[Alt-photo] Another good paper for cyanotype

raven erebus ravene at gmail.com
Fri Mar 23 19:53:14 UTC 2018

So I ordered some of the Sumi-E and it was so long ago that I forgot your
note about the sheet between the paper. I'm sure you know where this is
going. LOL

So that sheet, as you probably know, is terrible for cyanotype, though
still stronger and better than copy paper, and it actually holds up in the
wash rather well. I had torn it into four pieces for testing and kept
getting light blue prints, exposing longer and longer each time didn't
help. In fact I thought maybe the first one I had put the wrong side up or
something. But no it's just the plain cover sheet. haha I guess I'll be
waiting for the next sunny day to try the actual sumi-E paper.

I did get a better price on Amazon but the wait was slow as it shipped from
Sweden to California. It's currently $24 with shipping.

I also tried yupo which was tricky to get the solution to stick... and then
because it's basically plastic, there was a lot of moisture from the plant
matterial so I ended up with something that looked much like a lumen print.
Washing it out was the disappointment I expected in that mostly it all
washed away despite careful rinsing. I may try again using some of daniel
smith's watercolor ground, or some other gesso assuming any of them will

Looking forward to experiencing the gorgeous smooth blue of the sumi-E.


On Wed, Jan 31, 2018 at 6:31 PM, 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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