We’ve had a strange winter so far, one week dipping down to -10F (-23C) for the lows, then the next week rising to 60F (15.5C) for a high. Well this past weekend we had mild weather and very sunny days, so I decided to break out my contact printing frame I got for Christmas and try my hand at cyanotypes again.
I did a few tests with Arches Platine and Cover/Velin and decided I liked the Cover/Velin best for the negatives I have. I did a few with 2 very light coats, and one with 2 moderate coats, brushed on and allowing each coat to dry thoroughly in between. I used the same digital negatives that I had from the Ziatype workshop (I probably need to make some more for future experiments). I also did a few direct prints from my 4×5 negatives, but I wasn’t all that happy with the results of those with this process.
I think personal ideal would be someplace between these last two. I like the rich blue of the longer exposure with the 2 moderate coats, but it is far too contrasty for my tastes. Then again the original photo had a fair amount of contrast, but I think I could alter the curve on the digital negative and get better results.