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Albumen prints

Replacing the salt print process by the 1840’s, albumen prints combine beaten egg whites with salt and potassium iodide for a higher definition photograph.

Albumen process
Albumen printing

Creating and processing albumen paper.


A fun and easy way to make images using juice from fruits, plants, flowers and vegetables as both sensitizer and pigment! Practiced by Sir William Herschel in the 1840’s, this method is very suited to photograms. Although anthotype prints are novel and unique, permanence of the image depends upon your choice of organic extract. Anthotypes step-by-step.

Anthotypes, colouring and food colouring

An excerpt from Anthotypes – Explore the darkroom in your garden and make photographs using plants. Pigments normally thought of as food dyes can also be used to make photographs.

Portrait of Mrs. Mary Somerville
The history of anthotypes

An excerpt from Anthotypes – Explore the darkroom in your garden and make photographs using plants. How the anthotype was discovered.


The cyanotype, also known as a blueprint, is considered among the easiest of all the historical methods. Dating from 1842, this classic Prussian blue process is a great place for both beginners and accomplished artists alike to explore. Cyanotypes are economical, permanent, have few pitfalls, and are versatile in that a variety of toning effects are possible.

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Cyanotypes on fabric – preparing the fabric

This article is an excerpt from Ruth Brown's book Cyanotypes on Fabric. Here Ruth explains how to prepare the fabric for printing.

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