Freitag, 7. September 2012

Black is beautiful !

Finally, after one year of "try and error" with cyanotypes, toned with tannic acid, gallic acid, tea, or coffee....or blahblahblah.......I´ve got first really "black" Cyanotype on my new favorite paper "Lukas OSAKA". Normally the toning process results in a lot of weired color cast like greenish-violet-brown-blue-black colors, but yeah....on this new paper I´ve got a beautiful clean warm-black tone. In this case I toned the wet unbleached cyano with tannic acid immediately after the washing process. And it works..many thanks to the "Schoellerhammer" company for this beautiful watercolor paper!

© Andreas Reh    toned Cyanotype on Lukas Osaka 300g/m²,  24x32cm


  1. This is really amazing. Just one question remains open: Wich cyano formula were you using? Mike Ware or traditional? I found for Mike Wares it is extremly picky with paper and moreover extremly tricky in toning. So I would assume you used some kind of traditional formula, right?

    1. Thank you! Yes, I use the traditional formula, 100ml dem. water, 7.5g of ferric ammonium citrate, 3g of potassium ferricyanide. Developed in very hard water (16 dHg or hardness >250 mg/l) and oxidized with 3% hydrogen peroxide after developing and after toning with tannic acid.

  2. Wow, the first real black toned cyanotype I saw. Congratulations. I like it and will try it by myself. Thanks for information...