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Re: Richard Bensons's new book

Why would one do this?
Hopefully, if the image was prepared correctly like one does in Mark Nelson's digital negative plan/method, you would be able to print with the chemistry directly to a piece of paper and expose it to the sun or light source and, voila, your cyanotype would appear. Then wash . . . no negative needed. The other hope is that w/Photoshop we could slowly perfect the appearance on screen so the printing would be able to render both highlight and shadow correctly.
I think it might be a shot-in-the-dark, so to speak, and my own question has been that if the material is sprayed on how would the varying densities come about in the shadow or highlight w/out such a negative. But, we have a printer and an idea and the testing will be fun.
Jack F

On Jan 2, 2009, at 6:57 AM, Barry Singer wrote:

What an interesting idea. Instead of ink, use your printer to spray chemicals. I suppose you then expose and process as usual. I guess you would get clear highlights, as no chemicals would be present there, but other than that, why would you do this?

B Singer

davidhatton@totalise.co.uk wrote:

Hi Jack,

It may be a good idea to have a set of cartridges with de-ionized water only in them. This way you could flush the heads through after every printing session. I think that should keep the nozzles clear.


David H

On Jan 2 2009, jefulton1 wrote:

I've got hold of an Epson 3000 printer, an older model. It used dye
inks but we also tried and used
pigmented inks. This idea bantered about regarding printing with cyano
chemicals or VDB has been
on my mind for years. Now I'll give it a try.
But before doing so would like your opinion on whether you think the
cyano chemistry will work in
the printer. The initial worry is whether the concentration of the
chemicals themselves, though
fully dispersed in water, can clog the nozzles.
Secondly, the print should be made in dim light, most likely also kept
with an opaque covering as
well. So, do you think the heads might 'cake' up?
Surely I could just go ahead and try to see what happens but
cumulative foresight may prevent
I'd like to think a decent watercolor paper would be fine.
Will try to delay print head speeds to allow for some drying or
soaking in between passes but I
cannot remember if the software allows that.
But any of your thoughts would be appreciated.
And, let's hope this new year is about five time better than the last
Jack F