What may you ask, is a Cyanotype? Well put simply they are images developed by the sun.
Cyanotype is an early photographic process creating images without a camera.
Two chemicals, ammonium citrate and potassium ferricyanide are mixed together to create a photosensitive solution which is painted onto the surface of water colour paper and left to dry.
leaves or flowers are placed onto the surface of the treated paper, a piece of glass over the top keeps it in position. The paper is then exposed to ultraviolet light, either the sun or a UV light.
Wet cyanotype, introducing moisture, in a variety of ways, onto the treated paper before exposure. The chemical reaction produces interesting patterns and colours and create unique botanical prints in a different and painterly manner. Each of my pieces are created with plants and flowers exposed using only the North Yorkshire sun (when we get it!)
These are a few of the pieces that I have created last year. I have also made some this year which I must photograph and put on here in my next Blog post.
The top Cyanotype is made using a very lovely large yellow daisy. I created a collection of 4 of these. Next I created ‘I love you’ with daisies around a heart shape (purely incidental). Middle right is with Bamboo leaves (never NEVER plant a Bamboo in your garden unless you want it springing up everywhere!) Bottom left is made using some wildflowers from the countryside (it maybe Vetch or something similar) and bottom right is one of my favourite flowers, Allium with their for architectural and structured flowers and stem.
My original cyanotypes and prints are now available on Etsy
More images of my Cyanotypes …