Blog posts of '2022' 'January'

What is Cyanotype?


But what is cyanotype after all?


Well... to begin with, we would like to thank everyone for reading this article and welcome to our Blog! We think that with the blog we can reach many more people and fill the gap that was missing in our brand. The blog will be a space where we share ideas, teach some tricks and hopefully teach some new things. Feel free to comment and share everything you want. Maria Azul is a project based on cyanotypy as you might have realized. But what, after all, is cyanotype?


Cyanotype is a blue-toned photographic printing process discovered in 1842 by scientist and astronomer John Herschel. It was known to be the method used by botanist Anna Atkins to print the first photo book of History. This process is inexpensive and was therefore widely used during the 19th and 20th centuries to reproduce photographs and also copies of projects - the famous Blueprints. This process uses two chemicals: Ammoniacal Iron Citrate and Potassium Ferricyanide. In addition, using water, we have everything we need to reproduce an image.


Now that you have an idea of ​​what cyanotype is, you only have to give wings to the imagination and build your own impressions. To think about it, Maria Azul created Initiation kits with all the material you will need to be able to do cyanotyping without leaving home. Our kits contain chemicals, a brush (no metal parts due to corrosion of chemicals), a base for sunspots, paper samples, a frame, a piece of fabric, some dried flowers, negatives, gloves, a measuring syringe and of course, an instruction manual that explains the whole operation of the process as well as some tips. What are you waiting for? Get to work!

Let's cyanify together? ;)