RE: Question about Masa paper
The paper I have matches the description:
"...Used as an inexpensive sumi, printmaking, marbling and fine
letterpress paper, Masa is a soft, white paper with the traditional
absorbency and feel of handmade Japanese papers. Machine-made in Japan
from sulphite, it is internally and surface-sized..."
It's very smooth and almost shiny on one side and finely textured /
fibrous on the other side (also matte).
The paper may remain in water for 24 hours without falling apart (yes, I
forgot few sheets in water...) and it's quite absorbent; I had to use
about 66% - 25% more sensitizer per same area when compared to other
Printing multilayer gum on it? Not an endeavor for the faint-hearted...
Hope this helps,
From: Katharine Thayer [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Tuesday, January 23, 2007 1:23 AM
Subject: Question about Masa paper
The Masa paper I have, seems somewhere in between. It's soft and
fuzzy (nappy) on one side, and hard (not waxed, really, but smooth)
on the other side, and the paper is about the thickness of typing
paper. So I'm curious, Loris, is the Masa paper you've printed
cyanotype on anything like this? I'm asking because if my paper is
outdated, there's no point in perfecting printing on it. Thanks,