Project Learning Outcome Goal: Create by exploring a variety of skills and techniques


Anna Atkins - Algae, 1854

Anna Atkins - Algae, 1854

Project synopsis: Cyanotype is an alternative photographic printing process that produces a cyan-blue print.

You will create a Cyanotype by applying a light-sensitive solution of ammonium iron(III) citrate and potassium ferricyanide to a natural fiber surface and then exposing it using UltraViolet light.





Remember: All Epic Design Quests require documentation of your design process. Be sure you are very familiar with the design process before beginning any Epic Quest.


Digitally Downloaded images Due: Monday April 3


To begin this project now you may click Accept.


ALWAYS read the entire quest before beginning to ensure you understand all requirements. Remember the process is worth at least half of the project grade. 


Create your new project page titled Cyanotype. Now copy and paste the following as you will need to complete and correctly document these 7 steps on the your design process:

  1. Understand the Problem
  2. Research and Investigate
  3. Generate Possible Solutions
  4. Select AND DEVELOP Best Solution 
  5. Model and Prototype (Create)
  6. Test and Evaluate
  7. Produce



  • Explore a new alternative photographic process
  • Turn in one successful Cyanotype print (11" x 17"  Negative)
  • Create 3 prints using your single digital negative
  • Explore what this new process has to offer a photographer
  • Problem solve the unknown challenges you will face
  • Reflect on what you have done well and how you can improve
  • Create




     Design Process STAGE 1: Understand the Problem

1. Consider what the goal is for your Cyanotype?

  • What is a cyanotype and what is unique about them (other than they are blue)?

     Design Process STAGE 2: Research and Investigate

Please check out some of the Captain's  cyanotype resource sites


     Design Process STAGE 3: Generate Possible Solutions

3. Use your own personal passions as Inspiration


     Design Process STAGE 4: Plan and Develop Best Solution

4. Plan out your printing composition

  • Plan out a couple of shoots to create some possible images for your own cyanotype negative to be printed
  • Plan how you will paint your light-sensitive chemical onto your paper. This will impact your final composition SIGNIFICANTLY
  • Be aware of size restrictions - cropping to non-traditional proportions may cause print to be small (Your digital printed negatives can be a max of 11" x 17"
  • You should add additional contrast to your image before printing your negative because cyanotypes do not record as much detail in the middle values as a traditional silver gelatin B&W prints.


      Design Process STAGE 5: Model and Prototype (Create)

6. Begin production of your design

  • Digital Negatives must fit your film size (11" x 17") with a resolution of 300ppi
  • Turn in your final NEGATIVE image to be printed onto FILM by Coulson.
  • Beware of contrast in your detail or details will likely be lost.
  • Plan out your painting of the Cyanotype Paper based on your composition design!!!
  • Paint three sheet of paper with cyanotype chemical
  • Print 3 versions of your composition (to learn from each exposure)
  • Dry and Iron (use the heat press) your final three prints flat


     Design Process STAGE 6: Test and Evaluate

7. Self-reflect on your final composition

  • self-reflect and carefully evaluate your successes and difficulties?
  • What are the prints strength & weaknesses
  • Do you want or need to give it another try?


     Design Process STAGE 7: Produce

8. Turn in your most successful final Cyanotype Print

  • Include a digital image (photograph your print) of your final print at top your project page
  • Finalize Project Page with a thorough project reflection
    • successes
    • struggles
    • what you learned
  • Turn in a self-evaluation form


COMPLETE: You need a fully documented project page including all scanned sketchbook work with captions. Paste the URL to your project page below and check that you have completed all requirements, then click complete.

Great Work Design Agent.

Amazing work, Visitor.

Go hang the finished piece on the Critique wall at the front of the classroom. Other's need to see what you have accomplished.

MASTERY: To earn your mastery:

  • Matte your final Print AND
  • Have it selected for display in the hall

You are a truly special talent, Visitor!

We have big plans for you!!

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