Nicole Small | One on One

Cyanotype – Mannequin Blues

Here I am once again with a few Cyanotype tests.

Initially, I was not placing these as tests, but as part of a new Cyanotype series . The thought of the creative idea I had seemed right, but after having gone through the complete process, my view completely changed. I thought that they would have come out with a little more visual punch. Since these photographs will no longer be part of a new Cyanotype series, I thought that I would switch it up to an informative entry.


In an earlier journal entry, I had written about key factors that you should consider before selecting a paper for Cyanotype printing.

In the very beginning, I worked with Fabriano’s hot press water color paper. There was no real reason why I chose hot press, (no texture), over cold press, (with texture), I just choose what seemed right for me. Over time I found buying paper in the packs of how they sold them was becoming quite expensive, (a pack of 20 sheets at 12×16 inches in size costing just under 60$).


I had wondered if there was a way to buy paper in bulk so I had called a well known art and craft store in Montreal, Deserres to see of possibilities. I was surprised to discover that they did, (and still do), they sell paper in bulk in the form of a roll sizing in at 1.4x10M long weighted at 300 grams. The cost of the roll, $189.99 plus taxes which is pricey but the doors of freedom become wide open! The twist for me at the time was that they only had the cold press, (textured), water color paper in stock which was what I was not use to working with, I bought it anyway knowing that I could easily adjust if I needed to. The roll lasted for 2 years and as of a few weeks ago, I used the last from the roll for this entry.

My plan for a new Cyanotype series was to return to working with Fabriano’s hot press water color paper, just to change things up but since I had a few pieces left from the roll of cold press, I thought to make a comparison between both papers before investing in a roll of either the hot press or cold press water color paper.


Here they are sided by side. What are your thoughts?


My Observations:

I found between the two papers, under the same weather conditions, the hot press water color paper exposure times are cut to almost half the time needed for the cold press water color paper. I also found that the hot press paper gives me the tones of blue that I adore more than the cold press water color paper.

Which do you prefer?

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