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Multi colored cyanotypes « Cyanotypes. Writer and photography / Filipe Alves Cyanotypes are usually blue.

Multi colored cyanotypes « Cyanotypes

Or toned into a sepia color. Filipe shows us how to get both blue and sepia into the same cyanotype. Image right: 3 possible “primary colors” giving a very limited range of hues. The cyanotype process is a great way to create monochromatic prints that show that wonderful Prussian blue, or, using tea and other chemicals: purple, and brown prints may be created. Nontoxic Printmaking, Safe Painting & Printed Art. Cyanotype Store. Photographers' Formulary 07-0091 Liquid Cyanotype Printing Kit : Darkroom Photographic Chemicals.

Sunprints. Sunprints. Cyanotype toning: the basics. “No one but a vandal would print a landscape in red, or in cyanotype.”

Cyanotype toning: the basics

(Peter Henry Emerson: Naturalistic Photography for Students of the Art, London: Sampson Low, Marston, Searle and Rivington, 1889) Citation courtesy of Luminous Lint/Mike Ware. I happen to agree with Mr. Emerson so I tone pretty much all of my cyanotypes. I have several posts about different toners and how they (generally) look, but this post will go over the basic process of toning and try to troubleshoot a few common problems.

Toning a cyanotype involves two basic steps: a bleach phase, and a toning phase. If you’re concerned about the archival quality of your toned cyanotypes, Dr. Keep in mind that toners are funny things – you can mix and match things, you can vary the sequence of bleach and toner and get different results. 1. Before you start your toning, always: ToningWithTea.pdf. 3CG. Tri-Color Gum with Cyanotypeby Sam Wang Gum or gum-bichromate printing is a very flexible process capable of producing very beautiful and permanent prints.


Although volume upon volumes have already been written on the process, few contain information that readers can follow to obtain repeatable results. This is partly because we generally do not work in scientifically monitored environments and often have no real control on the great number of variables. Each of us then needs to develop techniques based on what works for him or for her. This article is a quick run-through on what has worked for me. My tri-color gum process may be different from others’ in three areas: 1/ Digitally created color-separation negatives,2/ homemade gum, and 3/ the use of cyanotype for one of the colors. These contribute to the success of my prints, as well as to their distinctive “look.” Formulary Liquid Cyanotype Kit - 1 Liter.

Blue Sunprints Cyanotype Sensitized China Silk Scarf - Turquoise. Bluesunprints China Silk Scarves (100% Silk Chiffon) are coated with Cyanotype solution which, when exposed to sunlight with objects or a negative placed on top, will yield the color of the scarf on a bluish background.

Blue Sunprints Cyanotype Sensitized China Silk Scarf - Turquoise

Size is approximately 9 inches by 54 inches. (Some shrinkage from the original 9 inch x 54 inch material has occurred in the coating & treating process.) Simple to do. Just place your image or object on the Sunprint silk scarf. Set it out in the sun for 10 - 15 minutes. Can be pressed with a warm dry iron before printing to remove wrinkles. Includes step-by-step instructions in English, French, German, Spanish & Japanese. Product is coated both sides so you can print on either or both sides, then rinse with water. Conforms to ASTM D4236 regulation stating that this product can be used safely as an "art material" or "craft material" for use by children and is Non-Toxic. Making Cyanotype Prints. The Cyanotype, which is also known as ferroprussiate or blueprint was invented by Sir John Herschel in 1842, when he discovered that ferric (iron) salts could be reduced to a ferrous state by light and then combined with other salts to create a blue-and-white image.

Making Cyanotype Prints

Not long after, Anna Atkins, one of the few women in photography during that century, published the first book with photographs instead of illustrations, "British Algae: Cyanotype Impressions" Cyantype is a contact print process and you will need a negative the same size as the size of the print you want. A cyanotype with a blue image on a white background is obtained using a negative transparency. In order to obtain a pale white image on a blue background, a positive transparency must be used. Cyanotypes are created with a simple solution of ferric ammonium citrate and potassium ferricyanide. The cyanotype emulsion is sensitive to ultraviolet light. Washing cyanotypes on fabrics or cloth « Cyanotypes. About. Place any object or transparency on the Sunography Paper or Fabric, expose in bright sunlight, and rinse with water to reveal a rich blue print.


Sunography paper or fabric contains light sensitive materials, which react to sunlight. What’s more each sheet or fabric square can be exposed on two sides both front and back. The superior quality of Sunography produces finely detailed prints. The prints can also be tinted, hand painted or decorated once exposed. Cameraless Photography: How to Create Chemigrams. Discover a whole new world of photographic possibilities and learn how to create positive and negative photographic images without a camera!

Cameraless Photography: How to Create Chemigrams

All you need is light sensitive paper and developer, stop and fixer. A Beginner's Guide to Lumen Printing. Blueware Tiles. Mastering Photo » Jill Enfield’s Guide to Photographic Alternative Processes – Lumen Prints. Lumen prints are made by taking sheets of unexposed black-and-white photo paper and placing objects or negatives on top as if you were going to make a photogram, but instead of using an enlarger you take the paper out into the sun.

Mastering Photo » Jill Enfield’s Guide to Photographic Alternative Processes – Lumen Prints

The results will vary due to exposure times, density of photogram or negative, quality of light and, most importantly, the type of paper. Each paper will have a different color, depending on whether it was old or new, fiber or resin, and the manufacturer. According to an article by Jerry Burchfield (on, exposures can vary from half an hour to days and sometimes even months. © Barbara Dombach.