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Attn. Tor + All re drying w/c paper flat.

Hi Tor, You have not specified the processes you use or the weights of the papers but, hopefully, this will not make any difference.

If you coat the back of the w/c paper with a 5% solution of gelatine and stick it to a sheet of lightly sandpaper roughened 2mm plexiglass, allowing the paper to dry thoroughly, ''before'' carrying out the process, you will be able to snap the paper off after the process when it has dried, and it will be perfectly flat.

Or, allow the paper to dry, after the process, with the ripples and then do as above coating the back of the print with gelatine solution and holding it flat on the plexiglass with a heavy weight to keep it down.

I have used this method on papers from 80 gsm to 400 gsm in a variety of textures with no problems.

Hope this helps and good luck.

Regards . John - Photographist - London - UK

----- Original Message ----- From: "Tor-Einar Jarnbjo" <tor-einar@jarnbjo.name>
To: <alt-photo-process-l@usask.ca>
Sent: Sunday, June 17, 2007 11:31 AM
Subject: Drying of handmade watercolour paper


To dry watercolour paper used for different fine print processes, I usually use adhesive tape to glue the paper onto a glass surface to keep the paper flat and prevent it from rippling during the drying process. This of course means, that I have to cut off the edges where the tape is still stuck to the paper after it is dried. Now I've got hand on some really nice hand made paper with "rough" edges, which I'd really like to keep, but if I dry the paper the described way, I would have to cut off the edges.

Do someone have a suggestion how to dry these papers and make sure the paper stays flat without ruining the edges with the tape?