We've had a stretch of hot, dry, sunny days this summer, which have been perfect for experimenting with cyanotype prints. I had made "sun prints" in the past using commercially available pre-treated paper, which is fun, but mixing my own cyanotype solution has taken the process to a whole new level!
I purchased a set of cyanotype chemicals at a local art supply store, followed the simple instructions, and began to harness the power of the sun to create beautiful deep blue prints on a variety of materials - watercolor and mixed media papers, handmade papers, and cotton and silk cloth.
Natural plant materials, stencils, found objects, and digital photo negatives provided the templates for the designs and patterns. I now have a collection of lovely cyanotypes in varying shades of cobalt blue to use in my mixed media art!
These prints are now all part of "works in progress" that I'll be working on even when the sunny outdoor days have ended and cold winter winds are blowing across the Ohio landscape.
To learn how to make your own cyanotypes, click here or the photo below to check out my Skillshare class! On Skillshare, not only will you be able to access all my art classes, you'll have access to hundreds of other classes for art, crafts of all kinds, photography, technology, and many other fascinating topics! One click will get you a two-month free trial subscription to a world of new things to learn!
And if you do try experimenting with cyanotypes, be sure to share your work either on my Skillshare class page or on Instagram with #cboggsart2. Until then, enjoy the sunshine!