Greeting Card-Cyanotyping "Blank inside."
Cyanotype comes from the Greek word kyanos, meaning “dark-blue impression.” This unique form is one of the oldest photographic processes. It was developed in the 1800’s to create multiple copies using Ultra Violet (UV) light — and is where the blueprint gets its name. In creating these prints, we use two solutions that when mixed become sensitive to UV wavelengths. We coat a surface (paper, fabric, etc.), place objects on top of the surface, and then expose the whole thing to light. I used to think that this could only be done on a “sunny” day, but after hours of exploring, I found that we can do this in any & all conditions. Once the print is exposed, it is then rinsed in water, after which it will oxidize over time to create the gorgeous Prussian Blue I love. This medium is also one of the most eco-friendly processes as the chemicals used have a much lower toxicity and can be created with only light and water. This process is grounding for me because I spend time in nature exploring shapes and textures. I grew up on a 13-acre farm where I spent hours playing in the stream, climbing trees, and spending time with butterflies. This process brings me right back to that freedom of being and play. When I am overwhelmed, this process allows me to reconnect with my breath and slow my nervous system. I am then more prepared to experience joy in each moment.