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Cyanotype by FullofSecrets Cyanotype by FullofSecrets
This is a cyanotype that has been scanned in. I went through the process during my advanced photography class this semester, and for those wondering, got a perfect score.

To make a cyanotype you must prepare a negative on a clear plastic sheet of the picture and size you want (you can use film and scan it in to do this or digital and invert it). Then you prepare the paper with a chemical (can't remember what it's called, try googling it) and can make the brush strokes with a paintbrush or sponge brush. For this cyanotype I used a paint brush and tried to make the strokes visible. Then you set the negative on the paper (once teh paper dries) and put it in something clear that will hold them together exactly how you want them (they make containers specifically for this, but I bet there are other ways to do it). You then set the negative and paper in the sun to expose it. You can find suggested exposures on different websites. You should do multiple tries to ensure you get a proper exposure, just like you should bracket with film. Then once the paper is exposed you take the negative and paper back inside, take off the negative, and run cool water over the paper. It is important to move the paper so as not to create a spot where water has continually hit it. Wash the cyanotype for 10 minutes, then place it somewhere flat to dry. When it is dry you should press it flat in some way, and I suggest matting it.

I really liked the process, and I encourage people to try it out. It was worth the learning process.

~Secret
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HonHon53 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
wow! this is amazing!! :wow:

may i add it to my upcoming journal feature? :hug:
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FullofSecrets Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012
Sure. Thanks, and thanks for asking. ^_^
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HonHon53 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
you're very welcome! and Thank you for letting me add it to my feature! ^^

i'll be sure to let you know when the feature is out :eager:
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TanyaSimoneSimpson Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012
This gorgeous picture is featured in my Darkroom Exposed: Cyanotypes journal :aww:
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JesssssT Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012  Student Photographer
Stunning! x
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AKTkunst Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011   Photographer
Well done, I like the tonal range in your type, Im working with cyanotype since one week and Im very impressed about the possibilities, this technique is very underestimated.
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Blacksand459 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
First, its a beautiful picture.
Second, thanks for the information on this process.
Third, its encouraging that there are still folks who pursue techniques such as the cyanotype, etc, to keep them alive for future generations.

Progress is great, but many things of value are being lost and forgotten.
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forteallegretto Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful, your range of tones and contrast is perfect :-)
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TymonPhoto Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011   Photographer
I have done many Cyanotypes myself, and this is quite beautiful.
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FullofSecrets Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011
Thank you. :)
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camellafairy Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2011  Professional General Artist
Awesome exposure! Do you expose in natural or artificial light... you can also use fabric as long as it's 100% absorbent...bleached muslin is my favorite!
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FullofSecrets Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2011
I used natural sunlight for the exposure. And that's neat about the fabric. =)
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camellafairy Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2011  Professional General Artist
nice. sunlight's my favorite, but we've been short on it lately so i've been stuck with artificial.
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watergal28 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
You've been featured in this article about photographic processing here: [link]
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FullofSecrets Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011
Thank you so much for the feature. :)
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watergal28 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
certainly. :hug:
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thesearemembers Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
wow it turned out wonderfully, obviously since you did so well in the class :D No surprise there!
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JGDA9RS Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2010
that's gorgeous
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FullofSecrets Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2010
Thank you. I'm glad you like it. =)
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