[Alt-photo] cyanotype paper
Christina Z. Anderson
christinazanderson at gmail.com
Fri Dec 1 16:27:54 UTC 2017
I have been in paper testing mode for cyanotype for about two months now, and I found one winner from Freestyle Photo here:
I bet it is available in other countries because it comes from Japan.
It is pricey, I know. It is unbuffered which of course is great with cyanotype.
It has a beautiful satiny sheen.
It coats well. The solution doesn’t sink through the paper and when exposed it is very even. I tape it down and use a brush loaded with chemistry; I do not pour the chems onto the paper.
It is one of the few papers I have tested that is fine without an acid development. It has at least a 1.8 ES with plain water development (longer with acid) and a navy blue color. I can’t measure the DR for you because I don’t have a densitometer until next week. I finally bit the bullet and bought a used one on eBay. I’ve been printing all papers with a 4x5 31-step wedge so I can observe the ES.
With vinegar and citric it leans turquoise. With sulfamic it leans purple. Caveat: I am using classic cyanotype at only a 10% ferric ammonium citrate/10% potassium ferricyanide so YRMV, but UVBL exposures are 12-19 minutes with acid development.
It has great wet strength.
I think that sums it up. Fun to find another unbuffered paper to add to our arsenal; they are so very few and far between! They also carry Awagami Mitsumata but I did not like it half as well as the Gampi, but it is unbuffered, too.
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