Quote Originally Posted by Photo Engineer View Post

Presoak the starch before adding it to the emulsion. That will help.

The effect you describe is probably due to extreme hardness. ..snip... It could be the sizing in the paper itself which is somewhat of a hardener.

I cooked the starch until it gelled, might be the problem there. I read one account of adding a small amount of gelatin to the mix before adding to the emulsion.

I did some tests in white light on a spoiled batch of emulsion after adding iso alcohol and coating Fabriano. Then going through the dev., stop, ... ect., I observed the same thing. I thought it must have gotten pretty hard, but in the final water wash, the coating still came off the Fabriano paper.

This session I only coated Arches paper.

... thanXXXXX PE for all your well wishes and thoughtful comments.