  2. I used to use liquid emulsion, and usually managed to get a very smooth effect. I used it in order to print on canvas, wood or ceramic… it seems to me that this sort of effect creates a copy of the less attractive work of the time. But perhaps I’m too old fashioned.

    • I don’t think you are old fashioned, I only used Liquid emulsion once when i was first studying photography and my teacher wanted us to experiment with different printing methods ( I started studying just as digital was starting to take off). This image is an imitation of the technique and at the moment as good as i can get it, I always strive to improve my workflow.

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