Cyanotype is a photographic process first discovered in 1842. A photo-reactive chemical solution is prepared and hand applied to fine art paper, exposed through image materials to UV light, and developed in water. The resulting print is Prussian blue, giving the name “blueprint” to early reproductions of drawings and texts. This color can be altered by toning the print in botanical solutions which will bond to the irons of the cyanotype chemistry.
Each print is one of a kind. Cyanotype is a finicky process vulnerable to the moods of humidity, temperature, paper choice, coating technique, and perhaps the phases of the moon. Striving to both control these forces and surrender to their unpredictability is the magic of this artistic process.