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Cyanotype 102: Mixing your own chemicals

Ben Panter, Expanding Photography

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7 Videos (22m)
    • Why Mix Your Own Cyanotype Chemicals?

    • The Chemicals Need

    • Supplies List

    • Mixing and Coating

    • Arranging and Exposing

    • Developing and Drying

    • Evaluating and Troubleshooting


About This Class

In this class you will learn how to mix your own cyanotype chemicals, coat your own paper and make a basic cyanotype print. In my previous class, Cyanotype 101, we used pre-coated cyanotype paper. But in this class you will use the raw chemicals to mix your own sensitizing solution to produce a unique print from scratch. So why should you mix your own chemicals? Is it really worth the effort? 

Here are 2 reasons to make cyanotype prints from scratch:

  1. Aesthetics - while the pre-coated papers yield nice results and are a snap to learn and use, they just don't compare to the rich tones that can be attained when you use fresh chemistry.
  2. Creative Control - when you mix your own it gives you more direct control over the Size, Surface and Subject Matter of your images. You can achieve a surprisingly wide range of looks with cyanotype prints, and mixing your own chemicals is the first step towards executing your artistic vision. 

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Thanks for the great class, Ben! I was thinking about trying cyanotype for a pretty long time, but couldn't find the easy instruction with that brush background effect. Can't wait to try this new challenging technique!
Anna Sokolova

Artist, illustrator, designer





Ben Panter

Expanding Photography

My name is Ben Panter and I am an artist and professor teaching for Rutgers University and Rowan College. My art is photography based and I enjoy experimenting with and combining new and old media. I've been honored to have several artist residencies through the National Park System over the past few years, including Rocky Mountain National Park and Acadia National Park.

You can view more of my work on my website,, and follow me on Instagram @bpanter.

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