Today I worked with Cyanotype Printing using the Jacquard Sensitizer Set. You definitely have to experiment with this art form since the results seem to vary with each print.
Here are a few lessons that I learned that hopefully will save you some missteps:
- A lighter application of the solution on the paper works better than a heavy coating.
- The papers that worked best for me were Watercolor and Bristol (vellum surface). Cardstock paper did not work out for me.
- The exposure time that I used for the prints was six minutes in direct sun (North Carolina Summer Sun). The kit instructions indicated that over-exposure was better than under-exposure. When I went with over-exposure, the paper remained dark blue without any image appearing.
- To achieve a strong image, lay the prepared paper on a board, then the image and finally a glass sheet. Clamp these layers together to ensure that the image is in close contact with the paper. I used glass from an inexpensive photo frame.
- I chose quality transparency film to create the negatives. In my online research, Pictorico Premium Overhead Transparency Film (OHP) was suggested for negatives. However, my transparency film worked out fine.
- In addition to reading kit instructions, watch a YouTube Video of how the process is done. It will save you time and trouble.
- Experiment, experiment, experiment!
I definitely will be making more Cyanotype prints.