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DIY Sun Printing Paper

DIY Sun Printing Paper

This is an easy and ready to go cyanotype printing activity.

Cyanotype is a photographic printing process, where an emulsion is painted on paper or fabric and placed in the sun to aid exposure to produce a rich cyan-blue print.

The kit includes 12 sheets, 10 x 15cm, of 200 gsm watercolour paper pre-coated with the cyanotype solution as well as instruction sheet.

I hand cut and paint the paper for you with the cyanotype solution, therefore each sheet of paper will be painted a little different. Please refer to the photos for an example.

The process is simple, on a bright sunny day, collect your plant matter that you wish to print, arrange them on the paper, place a sheet of glass on top, to keep wind from moving it, and place it in a sunny spot. Watch the paper change colour in the sun uv rays. When it turns a grey colour its ready. Place the paper in a tub of water and watch it turn blue. Place the paper inside to let it dry.

You can then frame these pieces of art or make them into gift cards.