Date: 10/11/02-01:56:08 PM Z
I don't think this is off topic, because you can test how images will look on
paper this way before making an Alt Photo print on them too.
I have used a variety of Japanese hand made papers from AIKO (www.aiko.com)
and we are fortunate enough to have a store here in the Chicago area. So far
I have used a lot of the rice papers. They are usually pretty thin, but make
beautiful prints and are great floated between two pieces of glass or mounted
against another piece of hand made Japanese papers.
Aiko has a nice catalogue that you can order with samples of their papers.
Some of the sales people can tell you about which papers will hold up for Alt
Photo and for digital printing. Usually a sized paper will work better,
because it will hold more of the ink on the surface. However, sometimes it
looks nice also with more dot gain.
Some of the papers you have to tape the leading edge on to a firmer piece of
paper to get it to feed through, though I have run some very fine papers
through my printer without doing this. If you do use another sheet
underneath, be carefull that the suction caused by the printhead movement
doesn't lift the edges on the side of the paper because this could cause
tearing of the paper, ink smearing and possible damage to the print head. I
use an Epson 10000 that has a suction to help hold the paper firmly, in
addition to the rollers. For lighter papers you would want to set the
suction lower, or if using a backing paper, perforate it a bit so the suction
action gets through to the top sheet.
Obviously you can't use the really thick, textured papers or you will have a
problem with them hitting the print head. Also, be carefull of papers that
have a lot of loose fibers or fuzz, since this can build up on your printhead
and plug it, or leave a residue that will cause white spots on subsequent
Some papers look better if you move the output slider in levels up a bit on
the dark end.
Do you remember the name of the book?
Hope this helps,
In a message dated 10/11/02 1:23:56 PM, email@example.com writes:
<< Please excuse this question if you feel it is off topic. I do not want to
belong to a digital list. What japanese papers have you all successfully
printed on with a digital ink jet printer? I have heard mention of gampi,
and one prof I know prints on mulberry. Any other experiences? I am so
bummed; I had a book on this and lent it to a student and cannot remember
who I lent it to (arrggggghhhhhhh). Email me offlist if you feel this is
off topic, but heck, you could be scanning your alt process work into your
flatbed scanner and printing it onto a new surface, so it does apply if not
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