Adventures With: Cyanotype Sun Prints | Part 1
I first learned about this type of "photography" from an art project book, and I enjoyed this medium so much I decided to do a little more research about it. It was first discovered back in the 1800's, but a woman by the name of Anna Atkins was the first to bring it to the photography side as it was originally used to create blue prints and such back in the day. From what I read Anna is considered to be the first female photographer because of her role in using this method. Pretty interesting stuff.
After further reading I found there are different techniques you can do to achieve different colors/tones of these "photographs", such as using laundry detergent that contains phosphates to get a gold print; or using black tea to soak the print in order to get a sepia type look. I definitely plan on experimenting with these techniques in the future, but decided to keep it simple for my first Cyanotype.
I've been on disability since April, due to medical problems which has left me with a lot of free time. Yesterday I was pretty bored and decided I better do some art! I've had this sun sensitive paper laying around for a while and thought I'd better put it to some use and...the results are in I LOVE this medium!
To create interesting shapes and forms in my Cyanotype I used some vintage keys, my charm bracelet, watch, and a random broken leg which you might recognize as the infamous leg lamp from that old classic, A Christmas Story. Really love how this one turned out, if you get a chance I'd highly recommend you try this out for yourself!
Live + Love Art!
UPDATE: Part 2 Sunprinting Adventures