Cyanotypes: "A Study in Blue" 

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"Of what use is a dream if not a blueprint for courageous action."

Adam West

These cyanotypes have been created using the traditional cyanotype photographic process invented by Sir John Herschel in 1842. The cyanotype process is distinctive for producing rich, cyan-blue prints. High quality watercolour paper is initially coated with a mix of two chemicals - ferric ammonium citrate and potassium ferricyanide - and allowed to dry. The treated paper is then re-wet using various liquids prior to the placing of plant material on top of the paper. These liquids create a further chemical reaction with the original cyanotype chemicals. The print is then placed in the direct sun to develop. After developing, it is washed and dried. Whilst a time-consuming process, the finished print is always unique, unable to be replicated and sometimes very beautiful!

Flannel Flower Cyanotype
Flannel Flower Cyanotype
Daffodil Cyanotype
Daffodil Cyanotype
Periwinkle Cyanotype
Periwinkle Cyanotype
Everlasting Daisy Cyanotype I
Everlasting Daisy Cyanotype I
Allium Cyanotype
Allium Cyanotype
Poppy Cyanotype I
Poppy Cyanotype I
Agapanthus Husk Cyanotype
Agapanthus Husk Cyanotype
Fennel Cyanotype
Fennel Cyanotype
Viburnum Cyanotype
Viburnum Cyanotype
Sweet Pea Cyanotype
Sweet Pea Cyanotype
Bluebell Cyanotype
Bluebell Cyanotype
Bush Grass Cyanotype
Bush Grass Cyanotype
Poppy Cyanotype II
Poppy Cyanotype II
Lisianthus Cyanotype I
Lisianthus Cyanotype I
Gerbera Cyanotype
Gerbera Cyanotype
Lisianthus Cyanotype II
Lisianthus Cyanotype II
Poppy Heads Cyanotype
Poppy Heads Cyanotype
Poppy Cyanotype III
Poppy Cyanotype III
Freesia Cyanotype
Freesia Cyanotype
Fern Cyanotype
Fern Cyanotype
Hellebore Cyanotype
Hellebore Cyanotype
Everlasting Daisy Cyanotype II
Everlasting Daisy Cyanotype II
Lavender Cyanotype
Lavender Cyanotype
Hydrangea Husk Cyanotype
Hydrangea Husk Cyanotype