Buttercups – Original Cyanotype


This beautiful cyanotype of Buttercups was created using flowers picked from my garden, It is an original one of a kind work of art. When I was young, growing up in Ireland, we used to hold buttercups under our chin and if the yellow colour was reflected on your chin, it meant you liked butter. I love butter!

It is created using the wet cyanotype process, on beautiful Bockingford watercolour paper. The size is 11 x 7.5 ins. and it is unframed.

The wet process is a variation on the traditional cyanotype method. It can be performed on dry pre-prepared sheets of photosensitised paper or directly into the wet chemicals as they are applied (wet into wet).

The Cyanotype process was developed by Sir John Herschel in the 1840’s and shortly after used by the pioneering female early photographer Anna Atkins. A method of photography using sunlight without the use of a camera.

The flower symbolism associated with buttercups is humility, neatness, childishness.