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Rockland Liquid Light Photo Emulsion - 8 Oz.

Rockland Liquid Light Photo Emulsion - 8 Oz.
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Rockland LLE8 Overview

Rockland Liquid Light is a silver-gelatin liquid emulsion designed to be easily applied to any material.

Liquid light can be used for photographs on wood, glass, ceramics, plastics, chinaware, fabrics, metals, stone, walls, artist's canvas, even an egg!

Its even possible to make salon-grade prints on the many handmade papers that are available on the market.

Printing with Liquid Light is the same as with black-and-white enlargement paper. Under an amber or red safelight, brush the emulsion onto the surface to be coated. Wait a few minutes for it to firm up, then expose with an enlarger or slide projector. Process with conventional paper developer and hardening fixer. The print will be archivally-permanent with a full range of tones from warm blacks to clean transparent highlights that reveal the texture and color of the material underneath.
Exclusive Features:

  • Contrast: medium high, approximately #3 grade.
  • Coverage: Approximately 1 1/2 square feet per ounce.
  • No fumes, odors or VOC's: Liquid Light and other Rockland emulsions are made exclusively for darkroom coating and are the only brand of photographic emulsions with no phenol.
UPC: 798162001002

Rockland LLE8 Specs

Packaging Info
Package Weight0.66 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)6.7 x 2.35 x 2.15"

Rockland LLE8 Reviews

Fun Alt chemical

By Tim
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2022-01-24

was finally in stock. been wanting to play with this for a long time

Product sent to me might be defective

By Hannah
Rated 2 out of 5
Date: 2016-06-06

I've used this before and at that time it worked perfectly... The one B&H sent me was liquid even at room temperature (it should turn into gel and should be heated to become liquid)... manual said that if that was the case the emulsion was probably over-frozen and would affect adhesion - only way to explain how this time nothing right would come out of my prints when using the product before (I bought it elsewhere not here), it worked alright.

good instructions

Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2016-04-17

Great instructions come with this on how to prepare surfaces of various materials. Makes that step a lot easier. That being said, I also ordered Black Magic and the AG Plus because I recall liquid light being tricky to get good results.

Couldn't get it to work

By Ann the photog
Rated 2 out of 5
Date: 2015-12-07

We just couldn't get it to work--it's probably user error, but it was kind of a waste of money. Maybe I'll try again.

Expired, solid plastic

By Walter
Rated 1 out of 5
Date: 2021-06-21

They sold me a bottle that had expired and turned to solid plastic and was completely unusable.

Thought it was bad

By bjrohner
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2018-05-10

Believed material was gelled and no good - BP immediately replaced the order. In the meantime, research on the web revealed the solution needs to be heated to 110 or so. Placed in boiling water for a few minutes and product worked fine. Company needs to provide this information with the emulsion to save everybody a lot of trouble.

Very Good

By Fabianav
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2017-05-04

Very good

I'll order the larger one

By Yejeong K.
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2016-06-17

Easy to use, fun with handling materials. I thought it was liquid but I figured out that is was gel emulsion lol. I melted it and brushed on special paper. I'm waiting the result now, and it's so exciting. I will order again to test a lot more.

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i am planning to put this on wood and print on ...

i am planning to put this on wood and print on that. how long does it usually take to dry, and in the 8oz bottle, how many things can you coat? 11x17 or less
Asked by: Jeremy
Let it dry overnight and an 8oz bottle should cover about 2-3 11x17 pieces.
Answered by: Rob
Date published: 2021-02-16

Can I use this emulsion for a direct positive ...

Can I use this emulsion for a direct positive process?
Asked by: Rey
This emulsion does not offer a direct positive process.
Answered by: Kirk
Date published: 2021-06-23


I was wondering if I use this on fabric can that fabric be washed? And if so, can it be machine washed/are there any special instructions?
Asked by: Sarah S.
It will work on fabric; pre-washed 100% cotton is best. If the fabric is slightly damp, you will get better penetration of the emulsion. You will need more emulsion on fabric than typically used on paper. Let the emulsion dry or be near-dry on the fabric (in the dark of course) before exposing. Make several test strips in order to determine proper exposure etc. I would not suggest trying to wash the fabric and certainly not in a machine washer. Have fun.
Answered by: John M.
Date published: 2018-08-27


I bought this and spread on some papers in the darkroom. I've just developed it and all of them turned black. I was confused, and I developed one paper which didn't exposed to the light, and it still turned black which means the LIQUID has already exposed to the light! I ruined my expensive papers because of this. How can it be explained????
Asked by: Yejeong K.
Hey there. I also noticed in your picture that you used a brush with a metal bit on it. For some reason that little bit exposes the emulsion. You’ve got to use a brush made of wood and sponge.
Answered by: Emily
Date published: 2020-02-21


Is this a dark-field or direct image duplicating film emulsion?
Asked by: Anonymous
You apply the liquid light to paper or some other base, and then you expose and develop like you would with normal photographic silver emulsion paper.
Answered by: LARS J.
Date published: 2018-08-27


Will this emulsion work with a contact negative and a screen print exposure unit?
Asked by: Rachel L.
Probably but not positive. Instructions say you can use it with enlarger or a slide projector if making a very large print on canvas or large paper. Try contacting the manufacturer, Rockland Colloid.
Answered by: Michael M.
Date published: 2018-08-27


Can I use Liquid Light to coat glass negatives? I have my father's 100+ year old 4X5 view camera and I want to try to use it.
Asked by: Anonymous
Im not sure about putting it on negatives, but I printed negatives onto glass using this product. It works, but you need to use sand paper to scruff the glass to make the emulsion to stick through the development and fixing stages.
Answered by: Chelsea B.
Date published: 2020-07-26
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