[Alt-photo] Another good paper for cyanotype

Rob robk64 at yahoo.com
Wed Feb 14 18:11:31 UTC 2018

Would some sizing help with this paper or would doing so affect the quality of the image?


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> On Feb 14, 2018, at 3:13 AM, Graeme Lyall via Alt-photo-process-list <alt-photo-process-list at lists.altphotolist.org> wrote:
> 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
> drier.
> 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>
> 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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