At Blueprints On Fabric, we hand treat natural fiber fabrics and watercolor paper for the cyanotype process. All of our products come with full color instructions and are ready to print!
Cyanotype is a nineteenth century photographic technique that combines simple non-toxic chemistry with the power of the sun’s ultra violet light and plain water to create unique, archival photographic images. The cyanotype was the first simple, fully realized, and practical non-silver iron process. Discovered by Sir John Herschel (1792-1871) in 1842, a mere three years after the “official” announcement of the discovery of photography, the cyanotype provided permanent images in an elegant assortment of blue values. Herschel is the same gentleman who coined the words “positive and negative”, “photograph” and “snapshot”.
Almost anything can be used to create an image. Keep in mind that whatever is covered and does not receive exposure to uv light will remain the color of the fabric or paper after exposure and rinsing with water. Only the uncovered areas will receive the uv light and will turn blue after exposure and rinsing with water. The more opaque the object is – the better it will block the uv light exposure and a very transparent object will allow some uv light through and will allow the material to slightly expose. You can create photo negatives by printing or drawing images on clear transparency sheets. You will lay the transparency sheet on the piece of paper or fabric and then place a piece of non uv blocking glass or acrylic on top of the transparency to hold the transparency in tight contact with the treated fabric or paper.
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