Japanese "Goyu" Kozo paper 30grm

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  1. michael9793

    michael9793 Member

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    I just started using this paper or Pl/Pt and it is the thickness of tissue paper. they say at B&S that is spreads well with a brush or Rods. I tried it yesterday and the liquid went straight through the paper and never spread. after wetting the paper and reapplying the third time ( approx 30 drops at this point of each liquid. I got a soaking wet paper. I dried with a hair drier and printed. used a piece of acrylic for support and got through the process pretty well for my first time with working with something that is like wet toilet paper, buy the time it was finished. dried on the acrylic and pealed off it did not look bad at all other than the rips and folds. boarders where I did not concentrate on spreading the liquid came out very black. much more than my other papers. But the spreading of the liquid could put me in debt if I can't find a good way of doing it with less than 30 drops of palladium and so forth, on a 8x10.
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    Michael Andersen:confused:
     
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    Try humidifying the paper a bit before coating it. It should help even out how the liquid is absorbed into the paper.
     
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    Michael you may want to try the thicker version of the paper that B&S sells. It's easier to deal with but doesn't quite have as much "character" as the thinner one.
     
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    What I did with the thin stuff is I taped it gently to some aquarelle, folder it over the kozo, prepared my Pt/Pd puddle on the folded part, spread it out and got the rod wet and then pulled the wet rod over the kozo. Seemed to work, more or less. Alas I only had the small amount I got with the the B&S sampler, but I've ordered more. It really has a very nice character. The heavier stuff is fine too and doesn't have the lines.

    I've not tried prehumidifying the kozo, I figured it was too thin and loose-fibered. Anyway I think backing paper may be the key. Maybe you could prewet the backing paper and let a bit of moisture seep through the thin kozo?

    It's well worth the bother I think, that paper is pretty exquisite.

    I wonder about airbrushing the solution!
     
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    Could you possibley size the paper before you coat it.
     
  6. michael9793

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    Okay I have been on this all day. What I have done is this. I pre-soak the paper 6x8 on a stiff piece of acrylic. Blot it with paper towel to remove all excess water. then using a pippet and a glass rod I move the rod across the paper and release the mixture moving across the pippet ata fair sspeed moving the rod across the paper only twice. this keeps the paper from getting a roughed up surface. . I then leave the paper on the acrylic and dry it with a hair drier. I peal it off and expose. I dry it face down on glass to get a smooth surface.
    Maybe spraying the paper with water and using less may work too. I may try that next time. Prints are coming out nice. very black blacks. funny the color is a neutral gray versing the brown tone I get with the plantine.