Alternate Processes

I've been working on learning how to use a wide variety of photographic processes. The norm nowadays is fresh out of the box factory made gelatin silver coated paper exposed under an enlarger using small negatives. The hand crafted processes that I am interested in as of late are generally referred to as Alternate Processes. All of the chemicals are coated onto paper by hand to create a light sensitive emulsion, not by a machine in a factory thus being an alternative process (apparently). A 4x5 inch negative is placed directly in contact with the emulsion of the paper with a sheet of glass on top, creating a sandwich of sorts. Even without much machinery involved this process of contact printing creates very beautiful prints.