Let me tell you about Cyanotypes, because today, I learned all about it.
We have an art co-op in town with a host of classes available to the adventurous. I was lucky enough to get a Dabble gift certificate and our teacher really put down the magic today. Even on an overcast day (it was raining most of the time) we were able to get enough UV rays with the help of a grow-light to produce some decent results.
Cyanotype art creates a mixture that, when applied to a porous surface and exposed to the sun then washed with water, will produce a blue-print look. There are much better put explanations than that on the interwebs, including a few good videos on YouTube. The fun part is applying bits and pieces to the surface to hold back the light, the remnants being the shadowed surface.
I have captioned the pictures below, for your greater education (and mine as I will forget a lot of it and likely be unable to decipher my own notes in 24 hours!!).
Create a negative, lay it on top of the fabric or paper to be exposed.
Cut out shapes from pictures as stencils.
I have enclosed my mad scientist notes in my serial killer handwriting below for your perusal. It’s all very stream of consciousness. I am going to finish this out with some pastels or bright color for the string of the balloon as the metal did not make enough surface contact to leave an impression.
Next up, screen printing, so I can post a few t-shirts for sale. I do not intend to retire off of the profits, just have a little fun being creative. I am looking for the right kinds of t-shirts, for all of us short-waisted individuals (lacking a torso is a small price to pay for having long legs). I have written down a lot of cyanotype ideas, too. Let's see what happens next.
I'm driving a couple of hours tomorrow to pick up a military desk from a friend. It is that turquoise blue from the 1950's and I am so thrilled about it, I can barely contain myself. I'm dragging the boy-man along with me for his muscle power and when it's all set up, I'll post a picture so you can roll your eyes and think this girl has got to get a life.
Until next time...