Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Cyanotype Prints on Paper

This week I've been making cyanotype sun prints using paper.
I have quite a lot of papers and fabric left over from some classes I taught several years ago - the books say use it within 2 - 3 months and if it's over two years old it won't work well at all.  
 I'm very happy with the results from my 'well over 10 years old' fabric and papers!
To see my last batch of cyanotype work on fabric click here!

I worked into some of the prints with black gel pen and water.

Thalictrum Aquilegifolium leaves - it's the most beautiful plant and fantastic for cutting and bringing indoors.  I'm not actually sure if it's a weed or not, but I love, love, love it and I let it spread over large areas of the garden! 

I'm linking up with Julia over at What's on Your Workdesk Wednesday.


  1. Completely stunning looking again Diana, I am so glad I found your blog a while back! I have never heard of this technique before, but the effect looks amazing. I shall now check out the link to the other ones you did....

  2. Lovely, as usual! And, so much for instructions that say "must use by....." ! I'm not familiar with the plant you mentioned but it looks lovely in your prints!

  3. Oh my what beauty you have captured and created here.
    Had to look up your plant pretty and airy with pretty columbine/maiden hair fern looking foliage too.
    I had a small sun print kit kicking around here for the longest time.
    Sure hope I did not throw it away (and I hardly throw anything away...note to self don't believe everything you read on pkgs!)
    Now I'm off to see your previous project.
    Thank you for sharing such beauty.

  4. Your fabric art is just so amazing and beautiful. I always look forward to see what you are up to! Happy WOYWW! Sandy Leigh #46

  5. I love the way the lace echoes the Thalictrum! These cyanotypes (ooh, spell checker didn't like that word, lol!) are some of favourites amongst your work...absolutely stunning. I could live with them on the wall!!
    And I love your determination in using ten year old products....who dares wins eh?
    Hugs, LLJ 7 xxx

  6. Wow stunning work - I had to google the process as I had not heards of it befor- It looks fun and i may have to have a go:)
    Thanks for shareing .
    Soojay 17#

  7. Oh that is stunning! Well done! I had never heard of that technique until you mentioned it. And the sell by date? Well, I take that with a pinch of salt....
    Thanks for visiting and commenting,
    Have a great week,

  8. Your work is amazing Diana. I've never seen this before. Really beautiful. Barb xx #36

  9. These are just gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous, Diana! I haven't a clue how you did it but the effect is amazing. I love the addition of the ink and water. Just lovely! Thank you for your lovely comments on my blog and your good wishes for my treatment on Friday. Hopefully the oncologist will have some constructive suggestions tomorrow! I am so glad you like my masterboard. I was pleased with how it came out. I love a bit of bling, and the gilding flakes are fun to use too. The new Dylusions paints are fabulous but I need to tone them down a bit as they are extremely bright!! I shall have some fun with my embryonic colour mixing skills lol! The wide neck of the pot allows you to use different applicators with ease. It's very fluid and very rich in pigment. The main advantage is being able to write over them without ruining your pens. As for mould making, do give it a go - it's one of the most fun things to do and you'll want to make moulds of everything! It's a great way of making repeats of something you like and don't want to "use up" on a project. You can use UTEE (haven't tried it yet), Friendly Plastic - brilliant - you can get generic pellets on Ebay - polymer clay, even polyfilla! Soooo much fun.

    Happy WOYWW,
    Shoshi #33

  10. Love the blue background and the lovely flower. And of course the lace is beautiful.
    April #50

  11. Love what you did! Not heard of that plant..... had to look it up.

    My dad is not a believer in sell by dates for food!!!!! He gives things the 'sniff test!'

    It pays to hold on to stuff and take a chance (as long as its not edible!!!!)

    Karen x

  12. That is stunning and that blue is beautiful. Anne x 31

  13. Well we've certainly got the weather for sun prints at the moment. They look beautiful.

  14. I'd be happy with the fabric and paper that was over 10 years old, too. These prints are gorgeous, and the way you accented the one with a pen. Thanks for visiting while I slept. Happy WOYWW from # 3.

  15. Hi Diana, thanks for the visit. I have some of this stuff somewhere and will have to have a look for it. The colour is just gorgeous and the technique has brilliant potential.
    Have a great week and happy woyww, Angela xXx 27

  16. So so beautiful, I'm so drawn to that color combination - it's so vibrant and doesn't look a day over 1 much less 10! I'd love to see photos of your garden sometime!

  17. Just brilliant Diana, love your work, so delicate these blue pieces. Thanks for visiting my WOYWW desk RobynO#28

  18. My Mum had lots of that plant in her old garden. She used to let it do its own thing and it spread everywhere.
    You have achieved some wonderful effects Diana. Bravo !! Xx

  19. Absolutely gorgeous. I love them all!

    Happy (late) WOYWW! again.....
    Mary Anne (4)

  20. What a beautiful post, Diana! The effect you created is really lovely, and your photos are gorgeous, as always.
    I too needed to google the plant you mentioned. It's native in some parts of our country but very rare and protected.
    Have a great week ahead!

  21. How fantastic :) I love the way you've accented the sun prints with ink.

  22. Beautiful work as always, just delightful. Ruth x