Cyanotypes are created using a photographic printing process where two chemicals painted onto paper (or fabric etc) and allowed to dry in a dark room. Objects are then arranged on the paper, and it is exposed to the sun to develop. The exposed paper around the objects develops a cyan-blue colour, leaving silhouettes and shapes of your objects.
Migaloo Press did a play-day, lead by Jen who has experience in cyanotypes. I had done some years ago but was keen to update my skills and to use cyanotype chemicals I had stored in my art room (on the 'must do' list).
|Exposing the paper, with leaves and stones.|
Its behind glass to ensure good contact and so that
the leaves don't blow away.
|The resulting print from the exposure in the previous photo.|
It was a cloudy day so this is a pale print even after 20minutes exposure time.
|Another exposure, with a bee image (cut from paper), sedge,|
string, talc, and a hexagon stencil.
I'm not a minimalist as you can see!
This exposure only took 5 minutes as it was
a bright sunny day.
|Cyanotype print using Shepherds' Purse weed, talc, and a paper stencil.|
|The same cyanotype print with a lithograph printed|
on top afterwards.