Papers for Cyanotype - experiences?

Discussion in 'Large Format' started by richard_rankin|2, Mar 31, 2002.

  1. I have been using some inexpensive (relatively speaking) Crane Kid Finish paper from Bostick & Sullivan for my first cyanotype prints. I'm fairly satisfied but was wondering if others here have tried various papers and could mention some of the potential benefits/drawbacks of each, not only as to the printing but the subsequent toning. <BR><BR>

    Cheers, Richard
     
  2. Curiously enough, I made my first test cyanotypes this weekend. I
    used Crane's platinotype paper, and also made a print on a sheet of
    paper called "commercial etching" paper (a gift from a person I know
    that does photogravures). Both seemed to give nice results. I tried
    some post treatment with hydrogen peroxide, but that didn't seem to
    change the color too much. Would be interested in hearing how you are
    doing.
     
  3. Cranes paper works ok, according to others. I have used Whatman
    Watercolour HP and it works really great. I don't know whether they
    still make that paper. It needs to have a weight of around 200 gsm,
    otherwise it gets harder to keep the wet print from tearing apart.

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    If you want some great quality (and don't paying for it as it really
    is made by hand) I think the hand-made Buxton papers are the best.
    They be obtained in reams or in retail quantities (10 imperial-sized
    sheets for £50) from Silverprint. (www.silverprint.co.uk)

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    Atlantis Silver-Safe is also recommended. Cyanotype is finicky when
    it comes to paper quality and the chemicals most paper producers put
    in their papers (such as sizing and so on). I don't know how many
    types of paper I've gone through trying to find something that I
    don't need to import from England.

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    I have no experience with toning of the prints.

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    If you got any further questions, keep'em coming!

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    Jimi
     
  4. Just to add some others to my own original posting - I've purchased
    some Arches watercolour paper (300 gsm) and will be trying that
    today. I've also tried some cheap packs from Kmart and have been
    able to print down to 110 gsm without too much trouble. The faux
    parchment paper (120 gsm) looks horrible when wet but interesting
    when dry. The 'translucent' (110 gsm) is also interesting but curls
    horrible when first wet - either with solution or developer bath. I
    even tried some Reflex computer paper. It curled when wet
    (horribly) but I ended up with a not-so-bad very high contrast print.
    <BR><BR>
    At the arts & crafts store there was also a sale on leftover linen
    paper 500 gsm - 500 sheets for $9.95 AU (about $6 US)! I'm trying
    that but surely life can't be that good... <BR><BR>
    I also bought some 2mm thick coloured foam pieces and will try and
    print on those. I'll post a followup if any one is interested or
    just email me. I do Victorian style photos using 1800's lenses and
    the results I'm getting with both cyanotype and Centennial POP and
    exceeding my hopes and expectations for an
    authentic 'look'.<BR><BR>As an aside -why isn't there an 'alternative
    process' category? Maybe we should ask for one as it is difficult to
    find info here without a search engine.
    <BR><BR>Cheers, Richard
     

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