[Alt-photo] cyanotype paper

Christina Z. Anderson christinazanderson at gmail.com
Thu Feb 22 20:24:14 UTC 2018

> There is a new paper from Hahnemuhle called SumiE that Christina and others have been touting recently. I haven't tried it yet, but it's on my list for the next round of testing. It doesn't seem to be widely available yet, at least in the US, but Dick Blick <https://www.dickblick.com/products/hahnemuhle-sumi-e-paper-pads/?clickTracking=true&wmcp=pla&wmcid=items&wmckw=12487-1095&gclid=Cj0KCQiAzrTUBRCnARIsAL0mqczC4uoA86y9bCBQT82W9uWxeTsvbmODs8lGpx7yAScLwEW0vXnAY9caAmsbEALw_wcB> has it. 
> Hope this helps,
> Keith

Keith and John, 
Sumi-e is not at all like Cranes and would only be what you are looking for if you want a washi. It is very thin and Cranes was more like a sort of…card stock thickness. Or maybe I’m thinking of Crane’s Platinotype and not Wove Finish? Sumi-e does print an incredibly smooth tonal range. Actually Cranes almost has the feel of Legion Rising Drawing Bristol 2-ply (Rising Artist’s Bristol at Dick Blick) which I have found good for traditional cyanotype.
If he wants a washi more like Crane’s, I would highly recommend the Japanese Mulberry/Heavy Kozo paper that Bostick and Sullivan sells. It prints a beautiful and smooth turquoise blue and is a cream color like Crane’s Cover/Platinotype used to be. And it  has a very smooth front with a more textured back.
However, I am not using Ware’s but traditional and my testing has not begun with Ware’s yet.
One other AWESOME choice for a cream colored paper is from Twinrocker, either May Linen or Cream in a cotton or cotton rag LA or light art weight, and have them hot press it on one side. Twinrocker papers are not buffered. I do not like their three watercolor papers, even if they were hot pressed. They are still too textured. I gave them my best shot, really, but no. Their other papers are the BOMB. Twinrocker is not cheap though, $12.60 for a 22x30. But Platine is not cheap either. Hahnemuhle Platinum Rag is excellent for cyanotype but is not cream.
With acidification I bet Stonehenge and Lenox 100 could come close and they are very cheap. Both creamy white. But there are so many good papers not requiring acidification that I prefer to go that route.

>> On Feb 21, 2018, at 9:18 AM, John Isner via Alt-photo-process-list <alt-photo-process-list at lists.altphotolist.org> wrote:
>> 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!
>> John
>> 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>
>> wrote:
>>> 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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