What is cyanotype?


Cyanotype is a photo sensitive process that uses a mix of two chemicals (ferric ammonium citrate and potassium ferricyanide.) These chemicals are applied to paper or another receptive surface that will soak in the solution. Sun exposure develops the deep blue hue that is indicative of a cyanotype print. Through water processing, the iron salts of the chemical solution are washed away, and only the deep Prussian blue is left behind.

Historically, cyanotypes were originally used to create reproductions of drawings, as in a blue print. In the 1840’s Anna Atkins (1799-1871) famously used this process to document plant life through a photogram technique. Her photograms were released in limited addition books, the first of which is considered to be the first book published with photographic illustrations.  

When  working with cyanotype, I use a mix of traditional techniques, modern  techniques, collage, and mixed media elements. My artwork is largely inspired by the natural world, and rendered in an abstract way that sometimes contains a bit of mystery. To learn more about my process, visit the meet the artist section of this site. Or drop me a line! I'd be happy to answer any questions you have about my artwork. Contact hello@amandabaez.art  Thank you for your interest!