Not Eco Printing, It’s Cyanotypes!

While the sun was out I finally got round to doing more cyanotypes. I missed out last time it was sunny as I couldn’t find the cyanotype chemicals which I had put away somewhere in the studio.

When the next sunny spell happened I was determined to do some sun printing so I had a good rummage and found the chemicals eventually.

There’s lots of information on how to make a cyanotype prints on the internet but basically you mix two chemicals together, paint it on your substrate , lay plants (or whatever) on top with a piece of glass on top to ensure good contact, then leave it in the sun to develop the print.

I started with a couple of prints on paper.

Then I added some turmeric and washing up liquid bubbles to see how this affected my prints.

Next I decided to print on fabric, this one is on silk which was mordanted first with alum.

My favourite prints are on recycled cotton sheets and pillow cases. I hope to use some of these for textile art in the winter when I can sit in front of the log burner and stitch.

I also I tried combining eco printing with cyanotype technique, the results were interesting but I will show you those in another post.

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