Thursday, July 23, 2009

Tutorial: Make a Cyanotype

I think that this is one of the most elegant craft projects that you can do with young children: no paste, no waste. The finished product is a sophisticated and framable photographic blueprint of your child's nature findings and compositional intuition.

What You Need:
  1. Place Sunprint paper, blue side up, onto a piece of cardboard.
  2. Arrange your objects (leaves, doilies, keys, flowers, etc...) to your liking.
  3. Place acrylic sheet over top to hold arrangement down and move the sandwiched paper to a very sunny spot.
  4. Watch as the paper fades to almost white (1-5 minutes).
  5. rinse Sunprint paper in water for about a minute and let dry. As it dries the paper will turn dark blue, but the places where the objects were will stay white.

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