Cyanotype Reflection

-What is the history of this process? When was it invented and by whom?  What did people initially use it for?
The process of cyanotypes was made by Sir John Hershal in 1842, he was an english astronomer. He had created the process for the purpose of making/saving blueprints or notes. Many people used this process to create blueprints or to save an image of things that are fading.
-Summarize the process of making a cyanotype-take us through the steps.
1. Scan image or use an image from online
2. Using photoshop crop straighten out your image
3. Adjust the photo to black and white. Tweak the exposure if you need to. B & W, adjust levels and exposure. Invert the image, so that the image is negative
4. Print the image onto an A4 paper, afterwards copy the A4 to a transparency sheet.
5. In a dark room without any large amounts of light, mix the Potassium ferricyanide and Ferric ammonium citrate solutions then pour the mixture onto a sheet of watercolor paper. Using a spongeroller or brush spread out the solution.
6. Let the paper dry in a dark area if it is exposed to light then it would change color.
7. Put your transparency sheet onto your watercolor paper and secure it with rocks or paperclips. Make sure its secure, the more still the image the more clear it becomes.
8. Leave the paper outside for it to be exposed to the light.
9. After exposure, wash off with running water for a few minutes.
10. Coat paper with hydrogen peroxide.
11. Wash off with water for another couple minutes.
12. Hang dry.
-What did you enjoy about making cyanotypes?
I enjoyed the process in making the cyanotype as well as the “unveiling” for example the washing of the ink, as you could finally see the full image.
-What was challenging about making them?
A challenge in making the cyanotypes was the photoshop work as well as the printing of the image onto the transparency sheet, as there were a lot of steps to remember.
-What tips would you give someone who was making a cyanotype for the first time?
Have the steps or process in front of you so that you don’t miss or forget something.



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