Van Dyke Brown

Seen in this video are several prints available through my Etsy store which can be found at the top of this page at

Van Dyke Brown is an early photographic printing process.

The Vandyke brown print is based on the first iron-silver process, the argentotype, invented in 1842 by the English astronomer, Sir John Herschel. Both processes utilize the action of light on ferric salts and their chemistry is very similar. The Vandyke process gets its name from its similarity in color to the deep brown pigment used by the Flemish painter Van Dyck. Vandyke brown prints are very simple and economical to make, with the sensitizers consisting of three readily available chemicals. Clearing is carried out in water and fixing is done in a weak solution of hypo.

you can also see an annotated version of this video on my Youtube Channel

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Remarkable to see you at work in real life Kat2 Kit! How lucky we are indeed to have such a talented and gifted artist with us! Your discovery and use of classic methods for producing your timeless works of art are inspiring indeed! Thank you! S;-D

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