Re: Wrinkled Prints
I had similar problems working with papyrus; I would leave it hanging
overnight and find it curled up into a ball. Here's how I ended up
dealing with it.
I would hang it with clothespins in each corner for about 20 minutes (if
your paper's really thin, you'll probably need less time) until it was
fairly dry, but still damp. Then I wrapped it in blotting paper and
pressed it overnight. It was dry the next morning and wrinkle free.
On Wed, February 7, 2007 10:04 am, Ritab19106@aol.com wrote:
> I am applying silver emulsion (liquid light) to Japanese paper. I have
> posted in the past about myriad problems and have appreciated all the
> My latest problem is that the prints dry (after typical darkroom
> with many wrinkles. A few wrinkles are lovely, and contribute to the
> dimensional look I am seeking, but when the piece of (otherwise beautiul)
> paper is completely crinkled, it is both unattractive and makes the image
> to read.
> I have had this problem much more frequently lately, so I'm guessing it is
> related to the increased forced hot air heating (and low humidity) now
> we're having a deep freeze on the East Coast.
> Here's what I've tried so far: after squeegee-ing the prints, I lay them
> screens and surround the edges with little stones to keep the whole print
> from curling up. After they dry a little bit, I put pellon around the
> and then weight them down with a few books. They never completely dry in
> the pellon, but when they are only a little damp, I move them to blotters
> the final drying. The result is better than if I left the prints on the
> screens for the entire time, but still pretty lousy.
> I do have a dry mount press, but I'm guessing the heat would destroy the
> emulsion, and when I use the press cold, all it does is flatten the
> creases, not
> restore the paper to a smoother state.
> I do have a humidifier that operates with my home heating system, though
> not sure it generates much moisture. Would a free standing humidifier in
> the darkroom be a good idea?
> I'd be grateful for any advice.
> Rita B