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Cyanotype Development and Toning

This first set of Cyanotype prints are developed in a water bath for five minutes, water and a couple capfuls of peroxide for 2-5 minutes, and a wash for five minutes.

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The two sets of Cyanotpye prints below are developed in vinegar for 1 minute and washed in water for about 20 minutes.   Iit takes a lot longer for the water to clear with this method, but the vinegar  brings out the mid-tones and intensifies the prussian blue beautifully.   (5% glacial acetic acid to 95% water yields identical results).

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The following two sets are toned with tea.   Note: I have not yet toned any cyanotpe prints that have been developed with vinegar.

This set was wet, bleached with Arm & Hammer sodium carbonate, washed, toned with black tea (8 bags of Lipton tea to 2 quarts of water, boiled and cooled to room temperature) and washed again until water ran clear.   The second image was coated again with Cyanotype, exposed and developed with the water/peroxide method.

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The next two images were wet, bleached with Arm & Hammer sodium charbonate, washed, toned with black tea (8 bags of Lipton boiled in 2 quarts of water and cooled to room temperature), washed until water ran clear, placed in bleach bath for a second time and washed, back into the tea for a second time as well, and a final wash until water ran clear.   The second image was coated with cyanotype again, exposed and washed with the water/peroxide method.

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Finally, here is a set that I toned in coffee.   The steps were the same as the tea tone.   I wet, the cyanotypes, bleached in sodium carbonate, washed, toned in coffee (1/2 cup of cheap black coffee brewed to 12 cups of water and cooled to room temperature) and a final wash until water ran clear.

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Excellent sources worth noting (I didn’t follow any exactly, but researched and gleaned information from each before setting out to work on my own prints):

http://www.trollop.com/cyanotype-toning.html

http://mpaulphotography.wordpress.com/2011/04/01/cyanotype-toning-the-basics/

http://www.alternativephotography.com/wp/processes/cyanotype/vinegar-developed-cyanotypes-non-toxic-midtone-contrast-control

http://www.flickr.com/photos/fbfotografie/7110895809


Must have resource! —–> The Book of Alternative Photographic Processes by Christoper James <—–

 

 

 

 

Thank you very much for visiting my photo blog!

 

 

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