[Alt-photo] cyanotype paper

Marek Matusz marekmatusz at hotmail.com
Fri Dec 1 20:34:17 UTC 2017

That looks like an exciting find. All the Japanese papers that are unbuffered are great for salt and I also have least staining problems with them.

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On Dec 1, 2017, at 8:27 AM, Christina Z. Anderson via Alt-photo-process-list <alt-photo-process-list at lists.altphotolist.org<mailto:alt-photo-process-list at lists.altphotolist.org>> wrote:

Dear All,

I have been in paper testing mode for cyanotype for about two months now, and I found one winner from Freestyle Photo here:

https://nam01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.freestylephoto.biz%2F174022-Awagami-Platinum-Gampi-Uncoated-Art-Paper-for-Platinum-Printing-60gsm&data=02%7C01%7Cmarekmatusz%40hotmail.com%7C326c602c403f420cf6cc08d538d87356%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C636477424653829294&sdata=lHktFfO5JfPo5xrP4mpNrVGnhJoSF5UqlsFi9O8vUT4%3D&reserved=0 <https://nam01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.freestylephoto.biz%2F174022-Awagami-Platinum-Gampi-Uncoated-Art-Paper-for-Platinum-Printing-60gsm&data=02%7C01%7Cmarekmatusz%40hotmail.com%7C326c602c403f420cf6cc08d538d87356%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C636477424653829294&sdata=lHktFfO5JfPo5xrP4mpNrVGnhJoSF5UqlsFi9O8vUT4%3D&reserved=0>

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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