Learn to make your own beautiful blue and white prints using shadows, the sun and water with this simple DIY craft kit
This kit provides the basic materials needed to produce cyanotype prints - simply expose the light sensitive paper to the UV rays of the sun, then rinse in water.
How does it work? The light sensitive paper in the kit was created by painting a heavy weight paper with a cyanotype emulsion liquid. When exposed to the UV light of the sun, a chemical reaction occurs and the paper changes colour. Prints are made by placing items over the paper to block out the light, or create shadows. When the paper is washed (developed), the blocked out areas become white, and the areas exposed to light become a deep blue.
- Light sensitive cyanotype paper in A4 size (21 x 29.7cm, about 8x12 inches), in a beautiful lightly textured 200gsm weight. Each piece will have a white border of about 1cm.
- A test strip of paper
- A rigid boxboard backing to rest your paper on.
- Clear plastic sheet to cover everything
- Full and simple instructions on an A5 sheet
- 2-4 fold-over clips or pegs
- Things to make your prints with; botanical specimens are most popular, but you can also use film or x-ray negatives, printed transparencies, paper cut-outs or stencils, small household objects, or anything which casts a shadow - the options are only limited by your creativity.
- Water for washing your print
Helpful things to have:
- A small sheet of glass - this works as a better alternative to the clear plastic sheet, and you can still use the clear plastic sheet underneath to arrange more complex designs. A good source of glass is an old picture frame, just make sure it is clean & bigger than the light sensitive paper. You may already have one at home, but if not, thrift stores or op-shops are a great place to find one.
The paper can later be framed, though may require a little trimming at the edges to fit standard store bought frames.
Please note: the materials in this kit are sensitive to light and air, and therefore have 6 month expiry date. To get the most from your kit, order close to the time you intend to use or gift it.