Category Archives: Papers

Buxton Platinotype – Part I

In trading some e-mails with Mike Ware, he suggested I might try Buxton paper from Ruscombe Paper Mill in France. The paper was developedĀ at Mike’s instigation for use in alternative photographic processes. Properly called Buxton Platinotype by the mill, Mike describes its creation and properties extensively on his web site. Fine art paper manufacture is […]

The New Cyanotype Continued

It’s early morning and still dark out. I’m heating up distilled water to prepare the single bottle emulsion for the New Cyanotype process. What if you were able to print cyanotypes with the tonal range of palladium, and its detail, and have it clear with the ease of a platinum print with little loss of […]

Paper Revival: Weston Diploma Parchment Plat/Pal

So, I’ve recently made some beautifully detailed, smoothly toned cyanotypes using my store of discontinued Crane’s Weston Diploma Parchment and Mike Ware’s new cyanotype process. I purchased 250 sheets of 11 inch by 14 inch, and 100 sheets of 28 inch by 34 inch in June 2007 from Bostick and Sullivan. The paper is extremely […]

Recent Extinctions: Crane’s Weston Diploma Parchment

I settled on a paper for making cyanotypes using Mike Ware’s new cyanotype process, a natural tone Crane’s Weston Diploma Parchment. Crane Paper Company stopped manufacturing this paper a year ago. It was considered a worthy successor to the whiter, also discontinued, Crane’s Platinotype. I had been struggling unsuccessfully with Arches Platine and Bergger COT […]

Arches Platine

One of the extreme pleasures of alternative processes is playing with some very fine papers. Compared to a purely digital darkroom, alternative processes afford a very sensual experience. For the past couple days I have been coating (and coating and coating) Arches Platine with cyanotype emulsion. Mark Nelson had said that Christina Z. Anderson (I […]