You’re My (Cyano)type

I love art and I’m always experimenting with new art processes and materials.  Recently I’ve gotten really into something called cyanotype printing.  It’s a really cool and unusual process that creates beautiful blue images.  Here are a few of the ocean-themed works that I’ve produced recently:

Okay so a bit about the process:

  1. Take an awesome photo (I love the water so it makes sense that most all of mine are water-related!).
  2. Import the photo into your computer and open it in photoshop.
  3. Convert the photo into an inverted black and white picture and print it on negative paper.
  4. Now you need paper that’s treated with cyanotype.  There’s a couple of ways to do this: you can either buy pre-treated paper online or you can treat the paper yourself.  I use untreated watercolor paper and coat the paper with the cyanotype mixture (a combination of ammonium iron and potassium ferricyanide).
  5. Make sure whichever paper you use does not come in contact with any sunlight until it’s ready to be exposed in the sun!
  6. Lay your negative on top of your paper and bring it outside into the sunshine to expose it.  Leave it outside for around 10 minutes.
  7. Bring the paper inside and rinse it off.  The goal is to wash off any unexposed cyanotype treatment.
  8. Let it dry and you have your print!

So it all sounds sort of simple right?  Well maybe not that simple..and it definitely takes a lot of trial and error!  I think I went through around 20 pieces of paper just to get four images that were coated and exposed correctly.  Even though it’s a time (and money!) consuming process, I love the results!

Because I love this process so much and the images that come out of it I’ve decided to sell some of my artwork!  Some of my prints are currently available at a local favorite, ESC Limited, in Bermuda.  ESC Limited has a home division called Escape with an amazing mixture of island inspired and trendy home goods.  I’m honored to have my work featured in such a great store.  If anyone wants to check out some of my cyanotype prints, they are located at ESC on 4 Mill Creek Road.

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