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I've used pre-coated squares of cotton to make cyanotypes quite successfully, but they are only 30cm by 30cm and my (UK) suppliers can't get hold of larger pieces. Is it possible to find pre-coated fabric that hasn't been cut up, or has anyone tried making their own from the numerous recipes? Advice, ple

-- Kate Dyer (, June 01, 2000


Hi Kate,

I found this on Amazon a while ago:

Hewitt, Barbara Blueprints on Fabric; Innovative Uses for Cyanotype. ISBN: 0-934026-91-2 $ 12.95 US

My guess would be that the precoating on the cotton is somewhat akin to the sizing of paper. In "The Keepers of Light", Crawford recommends to apply gelatine or starch solution to papers with insufficient sizing. Maybe this would solve your problem, too.

-- Thomas Wollstein (, June 15, 2000.

see this internet milarky too tricky to nanigate

hope the mammy outlives her new car


-- Gary McNeil (, December 05, 2000.

try looking on -Emily

-- Emily Thompson (, January 18, 2002.

i've coated my own cotton with the standard emulsion and the results were beautiful. it was very simple to do. tape the fabrice down and coat it with a brush it will soak through. it won't take long to dry with a blow dryer though. the fabric will turn somewhat stiff when dry but is soft again after washing.

-- lisa grant (, January 22, 2002.

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