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Re: Richard Bensons's new book

I tried this many years ago with an Epson PhotoEX (I think that is
what is was) and it made a big mess until I thickened the cyano
solution with some glycerin.  It still made a mess and I gave it up as
I figured the novelty-to-hassle ratio was not in in my favor.

On Fri, Jan 2, 2009 at 9:47 AM, jefulton1 <jefulton1@comcast.net> wrote:
> 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.
>>> Regards
>>> 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
>>> glitches.
>>> 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
>>> eight.
>>> Cheers
>>> Jack F