Back in the dark ages (aka the early 1990s) when I was a hippie dippie art student majoring in printmaking, I fell in love with cyanotype or blueprinting. A combination of two chemicals mixed with water and set out in the sun= magic blue-ness! I did a lot of these even in the first few years after I left university, but when I moved from flat to flat in my early twenties my printmaking fell by the wayside, it was difficult to keep a bunch of printmaking supplies in tiny spaces.
So it has been over 20 years since I blueprinted anything.
Then I came across Inkodye, mentioned in a craft book I was reading. A quick eBay search and a couple of days later I had a bottle of my very own!
This stuff does just what I’d done back in my uni days, but comes in a wide variety of colours! I went with old school blue, but next time I’d like to try a green- it’d be fabulous for botanicals.
And that’s what I wanted to use, leaves from my garden on some plain white cotton fabric.
To begin with, the thick gloopy liquid is hard to work with, and you need to work incredibly fast, it starts colouring straight away.
It only takes 10 minutes to fully colour.
Quickly back into the machine with more powder this time.
Unfortunately the colour faded a bit in the wash so I didn’t get to keep that wonderful deep indigo.
Still, the blueprint feel was there and took me back in time. I love them!