FINALLY… I’VE BUSTED OUT OF MY CREATIVE BLOCK and have made some embossed paper Cyanotype wall hangings. Cyanotype printing is a non-toxic process that was developed in 1842. Early botanists used the process to capture minute details of plants. The resulting image is a stable Prussian Blue print.
The cyanotype process is a way of portraying the subject using a light sensitive emulsion and developing the image by the light of the Sun. The prints are sometimes referred to as sun prints or photograms. It is a process that requires patience as the Tasmanian sun does not always perform on cue !
Here are a few pics of my cyanotype work that I have just put into our Bruny Island “Imprint of Bruny” art exhibition. The embossed wall hangings are titled “Imprint of Bruny” – Beach walk, Paddock, Garden & Oyster Catcher. They are the result of my Bruny walks on Hansson’s beach & Highwood’s paddocks and garden. They derive from found objects and plant specimens, handmade papercuts & photographs from my walks.
To prevent cyanotypes from fading they should be kept out of direct sunlight. If they do happen to fade over time, you just pop them into a dark cupboard for a while and, magically, the colour revitalises !