About Blue Print Planet
Blue Print Planet creates hand made cyanotype prints in London. Formed of a designer and a photographer, they work together to create beautiful works of art.
We offer cyanotype prints in various sizes of iconic designs, classic patents and vintage illustrations that we have researched and selected. Through exceptional illustration and modernisation we ensure every design is created to the highest possible standard.
An important part of what we do is to create the perfect print for you. We have a fully bespoke service, from personalised car number plates to realising your gift ideas for special occasions such as birthdays, weddings, christenings, Mother's Day, Father's Day and Christmas.
You can check out our suggestions for personalised prints on our bespoke page. Drop us an email if you have a question or wish to inquire about a personalised request.
The cyanotype printing process was developed by the polymath Sir John Herschel in 1842, just 3 years after the discovery of photography. Cyanotype is a photographic process that is sensitive to ultraviolet (UV) light, made up of the chemicals ferric ammonium citrate and potassium ferricyanide. The chemical is mixed and paper stock is coated evenly and left to dry under a safe light. When dry the coated paper appears a yellowish colour and is ready for printing. Through contact printing with a negative under UV light the chemicals fix the image and when washed the print oxidises, transforming into a variety of beautiful blues.
The cyanotype was used widely as a commercial process in industry for creating schematic blueprint drawings that would be used by engineers, architects, designers and builders.
At Blue Print Planet we mix the chemical solution ourselves using Herschel’s original formula. We use the highest quality paper stock that weighs 300gsm and is perfectly suited to the cyanotype process.
Working with a process that is over 170 years old and with every cyanotype print being individually hand coated, printed and washed, each print made is completely unique. The brush strokes from coating, chemical speckles and petite blemishes that are often visible add to the individuality of each print and forms the character of the cyanotype process that gives it an authentic hand made aesthetic.