Cyanotype Photography 102: Mixing your own chemicals

Ben Panter, Alternative Photography & Game Making

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7 Lessons (22m)
    • 1. Why Mix Your Own Cyanotype Chemicals?

      1:33
    • 2. The Chemicals Needed

      2:40
    • 3. Supplies List

      4:46
    • 4. Mixing and Coating

      5:16
    • 5. Arranging and Exposing

      2:02
    • 6. Developing and Drying

      0:55
    • 7. Evaluating and Troubleshooting

      4:42

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.