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Re: Frame color for cyanotype

Hey Francis,

I never use black frames, either, and I also didn't read that fine print!  Fortunately, I'd used a fairly dark wood anyway, so she didn't change it out-- but when I was there, she did say that several people had missed that fine print. :)

I agree about the cherry wood frames-- they tend to go well with everything--even straight color prints--surprisingly.   

Thanks for the tip about Ikea.


On Oct 13, 2008, at 1:25 PM, francis schanberger wrote:

Carole & Katherine,

I print traditional cyano, Ware Cyano and VDB. I prefer a hardwood frame like dark walnut, cherry and lately a stained birch from IKEA.  A contemporary white painted hardwood frame also looks great.

I have not framed my work in a black frame for ages. I forgot to read the fine print for a recent Tilt gallery (http://www.tiltgallery.com)  exhibition recently and sent them a my VDB in a walnut frame instead of the black. Melanie (Craven) had to paint it black.

-francis schanberger


On Mon, Oct 13, 2008 at 1:01 PM, Katharine Thayer <kthayer@pacifier.com> wrote:
Hi Carole, I was sort of waiting for someone who prints cyanotype to jump in here, since I don't.  But I do often print monochrome gum prints in Prussian blue, which is essentially the same compound that makes up a cyanotype; these prints are often mistaken for cyanotypes, and I find the pewter-colored frames as compatible with that color as with other colors of gum. But I'm a little confused;  I'm probably not the one who recommended the particular frame you list, since I've always used American Frame's aluminum frame which while it is definitely a pewter-ish color, is listed as "German silver."   So I don't know if the pewter-colored frame you mention is the same color as the frames I use.

Not sure that's helpful, but it's the best I can do.  I'll take my name off the subject line and maybe someone who has a favorite frame color for cyanotype will chime in and offer a helpful suggestion.  Good luck,

On Oct 12, 2008, at 2:33 PM, gumprint@gmail.com wrote:

Hello Katherine,

A while ago you recommended framingsupplies.com's aluminum frame "Old World Pewter" color #23 style 85 for alt prints. It is the perfect color for me for gum and vandyke and I have been using them exclusively. However, cyanotype just doesn't work with it, especially when I use a non-white . . more like eggshell paper. I find black too harsh and silver looks ridiculous. Any suggestions?



Carole Hollander

Large Format and Alternative Photographic Processes Gathering
(Meeting monthly in Metro Washington DC)