How to Cyanoprint, or How to Sun Print

I live near the Jersey Shore, and a saw a woman wearing a printed shirt that had a very interesting print with plant leaves on it. I asked her what it was, and she told me she bought it at a craft fair from a vendor selling "cyanotypes". So..... that gave me an "Ah ha! moment".

So, I did a little research, and I came across a company called Blue Sun Prints


I found a lot of fun choices. The rest of this of the blog post shows what I did....

Step 1: Gather your supplies


Here's what I gathered for my supplies:
The package of cyanotype squares





Assorted leaves: Fern, oak, and holly
Package of straight pins

I took my supplies to my makeshift darkroom (the bathroom), and turned on the light on my iPhone. Then... I pinned the leaves to the squares.

Step 2: Create the print





This part is the hardest for me. Wait 15 minutes for the solar energy to do its thing. Unpin the leaves, and leave on the forest floor. The fabric looks like an anemic blue with weird white splotches. Have no fear......

Step 3: Reveal the print

Now, here's where the "magic" happens.....




Rinse out the squares in cool water, until the water is clear.
Flatten out the squares, and enjoy the unique prints. Ooooohhhh..... Ahhhhh....



Now, to repeat the process with 19 more squares. What will I make with all these squares??? I think a quilt....

*****One final note: if the squares are not used in one session, seal them back up in their black plastic pouch, in a cool, dry place. Otherwise, you will end up with squares that are overexposed. *****

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