Cyanotype results in a rich blue color when two chemicals, Potassium Ferricyanide and Ferric Ammonium Citrate are mixed together. When brushed on fabric or paper, layered with large negatives, objects or plants and exposed to sunlight. Simply rinse with water and see your creation come to life. Permanent color stays vibrant and makes a lasting art piece.
Follow these easy instructions for a quick and easy project for artists, crafters, photgraphers. Use projects for collage, sewing, arts and craft projects, map making, architectural plans and photography. Easy to do with kids, nontoxic and no clean up!
Projects courtesy of Isabel Rain Severi for Fabric Indulgence
A handy 10 sheet pack of pretreated fabrics for creating your own exposures. Great project for crafters, artists and kids! Pretreated sheets are ready for image imprints.
1. Prepare your sheet, if you have glass to cover it will help hold down your objects.
2. Gather a variety of flowers and leaves, look for shapes that will transfer well with detail and different transparency. Fern leaves, flowers, keys, cut paper, almost anything can be used to create silhouettes on these sheets.
3. Place the fabric on a board and layer with foliage, create a design or a natural display. If you have glass to put on top you will achieve more detailed prints and less shadow.
4. Leave fabric and plants exposed in the sunlight for up to 30 minutes, longer exposure results in better contrast. It will turn a brownish- copper color.
5. Rinse the fabric a few times (at least 5 minutes), the image will gradually turn blue within 24 hours. After rinsing you can add a couple capfuls of hydrogen peroxide to instantly develop color saturation.
Mix dry chemicals together to brush on any porous surface. Create cyanotype prints on silk, cotton, leather, wood, paper and more.
1. Find an image that with make a striking outline, think about how you might use it in a compostion to fill your paper
2. Make the image your own by creating accents in the background and interest to the silhouette.
3. Mix the Potassium Ferricyanide and Ferric Ammonium Citrate according to instructions on label, make only as much solution as you can use in this project, once mixed the solution must be used within 2- 4 hours.
4. Tape edges of paper, heavy watercolor paper works well but you can use canvas, silk, cotton, leather and wood too. Brush a few coats of solution on and let dry.
5. Choose your design and place objects, placing glass over the top will keep objects in place and create hard outlines, 3D objects will have to remain uncovered. Leave in sun.
6. After removing objects and tape, place paper in tub of water for rinsing, it should be a copper color now.
Hydrogen Peroxide will speed up the development process, add a couple of capfuls to bath after the first couple of rinses.
7. Hang image until completely dry