[Alt-photo] Another good paper for cyanotype

Peter Friedrichsen pfriedrichsen at sympatico.ca
Thu Feb 1 23:59:13 UTC 2018


Chris,

Are you coating with the traditional citrate based sensitizer?

BTW always good to get info on paper compatibilities. I would be interested in trying this paper.

Peter Friedrichsen

> On Jan 31, 2018, at 9:31 PM, Christina Z. Anderson via Alt-photo-process-list <alt-photo-process-list at lists.altphotolist.org> wrote:
> 
> Dear All,
> 
> Still testing papers for cyanotype…perhaps no one cares but here goes: 
> 
> Another paper I can wax poetic about for cyanotype. Probably to you Europeans this is old hat because it is not a new paper, only new to the US market.
> 
> I have not tested it for platinum/palladium; Mark Nelson will be soon. I’m just on this cyanotype paper testing roll (five months and counting).
> 
> Hahnemühle Sumi-E.
> 
> It is thin but strong, e.g. you can actually coat and hang it by clothespins to dry. But it is thinner than, say, a typical kozo paper.
> 
> It is packaged in the pads, with a sheet between each sheet to protect it so at first you may not know which is the paper!
> 
> It is 80 gsm. Very absorbent. Solution shoots through to the back so best to lay it like a U-shape into solution on a piece of glass or plexi, no problem with the cheapness of a cyanotype solution.
> 
> No need to tape down. It does not roll up like a scroll when coating like vellum does, but stays flat albeit wrinkles when brushing on the solution (hence the U-shape coating method). 
> 
> It prints a gorgeous, smooth blue with a long exposure scale (traditional cyanotype 10/10). Some Japanese/Asian papers print fibrous; this does not.
> 
> Exposure time calibrated for a 10/10 cyanotype is around 17 minutes. 
> 
> It is a rice paper so maybe 100% sulphite, but will find out. In any case, it is archival.
> 
> It is available in an approximate 19.5x25.5, or a 9.5x12.5-20 sheet pad or a 12x16-20 sheet pad. The latter is here:  https://www.dickblick.com/items/12487-1012/ <https://www.dickblick.com/items/12487-1012/>. At $1.36 per 12x16 sheet, this is really reasonable, perfect for a student budget. My students were thrilled with it.
> 
> The End.
> 
> Chris
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