Question about cyanotypes....

Discussion in 'Alternative Processes' started by ErinHilburn, May 28, 2006.

  1. ErinHilburn

    ErinHilburn Member

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    I just created my first cyanotypes :wink: I have a quick question. I'm really happy with the way one of them turned out, but one of the things I like most about it is kind of irregular I believe. Where the highlights should be there is instead, in places, a very dark navy blue. I used the tips of celery leaves. Could it have been some sort of reaction with the leaves? Is this a common problem?
    Thanks,
    Erin
     
  2. Donald Qualls

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    If you have blue in the areas shadowed by the leaves, it indicates something exposed or fogged the sensitizer in those areas. It's certainly conceivable that some chemical in the celery might have done this, but much more likely a problem with impurities in the paper, contamination (as by a metal ferrule on a brush used to spread sensitizer), or some impurity in drops of water left on the leaves (if you washed them before using them to shadow the cyanotype). If you were using a peroxide rinse to deepen the color more quickly, splashed drops of peroxide solution before washing off the unexposed sensitizer could also produce this effect.
     
  3. ErinHilburn

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    ohk thanks, the pieces of celery were wet and wilted, so it very well could have been that:wink: Thanks
    -Erin