[Alt-photo] Another good paper for cyanotype

Graeme Lyall graemelyall at gmail.com
Wed Feb 14 10:13:46 UTC 2018

Hi Chris

I tried the paper using standard cyanotype, in 20/8 proportions (which I
took from Crawford's "Keepers of Light") and it was very nice.  Using a 5x4
negative, I got a stunning amount of detail, and a long exposure scale, as
you suggested.  And a deep satisfying blue, despite the thin paper.

On coating, the solution immediately soaked right through, which suprised
me, and perhaps either side could be printed on.  In fact I lost track of
which side was which.  I will be more careful next time.

Despite the minimal handling in the coating, and considerable care in
developing and drying, the paper ended up with a slightly begraddled look.
I might think of pressing it when drying, even using a fibre based print

Thanks again.

Graeme Lyall

On Thu, Feb 1, 2018 at 2:31 AM, Christina Z. Anderson via
Alt-photo-process-list <alt-photo-process-list at lists.altphotolist.org>

> 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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