Re: Aluming Paper and cleaning it
- I looked at what I sent and see that I screwed up. I meant to say that I
use 1 TABLESPOON of alum per cup of hot water, not 1 teaspoon. Sorry about
that. The alum I use comes from Dharma Trading. Their directions say:
Dissolve 6-9 Tbsp. alum into 1 gallon of water to make a solution.
I mark a code on the backside to tell me that is not alumned. I use several
papers and when you use several white ones, it helps to know which one it
was a couple of months later, when you are deciding whether or not to use it
again. I flatten them after hanging and putting them in a plastic bag, with
the marked side up, so they are ready to go as I reach for them.
The ones I did yesterday on the Dick Blick 60# sketch paper came out well,
but I would like a "harder" surface so the lines look crisper. Iris Nevins
had suggested this paper, so I sent for some.
Do you use "laid" surface or what are some of the papers that work better
than others. They have apparently changed Canson MiTientes so that the alum
shows up "frosted" on them. I have good and bad luck with this paper.
I was going to go to my printer next week and see what he has. I think the
heaviest paper he has is 65# as I recall.
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