As Scott said...
I use a blotter book. It's bound, light and portable. The Ziplock and Tupperware ideas are good; you especially don't want them to dry en route and stick to a surface such as another print.
A microwave oven works for drying quickly...
Thanks for the responses. What would be a good idea for prints up to sizes of 16x20? For that it seems a blotter book would be the only solution, but I wanted other ideas if there were any.
Hi, you can still use the wet stack of prints wrapped in plastic between sheets of cardboard to stiffen method for 16x20.
When I do fiber in a communal darkroom I give the prints a pre-wash and maybe a session in HCA, then I put them in a tray I bring from home for the ride home. They stay damp until I get home and then I put them in my archival washer or if there only a few of them I wash them with the tray soak and dump method. I dry fiber prints on dish towels, face down. The friction of the towels reduces curl and slows drying time. I find that dry down seems to be correlated with drying time. Dave
Originally Posted by DJGainer
I have this problem at work, we don't have good washing/drying/pressing for FB at the shop so do those steps at home. I give the prints a rinse then put them in a tray with a enough water to keep thing wet. I have used up to 16x20's in 16x20 trays. I then slip the tray in a plastic bag big enough for the tray and enough to fold the bag back over the tray. My commute is 25 miles ( one way ) and a ferry ride. I have never trusted blotters, blotter books or rolls and never trusted paper towels.
I have never had damaged prints or a leak.
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If you're travelling by car just leave them wet in a tray and dry them at home. I know someone who did it just like that. He used to print in a university darkroom till late at night. One night he picked me up on his way back home. We started talking about the photos. At one point he stopped the car under a street light, took the tray out of the trunk, and we spread the wet 30x40cm pictures all over the car bonnet to continue our talk there
A much better material than paper towels and reusable
Originally Posted by msage
is available at fabric stores. The material is called interfacing;
a non-woven hydrophobic material of polyester. VERY inexpensive.
I use it in conjunction with a special corrugated board which is
expressly manufactured for the purpose of drying flat sheet
materials. Use the material for transport and additional
same sheet material along with the board to create a
sandwich print dryer. Dry and Flat in one step. Dan
Tell us about this corrugated material...?
Do you dry all your prints this way? Any clamping or weighting involved?
The best deal I've found for the material is at
Originally Posted by PVia
www.forestry-suppliers.com . Search there for,
ventilators . If interested also search for, driers .
A dozen 12x18 ventilators are $8.65; plus S&H,
about $15. Good for 22 8x10s, 11 11x14s. I've
now 24 5x7s drying. Slow, I allow as much as
a week. No hurry high production here; slow
room temperature drying.
I've not bought any of the driers because it hit
upon me that some hydrophobic material would do
better. My prints are sponge dried both sides prior to
being sandwiched within the stack. On top rests 8
pounds of just the right size magazines; a few
more in the middle due to a slight warpage of
the moisture resistant corrugated board.
Corrugated stack dryers are hardly anything new.
Burke & James, Salthill, and others have manufactured
and Kodak marketed a corrugated roll-up dryer.
Archival Suppliers are another source. The herbarium
and plant press designation should not diswade Dan