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    Inkjet paper for alternative processes

    Due to convenience, I wonder if inkjet paper can be used for alternative processes, especially Cyanotype, Vandyke Brown, and salted paper process.

    - How does it compare with traditional fine art paper
    - Any precautions to apply photo sensitive chemicals to inkjet paper
    - Paper surface, glossy or matte, or between (Semi-Glossy, or Semi Matte, Satin, Lustre)
    - Paper weight
    - Washing

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    Inkjet paper is usually coated with an acrylic based cellulose containing polymer. Not ideal unless it's uncoated.

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    I have used it and it does work. However, most surfaces except the expensive paper lack character.

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    I will happily do some testing on the Canon papers i have from my time working there.

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    I tried it (cyanotype) and was not very pleased
    - blotchy
    - plasticky sheen
    - looks like an photoshopped inkjet image from distance.

    method discarded.
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    If the paper is acid free or archival by means of buffering, that would be bad for cyanotypes according to my understanding.

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    Most of the Hahnemuhle inkjet papers are coated versions of art papers that they have been making for years. Once at PMA I asked the rep about this, and they said that uncoated versions were available, and if I remember correctly, there is a distributor in New Jersey that handles them and can point to a retailer who can order them.
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    I've used inexpensive Epson paper (Premium Presentation) for argyrotyopes and it really formed a well toned and crisp image.



 

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