Create a Collection of Cyanotypes Without Chemicals

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Remember when photography classes were taught with film. The first assignment in any Photo 101 class was almost always to create a cyanotype to understand how light sensitive paper works. Nowadays, using sunlight and chemicals to create an image feels like too much work, but that doesn't mean you have to forgo the the look altogether.If you asked someone today to make a cyanotype, she might look in confusion at her digital camera and then ask where the heck do you buy Prussian blue, aqueous potassium ferricyanide and aqueous ferric ammonium citrate. For this project, you just need to be able to locate spray paint and paper...phew!

Using found natural objects like leaves and pressed flowers, these "cyanotypes" are an easy and inexpensive way to fill some real estate on your walls. By grouping more than one together, you have an instant collection! Since you are using spray paint instead of Prussian blue, feel free to get creative and change the cyan in these prints to any color you want.

For full instructions, visit Canadian House & Home: DIY Cyanotype Art by Michael Penney.

Image credit: Michael Penney / Canadian House & Home

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