Kate Atkin Photography

  • Cyanotypes

    The cyanotype process is simple. It can be done easily in a few steps:

    The cyanotype is made up of two simple solutions. Potassium ferricyanide and Ferric ammonium citrate (green) are mixed with water separately. The two solutions are then blended together in equal parts.

    Paper, card, textiles or any other naturally absorbent material is coated with the solution and dried in the dark. Objects or negatives are placed on the material to make a print. The cyanotype is printed using UV light, such as the sun, a light box or a UV lamp.

    After exposure the material is processed by simply rinsing it in water. A white print emerges on a blue background. The final print is dried and admired.

    The prints below were made by placing plants and flowers onto coated paper and exposing in the natural sunlight.

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