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DIY Cyanotype Prints

Colorful Design, Cool Science

overview

use the power of the sun to create beautiful abstract prints!

the areas of your composition that are exposed to sunlight turn a bright blue (or cyan, as in cyanotype). the areas that were masked – or blocked by objects – remain white.

30 minutes

maker checklist

  • Cyanotype Fluid
  • Mixing Cups + Stir Sticks
  • Foam Brush
  • Canvas… or…
  • Watercolor Paper
  • Small Objects

instructions

1

mix equal parts of A and B cyanotype. do this in a dark place (like a bathroom) and mix slowly.

2

lay your paper or fabric in a dark area, and paint with the cyanotype mixture. leave in the dark area to let dry overnight.

3

arrange objects on it… get creative! small, simple objects like craft or office supplies work great. a repetitive pattern makes a lovely composition.

4

set in a sunny spot (indoors or out), and expose for 15 minutes. you’ll see the colors change!

tip!

the longer you expose it, the more contrast you’ll have in your final image.

5

rinse under cold water (yes, even the paper). watch the color change from a murky green to a beautiful, deep cyan.

6

dry flat and frame or hang. lovely!

we wrapped an embroidery hoop with yarn to create a frame for our canvas print.