I have been experimenting with making lasertype-cyanotypes on paper (300gsm). I have had some moderate success. I am reaching out to the hive mind to help perfect this process.
Here is the initial step wedge I did. There is poor tonal range. I have been working on a correction Curve for Photoshop.
This image was made with settings 1000/25/vary power, and 170lpi. The emulsion was applied by hand. While this looks cool, I am now venturing in to deeper waters. The black is ash. It is poetic.
This photo was created with 1000, 21, convert to dots, 170 with 2 passes. Still not great for tonal range.
I have been working on opening the tonal range.
But I haven’t had much success because of how inconsistent the laser is.
Does anyone have any ideas, beyond change the formula, for opening up the tonal range to get a better lasertype-cyanotype?
Also, while we are at it, I have begun playing around with Van Dyke Browns.
While this makes for a decent print, I want it to have more tonal range. VDB is tricky as it dries darker.
Here I combined the cyanotype and Van Dyke Brown processes. As the cyanotype washes out in the fixer, I am considering a 2 pass option to make it darker.
I am open for ideas on how to improve this process as well as any other comments you might have.