Cyanotypes, Sunprints, Blueprints

Theodora Gould, The Carpenter's Wife.

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10 Lessons (1h 21m)
    • 1. Introduction

      1:00
    • 2. What is a Cyanotype?

      2:44
    • 3. Tools & Materials

      3:35
    • 4. Preparing your surface

      9:34
    • 5. Overview of Working with Negatives

      3:24
    • 6. Editing Photos in PS

      21:34
    • 7. Editing Photos in Pixlr

      18:57
    • 8. Printing onto Acetate

      2:21
    • 9. Making your Prints

      12:11
    • 10. Final Thoughts and Results

      5:21

About This Class

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Cyanotypes are an early form of photography. Originally used to reproduce drawings and diagrams (blueprints), the process has been developed (no pun intended...) and you can now make your own beautiful blue and white prints at home.

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I will show you how to take items from your home, plants and flowers from your garden and photographs and turn them into ethereal, vintage style prints.

You don't need any prior experience, just a few easy to come by tools, some special liquid and some sunshine.  With just a little preparation, Cyanotype's are quick and fun and the effects can be just lovely.

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If you just want to make some silhouette style prints with nature finds or bits found around your home you can ignore the classes on working with negatives and editing photos. If you want to go the whole hog, and learn to turn photographs into negatives and how to clip out objects, you can. There's a lesson for those of you that have Adobe Photoshop, and for those who don't, there's a lesson using Pixlr.com, which is a FREE online image editing platform.  There are also written instructions on how to edit the photographs, to make the process even easier and so that you can easily repeat the processes without the videos.

I hope you enjoy it and I'd love you to post your creations in the Projects section; or, if you're on Instagram, tag me so that I can see what you've made. It really makes my day when I see that people are inspired and have created they something they love. 

You can find me at www.instagram.com/theodora.gould

The music throughout is 'Acoustic Breeze' from http://www.bensounds.com