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Fun With Cyanotype Printmaking Project

Time: 2-3 Class Periods
Difficulty: Moderate
Cleanup: Soap & Water

Jacquard Cyanotype Sensitizer Set
Transparency Film
Digital Camera
Photo Editing Software
Bristol, Watercolor Paper or Fabric
Measuring Cups
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  • Step 1
    Take a black and white photo. Open the photo in your favorite photo editing software.
  • Step 2
    Invert the photo.
  • Step 3
    Print the inverted photos on transparency film.
  • Step 4
    In low light, mix equal parts Jacquard Cyanotype Part A and Part B, according to package instructions. Paint the solution on your choice of fabric or paper. Allow to air dry in the dark; keep it covered until ready to expose.
  • Step 5
    Tape the dry sheets of paper or fabric to a board, and tape the transparencies on top of the sheets. Take outside and expose to direct sunlight for 1 to 30 minutes. A longer exposure will produce a darker print. After exposure, remove the transparencies and rinse the prints in a shallow tray of cool water for 5 minutes. Hang or lay flat to dry. The prints will continue to oxidize during the next 24 hours to their final, deep blue color.
  • Step 6
    Watch our YouTube Video for tips on creating a transparency with a Sharpie, bleaching a cyanotype print, and toning a print with other mediums, such as coffee and tea!

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