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.
This kit is our mini/sampler version, it includes:
- Light sensitive cyanotype paper in A6 Size - (10.5 x 14.8 cm, ~about 4x6 inches) - this is roughly the size of a postcard. Paper is a beautiful lightly textured 200gsm weight. Each piece will have a white border of about 1cm.
- Stencils - 18 different printed stencils of birds, bees, butterflies, moths & a dragonfly. Each stencil can be cut out and used as a design element. Stencils come as two A6 or A5 size sheets - size will match that of the paper ordered (eg A6 stencils with A6 paper)
- Practice strip of cyanotype paper
- Full and simple instructions
Paper is available in two sizes - choose your sizes and quantities from the drop down menu:
- A6 Size - (10.5 x 14.8 cm ~ 4x6 inches) - this is roughly the size of a postcard
- A5 Size - (14.8 x 21 cm ~ 8x6 inches) - this is about half as big as a standard sheet of printer paper (A4 or letter size).
Things you need or will find helpful to have:
- 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, paper cut-outs or stencils, lace, small household objects, or anything which casts a shadow - the options are only limited by your creativity.
- Water for washing your print
- A small sheet of clear plastic (such as an old folder cover), or glass (from an old picture frame). These can be used to cover & flatten your specimen/object during the sun exposure - just make sure the sheet is clean & bigger than the light sensitive paper.
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.