How to make cyanotype prints

Submitting your prints to the Quarantine Herbarium


Please use A5 paper in portrait orientation to make your prints. Please use a different plant species* for each sheet and only place a single plant on each sheet. If you are coating your own paper, please coat edge to edge.

Please ensure you write on the back of your prints the following information (preferably in pencil) your name, location, date of exposure, duration of exposure, name of plant (if known), your Instagram account name/handle. 

To post your prints for potential inclusion in a publication and feature online please email for address. Subject line: Postal

 *NOTE: We actively encourage you to use weeds to make your prints. So try to look out for the plants that you might ordinarily pull up, discard or walk past and not notice! 

Our friend Stuart (Artist, Lecturer and Photographer living and working in Cornwall) at PARADICE has produced a special edition of pre-coated cyanotype paper especially for Quarantine Herbarium. Find out more on his website here. 

The brilliant Parallax Photographic have created a free cyanotype how to guide available here.

You can also buy cyanotype chemistry, paper and other supplies from them here.

Another supplier is Silverprint - see here.  They also stock brushes and other supplies here

To make cyanotypes from scratch, you will need: 

Part A: Ammonium ferric citrate, Part B: Potassium ferricyanide.

If you are keen to learn in more depth about cyanotypes, then check out our friend Lewis Bush's step by step guide to cyanotype printing. It covers everything from chemical prep and paper selection, through to drying and toning methods! See here.

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