Creating 100 Sheets of Cyanotype Paper

Today, we’re going to be creating 100 sheets of cyanotype paper. Cyanotype paper is a fantastic medium for quick creativity involving photography, and it’s surprisingly easy to make.

Preparing the Index Cards

I started with some index cards and blue stick tack. The first step was to warm up the stick tack and apply it to the index cards. This prevents the cards from curling when the liquid cyanotype chemistry is added.

Items for Cyanotype

I used a special brush called a hake brush, made entirely of wood and natural fibers, to apply the chemistry. Metal can cause the cyanotype chemistry to react, so this all-natural brush was ideal for the job.

Applying the Cyanotype Chemistry

Applying the cyanotype chemistry to the cards was a meditative process. I aimed for an even distribution of the chemistry onto the paper, leaving a white border around the edge. This gives the finished cyanotype a snapshot-like appearance, making it easy for someone to understand what they’re holding.

Cyanotype Making with A Hake Brush

Drying and Stacking the Cards

Once the cards were coated, I left them to dry. I found that I could stack them on top of each other without any issues. I wasn’t sure how many cards I was working on at a time, but it seemed like I was doing about 30 at a time.

Applying Next Batch of 3X5 Cards

Packaging the Cyanotype Paper

After the cards were dry, I began the process of packaging them. I used existing cyanotypes that I had made to package the new ones. These cyanotypes weren’t doing me any good just sitting around my house, so I found them a new purpose.

Folding A Cyanotype Around the Cards for Packaging

Each package contained ten 3.5 by 5 index cards of cyanotype paper. I was pleased to note that the index cards I was using were certified by the Responsible Forestry Initiative (, meaning the paper came from trees that can be regrown.

Reflections and Future Improvements

I must admit, my packaging setup wasn’t high-end. I used recycled materials and Scotch tape for my first batch. I’m still learning and experimenting, so I’m sure I’ll find a better solution for packaging in the future.

Finished Packages of Cyanotype

Ready to Share the Joy of Cyanotype

In the end, I had ten packages of ten cyanotype papers each, ready to be played with and enjoyed. I believe that there’s no wrong way to cyanotype. If it can cast a shadow, it can be a cyanotype. I’m excited to share these cyanotype papers with others and see the creative possibilities they unlock. If you’re interested in trying out cyanotype printing, let me know. I’d be more than happy to send you a package of this paper. After all, I think it’s the some of the most fun you can have when there’s sun outside!

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