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:
- Take an awesome photo (I love the water so it makes sense that most all of mine are water-related!).
- Import the photo into your computer and open it in photoshop.
- Convert the photo into an inverted black and white picture and print it on negative paper.
- 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).
- Make sure whichever paper you use does not come in contact with any sunlight until it’s ready to be exposed in the sun!
- 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.
- Bring the paper inside and rinse it off. The goal is to wash off any unexposed cyanotype treatment.
- 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.