Complete the research for your cyanotype project.

Create a new page and name it lastname_cyan. Let me know so I can link your page to the names listed here. When you save your images name them with your last name so they're not all called cyanotype.

  1. Find 3 examples of cyanotypes that you find especially beautiful and inspiring.

  2. Explain the name of the photographer, the media the print was printed on (is it paper, watercolor paper, fabric?) and the compositional technique utilized by the photographer.

  3. Explain how the artist incorporated the elements and principles of art. Make sure you explain how, don't just list.

  4. Make sure one example is a negative-based image (uses a negative transparency) ( you can tell because it looks just like a photo only it's blue) and that one is a photogram/contact print-based image(actual objects are placed on paper and printed silhouette occurs, almost a ghost of the objects). The third image is a freebie!

2012 B4 Digital Photography Class
Alissa B
Alyssa B
Max D

The following information is the process you will follow for creating your cyanotype prints. Make sure you are familiar with these steps.

Because we're limited in our ability to use chemicals in this class we are going to use paper and fabric that has already been pre-coated with the chemicals necessary. You will need to prepare the following to create a successful Cyanotype print. The paper is 8 x 10 inches and the fabric is 8 inches square. You will want to prep your image so the size matches up.

1. Shoot photographs that are rich in contrast and interesting in terms of strong subject matter. These could be portraits or still life or landscape imagery. The images you shoot should exhibit one of the compositional techniques we've explored and should also play around with the idea of available light. (natural light coming in from a window)

2. In Photoshop duplicate the background layer and rename it contrast. Then spend time in Photoshop adjusting the levels or curves to create the best contrast for your image on this new layer. Crop the image if necessary to get the most perfect composition. Really ask yourself if all elements in the frame are necessary to the interpretation of the image. Make sure the image has strong contrast and a range of tones. You can preview it in black and white to check this.

3. In Photoshop duplicate the finished high contrast layer and call it negative.

4. Go to the IMAGE- Adjustments- invert (shortcut command i) This will create the negative image of your print.

5. Close the eye of the other layers so only the negative layer is showing. Save your file as lastnameCyanNeg

6. Create a digital negative printed on transparency film. Make sure the transparency is loaded into the printer correctly.

7. Gather and bring in objects that have interesting shapes that could be flattened photogram-style to be printed with the digital negative. For example feathers, dried flowers, lace. These items are flat enough to fit on the glass and will have an interesting textural affect on the final print. They can be sandwiched with your negative or printed by themselves.

8. Get the digital negative transparency and go to the back of the classroom in the dimly lit area. Arrange the sensitized paper in the contact frame printer. Place the digital negative on top of the sensitized paper along with any objects you wish to layer and print with the image. These could form a border or not.

9. Close up the contact frame and insert into the black plastic bag. Carry it carefully outside and expose in the sun for 10 minutes or until you see the paper turn a greenish tone, with the areas of the negative being a darker blue.

10. Put the frame back into the black plastic and bring it to the art room sink. Wash in the trays set up there in running water until the rich cyan blue shows and all of the yellow chemical is washed away.

11. Set the print on the drying rack to dry thoroughly. If the image appears too, light and washed out it is possible it wasn't exposed long enough or that you exposed the paper prior to putting into the frame.

12. Once the print is dry you may need to iron it lightly with a warm iron to flatten more. We will mount these for display.