[Alt-photo] Another good paper for cyanotype

Christina Z. Anderson christinazanderson at gmail.com
Fri Feb 2 01:33:46 UTC 2018


Yes. Traditional 10/10 fac :pot ferri .


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> On Feb 1, 2018, at 4:59 PM, Peter Friedrichsen <pfriedrichsen at sympatico.ca> wrote:
> 
> 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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