Cotton Cyanotype Prints

  • $15.00
    Unit price per 


These individually produced, unique pieces of art are great in any decor scheme. Each print uses 8.5" x 11" cuts of cotton treated with cyanotype solution and exposed to sunlight with a botanical object (or, in one case, my notions bag contents). 

Each print contains a certificate of authenticity describing your unique piece and guaranteeing that it is an original work, not a reproduction.

Cyanotype printing is one of the oldest forms of photography. The process uses two chemicals (potassium ferricyanide and ferris ammonium citrate) mixed together and soaked onto a surface such as cloth or paper. I use cotton for my printing, and once soaked I leave it to dry in my darkroom. After drying, cyanotype-treated surfaces are exposed to sunlight for anywhere from 10 minutes to 2 hours depending on the surface, the degree of sunlight, and the object being printed. 

Originally invented by Sir John Herschel in the mid-19th century, it was actually Anna Atkins, an English botanist, who took Herschel's creation and ran with it. Atkins published several photographic books using cyanotype prints, showcasing the versatile range of the new medium. 

 

Listing is for one print per item.   

We take care to ensure white balance is accurate and colors are represented appropriately in photographing our materials, but colors may still vary slightly from screen to screen. If you have questions or concerns, please contact us.