If you are in the mood for trying things, Rachelle, try adding a tiny bit of Photo-Flo to your cyanotype mixture (perhaps one drop of working solution per print). This might help the cyanotype chemicals to absorb into the paper easier. If it does not help, try 3 to 5 drops). Others might have more experience with this...
One other question...when you put the paper in the water, does any of the image seem to wash off? If it does, that is a sign that the chemicals are mostly sitting on the surface of the paper and not soaking in well. Two causes -- 1) heavy sizing in the paper keeping the chemicals from soaking it and/or 2) not letting the chemicals soak into the paper long enough before drying with a hair drier.
Good luck in your printing!! Vaughn
larry -- that is about the most ass-backwards method I have ever read! I love it! You take one of the simplest processes we have and complicate it almost as much as those formulas that add oxalic acid and dichromates to the cyanotype mixtures! That egg is just beautiful...and that is just on the computer screen! You are putting a lot of the image deep inside the paper -- probably where we can not see it, but instead sense it.
PS...I like to expose until the border around the negative actually begins to reverse itself and becomes lighter than the shadows in the image area.