It was such a lovely sunny day that I created by first Cyanotype of 2022. Using ivy, ferns and dried seed heads I created one fern image (which is drying at the moment) and a few (experimental) circular ones as well. Using my camera I created a time lapse video of the process.
The whole process from start to finish takes about 12 – 24 hours which includes drying. The time lapse is just 40 minutes condensed into 40 seconds. Let me know what you think. Notice how it changes from yellow to dark blue as the sun slowly develops the image.
I will add the final Cyanotypes in a few days time when they have dried.
Well I hoped you all survived Christmas? Let me know how you spent it and what was your best & worst present?
This image popped up on my timeline the other day so I thought I would share it on here. I created this with several of my photographs layered over each other. They can be very time consuming to make so I have not created many in 2021 but hopefully will have more time to create a few more in 2022.
Did you know that Boxing Day got its name when Queen Victoria was on the throne in the 1800s and has nothing to do with the sport of boxing.
The name comes from a time when the rich used to box up gifts to give to the poor.
Boxing Day was traditionally a day off for servants, and the day when they received a special Christmas box from their masters.
The servants would also go home on Boxing Day to give Christmas boxes to their families.
Nowadays shops are all open on Boxing Day and it’s like Christmas has been forgotten already!
Well put simply they are images developed by the sun. If you want to know more about the process see New Cyanotypes (part 1)
On the left image I have laid out the flowers/leaves on the paper after the chemicals have dried. The middle image is out in the sunshine and the final image is after it has been rinsed and is the final Cyanotype!
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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.