Blueprinting paper for cyanotypes

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  1. gr82bart

    gr82bart Member

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    Has anyone ever tried using blueprinting paper for their cyanotypes? I know the paper comes in two 'speeds' and it appears a box of 250 11x17 sheets or a full roll is a lot less than Arches paper covering the same quantity.

    I mean, you'd just have to expose the paper to UV light, right? And then wash it off for the print, I guess? Anyone?

    Just a thought.

    Regards, Art.
     
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    When I ran blueprints as a kid there was always a knock-down ammonia funk that was out of this world strong, but things may have changed since then. The exposure was certainly UV, but every machine I used had ammonia in the development process...

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    I've got a "Sun Print" kit from a toy store to do this with my daughter. I assume it's some type of blue print paper. It seems ok, but the paper itself is not real high quality stuff so you're not really comparing apples to apples.

    In any case, it is fun to play with, gives some decent tones and it's cheap. Probably a lot cheaper if you buy it as blueprint paper instead of a toy store kit :smile:

    Nathan