[alt-photo] Re: Evil Black Spots on Arches Platine

Paul Viapiano viapiano at pacbell.net
Mon Aug 16 16:36:36 GMT 2010

D. Mark,

Can you source some individual sheets of Platine from local art stores to 

Your problem is most likely the paper. It's the thing that jumps on printers 
all the time. As soon as you get in a groove and think you have it all 
together, the formulation switches or you get a batch with anomalies...it's 
a given.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "D. Mark Andrews" <mark at dragonbones.com>
To: <alt-photo-process-list at lists.altphotolist.org>
Sent: Sunday, August 15, 2010 7:44 PM
Subject: [alt-photo] Evil Black Spots on Arches Platine

> So I've been trying to print a set of exhibition prints this past two 
> weeks
> and I'm at my wits end. Over half the sheets of Arches Platine are 
> printing
> with evil black spots. I've seen this before, but have never had this much
> trouble. I'm told/read this is batch dependent, but a bit fearful of 
> buying
> another batch just to have the same problem. What a waste!
> I really love this paper but feel at this point that I have to switch to
> another. Any ideas? I'm printing 8x10 prints on 11x14 sheets of paper.
> Bergger COT-320 seems to be impossible to find. Prefer something 
> white/cool
> in color. Fabriano Artistico and Rives BFK are a possibility, but not 
> crazy
> about them.
> Has anyone tried Somerset satin? I think I have some on hand to test. It's
> supposed to be ph neutral.
> Mark
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