Sunshine Prints

21 Sep

Cyanotypes adjusted

I did a whole load of cyanotypes yesterday for an exhibition and I had some pieces of paper and chemicals left over so, waste not want not, I coated the paper scraps and stored them away in a folder in a dark cupboard. Today, I shrank my negatives digitally and printed them out on acetate. We had a brief respite in the rain with some truly brilliant sunshine for a couple of hours around lunchtime so I put a drawing board onto the floor with the back door open, put the coated paper face up on it, placed the little negs onto the paper and a sheet of glass on top to keep them still.


They only take 6 minutes in the UV Unit at Swansea Print Workshop, but I had to take an educated guess for today’s exposure. I left them for 22 minutes, checking regularly. I could see the cyanotype chemicals changing colour around the edges of the negatives. You can see the undeveloped images in the top photo. I removed the negs and rushed the little prints off to the kitchen sink and washed them gently in cold, running water for 20 minutes. Here they are above in the washing up bowl. I drained them and they’re now being pressed between boards and tissue paper to dry flat. I’m really pleased with the result. It’s a way of using my sketchbook drawings.

I think I might put these onto Artfinder tomorrow.

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