My friend, Gina Moreland, does not consider herself an artist. I beg to differ with her, but I do understand that "artist" is a sacred word to many and my hope is that one day, she too will see herself as I do! Her passion is cyanotypes. Beautiful blues and whites capturing nature and unusual images alike. She has decided to step out of that comfort zone and open herself up to sharing her talents. This is a big step, as I remember it was a big step for myself to finally live in that special space.
Our Sunday School class titled "Using Artist Tools to Explore God's Greatness" asks the students to stop and take notice of the world around them. The beauty they see in a cloud, flower, flowing water, and even the inter-workings of their own bodies. God created these things for us to observe and enjoy and appreciate. It has been a wonderful class of exploring nature and capturing the essence of it through this unique photographic process.
We had 2 sheets left over that Gina gave to me for my own creative exploration. Below are the images and a little bit of the process to create a cyanotype...
Once the chemicals have dried on the paper, you can begin to apply your objects. This is watercolor paper. This photo is dark because I was in a low lit room. UV lights can start the process on the paper, not just sunlight. You can see a little of the yellow tint the paper has where Gina applied the solution.
For my objects I used green tomatoes and lemons. You have to work fast.
Do you see around the fruit where the paper is still yellow? It is just beginning the process..
After a few minutes in sunlight, it will start to change. Do you see the bluish color around the fruits now?
This blue will become darker.
You can see where the chemical is even changing the lemons blue.
Excitement to see what the end result will be!!!
Once it has been in sunlight for about 6 minutes, it should be ready. At this time, you rinse the rest of the chemicals off really well.
Then you add hydrogen peroxide and watch the magic...
Can you see where I am pouring the peroxide, it is a darker blue?
Rinsed and ready to dry!
A closeup of the many shades of blue!
I just love how the lemon veins went beyond the corner! That might be my favorite part!
Here are the 2 side by side I made! The one on the left is not totally dry at this point, so it is a little darker.
Many thanks Gina for sharing this process! I have enjoyed it immensely!!! I encourage you to go on facebook and "like" Gina's new page titled "The Other Side of Someday":
I hope learning will never cease on this artist holiday-