Cyanotype Love

Featured Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash

A few years ago I bought some sun print paper (aka cyanotype paper) to work on a collage idea. Have you ever used official paper, or have you been like me, and let construction paper get bleached by the sun? Either way, I used it for its purpose, tucked the packet of paper away, and really forgot about it.

Until this month! In early January, I went through all of my art books and picked out 12 small projects I could do in my art journal throughout the year. One was pulling out the cyanotype paper and making another collage. I laid out some eucalyptus leaves, let the paper do its magic, and then painted over it. My tendency is to go more-is-more, so you can barely tell the initial inspiration:

With the paper out and ready to play, my head is exploding with ideas for new projects! I want to learn more! I’ve added a few books to my wish list:

The Bluest of Blues: Anna Atkins and the First Book of Photographs

Sun Gardens: Cyanotypes by Anna Atkins

And during this January exploration of sun prints, I’ve also been reading Radioactive: Marie & Pierre Curie: A Tale of Love and Fallout, which is filled with STUNNING artwork. The author uses cyanotype, but because of her technical skill, I didn’t realize what I was looking at until I finished reading the book and its notes in the back.

Even cooler…this book LITERALLY GLOWS.

I do not have 1/100,000th of the skill set that Lauren Redniss has, but it definitely inspired me to try a few new things with the cyanotype paper. I used ink and colored pencil, plus the sun imprint, and rubbed as much off as I could. I’m so eager to try more with this, and figure out how to take this process to the next level!

Do you have any process or skill you are itching to try? What are some go-to resources to help you succeed?

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