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Category: Cyanotype

Cyanotype

This blueprint of plants is a stunning experience.  If it’s done in the morning, say 9 am, the print has soft, dreamy, edges but as the sun rises, they become quite sharp. The same happens with the thickness of the plant.  The thicker it is, like hibiscus, the softer the edges. The thinner ones like honeysuckle, can result in very precise lines. Some like colza and silver dollars, leave beautiful surprises with their seeds.  All are simply beautiful.

Wet Cyanotypes

Since I’d been using sumac and elder to make lake pigments, I wanted to use the same plants in my wet cyanotypes. I picked some but was only able to start two days later.  I loved the results – nuances of blues, of yellow ochres and unexpectedly, beautiful tannin marks. It clicked – I shouldn’t have been surprised because sumac is very rich in tannin. I decided to cut more plants and took off with my shears.  This time the results were different. The plants reacted a lot more with the wet surface and left eco prints on the paper.  

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