Paper and artpaper

The paper base or substrate used to create a print can make a huge difference to the final result. Learn about paper basics, sizing, choosing and working with papers and art papers.

Paper basics: Buffering

In alternative photographic processes, the choice of paper plays a crucial role in achieving a good print as well as in the archival quality and longevity of prints. Buffered and…

Papers for chrysotype

Christina Z. Anderson gives us her best tips for chrysotype papers. If you want to learn more about Chrysotypes, there is plenty to know in Leanne MacPhee’s book, Chrysotype. Writer…

Sizing or subbing papers

An excerpt from Jill Enfield’s book Photo-Imaging (unfortunately out of print!) complete with how-to and formulas on how to size papers.

Coating paper by floating, rod or brush

The three most common ways of coating emulsion onto paper are floating the paper, using a coating rod, or brushing it on. An extract from the book Alternative Photography Processes.

Making paper by hand

Anne Storm van Leeuwen outlines a very simpliflied process of making paper. An introduction the old craft of papermaking.

Paper basics

While a variety of surfaces can be coated various emulsions, paper is the most widely used for most processes and the most preferred.