[Alt-photo] cyanotype paper

John Isner john.isner at gmail.com
Wed Feb 21 16:18:56 UTC 2018

I recently began making cyanotypes.  I use the Ware formula and print on
Crane's Cover 90 lb Wove Finish, a paper that Mike Ware himself recommended
somewhere (I can't find the reference; it may be quite old).  I like the
Cranes very much.  The only problem is its availability.  I have lots of 9
x 11, but trying to find it in larger sizes is proving difficult impossible.
 I need an alternative ASAP.    I'm not interested in exotic papers, just
something with a smooth surface that works well with the New cyanotype, is
readily available (as in next day delivery!), comes in many sizes, and
doesn't cost an arm and a leg.  FYI I "develop" in running water and coat
with a puddle pusher, but will switch to a brush with larger size paper.

On the other hand, maybe someone knows of a secret source for the Cranes!


On Fri, Dec 1, 2017 at 9:27 AM, Christina Z. Anderson via
Alt-photo-process-list <alt-photo-process-list at lists.altphotolist.org>

> 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://www.freestylephoto.biz/174022-Awagami-Platinum-
> Gampi-Uncoated-Art-Paper-for-Platinum-Printing-60gsm <
> https://www.freestylephoto.biz/174022-Awagami-Platinum-
> Gampi-Uncoated-Art-Paper-for-Platinum-Printing-60gsm>
> 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.
> Chris
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