Wet cyanotypes

Wet cyanotypes

I know many of you have heard of the idea of creating cyanotypes by now, however the concept of creating them on the fly while they are still wet is a whole different concept. Traditionally the method involves preparing your paper or fabric and making sure it is completely dry before you then place your objects or negative on and expose it to UV light, thus creating you final image. However, a wet cyanotype is exactly as it states. The drying time is part of the exposure time. You paint your sensitiser onto the paper or fabric and then work very fast to place your objects onto it along with other powders and reactors topping the whole thing off with a sheet of glass or perspex to hold it all still while the exposure takes place. Sometimes the results are amazing and sometimes they are really not! But, every time it is fascinating to watch the process as you are toning and exposing and playing with other reactions at the same time.

Wet cyanotypes are one of my favourites way to create a cyanotype as they are so spontaneous and unrepeatable. However, they do require a warm day to work best as this dries the print while exposing it properly. This was the last technique I had been waiting to photograph for my new book all about cyanotypes which is now scheduled for release in September 2022 and can be pre-ordered via the shop.

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