Toning my Cyanotype with Haritaki

As beautiful as Cyanotypes are, the blue tone tends to overpower the image a little too much sometimes. Mr. Arpan Mukherjee’s workshop turned out to be just the thing I was looking for.

As a part of the extensive work he has done with Alternative methods of photography, his works with Cyanotype particularly caught my attention. He mentioned about using a natural seed called Haritaki for toning the images and giving it a beautiful coffee warm tone.

Following is the procedure we used for the toning:

We soaked the Haritaki seeds overnight and boiled them for 15 minutes.

A dry Cyanotype print was bleached first in the mixture of Potassium carbonate.

You can see the colour instantly changing and turning into a pleasing pale yellow.

Then the print is placed into a solution of Haritaki diluted in water.

After a while you see the color changing and turning into a warm brown.

The print later needs to be thoroughly washed and dried.

Following are the before and after images.

Before :

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After:

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