Tuesday, June 7, 2011

DIY Cyanotypes

Apparently I was ahead of the design-trend curve by about-- oh... a decade!

Way back in my penniless grad-school days, I fell in love with the look of cyanotypes.  Lacking the funds to buy the special paper to create my own, I brainstormed and had the idea to spray paint over faux greenery from a craft store, mimicing the look for pennies.  Opening all the windows to my apartment, I went to work on these, which still hang in our bedroom today. 

Fast forward to a few days ago, when I found this tutorial via Cottage and Vine.  It's got me itching to update this set in a blue hue to match our current bedding (and the look of a "real" cyanotype.) When I made my set way back when, I just used spray paint-- none of the other materials this tutorial calls for-- so I know it can be done that way, too. 

Happy creating!


Southern Exposure said...

What a great idea! I am definitely filing this one away for a future project :)

HannahJ said...

Gorgeous- wonderful idea!

Lacey said...

this mess could be a fun one to do with naomi. think a 6 year old can handle a spray paint can?

Melissa said...

I have a "gas mask" that I wear when I paint, Lacey-- if nothing else she could look cute doing it.