Re: cyanotype/buffered matboard

From: Anne van Leeuwen & Peter Hoffman ^lt;[email protected]>
Date: 10/30/04-04:07:41 PM Z
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Thanks so much. I may or may not reframe my pieces to get the buffered
mat away from the art.

Today I did pull out a cyanotype done quite awhile back, it was looking
faded but after being in the dark for awhile it's a wonderful prussian
blue again!

On Oct 30, 2004, at 2:13 PM, Tom Ferguson wrote:

> I haven't done actual tests, but cyans I did many (15?) years ago and
> (like you didn't know better) matted with buffered board are doing
> fine. I would question the paper you used before the mat board. Was
> the paper buffered? Also I would question how well the prints were
> washed/developed. Not to say that cyans on buffered board is a good
> idea (it isn't), just that other problems are more likely.
> Cyans are nicely archival if stored/exhibited correctly. Direct
> sunlight will fade them. If they are in a window, you will have
> problems. It has been "said" that storing a LIGHT (not chemical) faded
> cyan in absolute darkness for a few days/weeks will return it to a
> normal state. I have not tried this.
> In my experience you really have to abuse a cyan (on good paper and
> well washed) to get fading. Really bright direct sunlight for example.
> I just removed one of those old (15 year?) buffered mat cyans from my
> hallway. It had hung about 3 feet from an east facing large window
> with diffused glass for about a year. Two cyan "no-nos", buffered
> board and near a window. No apparent fading :-)
> On Saturday, October 30, 2004, at 11:45 AM, Anne van Leeuwen & Peter
> Hoffman wrote:
>> I have some cyanotype artwork with an agent. There seems to be some
>> fading going on. The work IS mounted on good buffered matboard
>> (after reading this list I know NOT to do this again). Will this
>> work last for 25 years or so, I am wondering what to do.
>> Just how damaging is the buffered matboard to a cyanotype piece?
>> I've received some good help from a couple a members of this list but
>> am wondering about more responses.
>> Thanks.
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> Tom Ferguson
Received on Sat Oct 30 16:06:34 2004

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