Cyanotype Experiments

My first time experimenting with cyanotype!

I was very pleased with my results and am looking forward to experimenting further with this process.

For those of you who are also new to cyanotype; it is an old monochrome photographic printing process which gives a cyan-blue print (as pictured).

If you would like to try some cyanotype experiments of your own, have a look at these simple step by step instructions which includes a list of materials that you will need to make your cyanotypes with.


Here is what I used:

20 g of potassium ferricyanide + 100 ml of water

16 g of ammonium ferric citrate + 100 ml of water

mix these two together


Please note:

These measurements will probably make more liquid than necessary so if you wish to keep the solution to use again it will need to be stored in a light-proof place. MAKE SURE YOU CLEARLY LABEL YOUR SOLUTION SO THAT IT IS NOT ACCIDENTALLY INGESTED!

I applied my cyanotype solution with a paintbrush and let the paper dry overnight. You may wish to try using a sponge to avoid brush strokes.

My cyanotype was exposed for 110 light units with the negative, then a further ​10 seconds without the negative.

If you do not have access to a light unit, you can still create cyanotypes by exposing your image to natural daylight, it may just take a little longer. (Perhaps tape your cyanotype paper and negative to a window?) As with anything, it will take several attempts to achieve the desired results, so have patience.


Happy experimenting!




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