Cyanotypes Christmas Cards

Lisa Shea Photography

Cyanotypes can be made out of all sorts of things. T-shirts, pillow cases, you name it. For this project I used an X-acto blade to slice out pages from an old book. I folded those in half. Then I painted the front of each one with cyanotype fluid. I let it dry in a pitch dark environment. Then I was ready!

I took the cards out onto my back porch and laid a variety of items on them - bike gears, evergreen branches, sage branches, a chain metal headdress, and so on. I let the sun do its magic for about 15 minutes. Then I brought them in and rinsed them in water with some lemon juice. At last I laid them flat to dry. Voila! Cyanotype cards made from books!

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