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Re: Paper for Pt/Pd

Hi Jon,

I typically use COT320 for pt/pd, though for some reason the batches I've used in the last year haven't been as consistently reliable as they used to be, but I do like that paper-- very smooth and heavy enough to not be a problem. I received some free Weston back when they were first giving out small packs. I really didn't like the results at all, and it was way too thin for my tastes. I think I gave away the rest of it. I recently bought some old Opaline from a friend who was selling off part of his stockpile; this paper is not made anymore, but the few pt/pd prints I've made on it recently are really very nice-- I like it a lot. I never liked Cranes Platinotype-- which, for me, always produced those little black spots, and I couldn't clear it to save my life-- no matter what I used. I do think the COT320 (I prefer the white) is a great paper for pt/pd, though-- and still made- though everybody seems to be "out of stock" at the moment. ?? My very favorite paper for pt/pd and cyanotype is Ruscombe Mills Buxton, but I simply can't afford it. It used to be $10 a sheet, which was bad enough, but now I think it's up to $20. Yikes. I really think it's the most amazing paper I've ever used, but I have no idea who can buy it at those prices.


On Sep 17, 2008, at 7:49 AM, Jon Reid wrote:

Hi all,

Pretty much my whole Pt/Pd printing experience has been on Arches Platine, both with silver and digitally produced internegatives, with the exception of some experiments with Japanese tissue papers (fun when wet!!). Shortly before moving house earlier this year I purchased some Cranes (Weston) Diploma Parchment after reading that it was a recommended substitute for Cranes Platinotype. I purchased 100 sheets in 11"x14" and packed it away while moving house.

Anyway, after working through winter here producing quite a number of 5"x7" pyro developed negatives and I am keen to start printing with a view to an exhibition. I opened the paper packet for the first time last night and was surprised by how warm it was. It is also lighter than I had thought (it was described in imperial on the Bostick + Sullivan website and i didn't bother to convert it to metric - I just assumed it would be quite heavy). Not only am I not sure that this is the best paper for this series of images - due to the warm tone, but i've realised that I didn't by enough to do the whole series in even an edition of four for an exhibition. I still have plenty of Arches Platine, and I will test print on both stocks this weekend but I wanted to ask, in light of all this, what peoples paper experiences and thoughts are?