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How to achieve leaf detail

Monday, 6th November 2017

Making contact photograms is one of the types of cyanotype printing. Placing leafs and other objects on the coated cyanotype paper or fabric is the easiest way to make a cyanotype print. Creating a silhouette is a quick and simple process but if you want to achieve more detail in your final print read on here.

Cyanotype leaf detail

Winter sun

Thursday, 1st December 2016

We often get asked the question "How long will it take to expose my cyanotypes in the sun?" and the answer to this is always "It depends."
With winter drawing is and with not much sunlight we want to give some pointers on how long it will take to expose your cyanotypes in the winter sun.


Read more here about winter sun exposures.


Cyanotype Card Making

Friday, 25th November 2016

One of our customers sent in this picture. It's a great example how you can use the cyanotype process for card making. This cyanotype birthday card was made by a child for his father's birthday and it was created using our precoated cyanotye paper, transparency and a sharpie pen.

Cyanotype card making

Pre Coated Cyanotype Paper

Monday, 18th April 2016

Toning Cyanotypes

Friday, 8th January 2016

We get asked a lot what toning is. We made a video to show how the toning process works and what results you can expect from it.

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Photograms - Sun prints with children

Friday, 21st July 2015

The sun is out and it's time for some fun with children and cyanotype prints are just right for this. Photograms are a type of cyanotype print when objects and shapes are placed directly onto the coated paper which is then exposed to the sun.

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Digital negatives for the cyanotype process

Tuesday, 24th February 2015

There are two types of cyanotype prints, the first one is called a photogram, when simply objects and shapes are placed directly onto the coated paper which is then exposed to uv light. In this method there is no need for a camera or transparency film.

The second type of cyanotype is when you create a cyanotype print from a digital negative using transparency film. This method is the one that the rest of this article will cover.

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Cyanotype prints at King's Cross

Wednesday, 3rd December 2014

Step test to establish exposure time

Thursday, 06th November 2014

The first step in cyanotype printing is to establish correct exposure time, whether exposing with the sun or a UV lamp. A UV Lamp will give you a consistent light source and you will only have to do this step test once. With the sun exposure time will change between summer and winter, cloudy and clear skies, morning and afternoon.

We will describe the process using our hobby uv lamp as a light source.
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About the cyanotype printing process

Wednesday, 9th October 2014

Cyanotype is an alternative (non-silver) photographic process. It is a traditional printing process that does not use silver gelatin paper and is commonly used in traditional darkroom printing. The Cyanotype, also known as a blueprint, is considered among the easiest of all the historical methods and ideal for beginners to start with and schools to teach. The characteristic of Cyanotypes is the blue colour of the print. In the cyanotype printing process rather than buying pre-sensitised paper such as silver gelatin paper you have to hand coat your watercolour paper with the required sensitiser. Our cyanotype kit comes in the form of two pre-mixed solutions, just mix equal amounts of these together and coated your paper with it. After drying the sensitised paper is contact printed with a negative the same size as the finished print under the sun or a powerful UV (Ultra Violet) light source. When you start cyanotype printing you should use a light source that is consistent and gives you the same result every time. Using a UV lamp also gives you the freedom to make your cyanotypes on cloudy and rainy days. Clearing is carried out in water, no fixing chemicals needed.

Welcome to our new web site

Monday, 6th October 2014

Today we have launched our new web site. We have some new products like our new bigger cyanotype kit, that now comes in 500ml bottles. Our new web site is now easier to browse on all mobile devices.