Apparently I’m out of practice at printing cyanotypes. That’s ok though, because this image was really just a test print to see if I’m happy with the composite look. After a few months of preparation and pure laziness, Project Joy is finally in the pipeline to be printed. Assuming I like the composite.
I’m still not really sure if I do like it or not. Although the composite look fits my overall concept (this project will be combined with some of my grandmother’s images, also in a composite/puzzle format) I’m still not totally happy with the broken image. I need to decide now if I’m going with a composite look or if I’m going to attempt to have someone else print my negatives in a larger size (and pay out the nose for it.)
Either way, I need to ditch my sizing brush and rethink how to coat the paper. Despite being pre-treated with wood glue to eliminate shedding, there are still an inordinate amount of hair-like bristles floating around and ruining the print. I even had trouble with my new batch of sizing glopping all over the place and ruining the finish. For such a simple process, I seem to find ways of making things harder on myself.
Paper: Canson Montval watercolor, sized with Arrowroot sizing
Emulsion: cyanotype, double coated
Negative(s): digital inkjet negative printed on Arista OHP