[Alt-photo] cyanotype over palladium

Christina Z. Anderson christinazanderson at gmail.com
Sun Mar 6 15:55:01 UTC 2016

There are quite a few of us that print this combination on the list but only one has responded so I’ll say what I do.
I do a duotone negative separation, using the RGB negs. The R neg prints the cyanotype, the GB print the platinum.
I curve each negative with its own curve as platinum has a longer exposure scale than cyanotype. PDN CCIII curve system.
Each exposure is exactly as it should be, derived from finding out the standard printing time for each process.
No difference in curve, printing, chemistry. Just as is. Processing exactly the same. Platinum goes on first, of course.
There is no need to size paper in this process. I do shrink my paper beforehand though.

On Mar 5, 2016, at 12:31 PM, Bob Cornelis via Alt-photo-process-list <alt-photo-process-list at lists.altphotolist.org> wrote:

> I’m going to try printing (Ware) cyanotype over palladium and have a couple of questions for those of you who’ve done this before. I’m using the QTR method of making digital negs.
> - if you have a custom QTR curve for palladium and cyanotype, is it best to use a different neg for the 2 processes?
> - any suggestion on how long the cyanotype exposure should be relative to what a straight cyanotype exposure would be?
> - any difference in the cyanotype chemistry (dilution, etc) to use given it’s over palladium?
> - is it true that, unlike gum, I don’t need to size/harden the palladium print?
> - any difference in processing the cyanotype? I been developing cyanotypes with 45 sec in water with 1 tbs citric acid, then 15 sec in water+peroxide, then 20 min in water bath
> - is it better to print the palladium differently somehow than how I’d do a straight palladium (more open shadows, for example)?
> I appreciate any up front pointers!
> thanks
> Bob
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