September 15, 2008

Catalpa Cyanotypes

The cyanotype gods were smiling on me yesterday. I had the time, I had the ideas, and the weather was perfect for it, hot and sunny and calm. I made a lot of prints for use in the catalpa quilt, using transparencies I prepared from digital pictures. Above you can see two of them printing--they are under glass, and you can see the reflection of my arms as I take the picture in the upper left.

Here's the resultant prints, after they been rinsed out, dried and pressed:

The images may look a bit abstract here, but I know where I am going with them--they will read differently in the context of the complete quilt top. They are nice and crisp, and the color is just good and rich. These are on a cotton sateen that I had custom treated by Blueprints on Fabric. I love her stock fabrics and use them often, but she also does a wonderful job of custom treating, and the hand and slight texture of the sateen is just what I wanted to convey the substance of the tree branches here.


Jackie K. said...

Fantastic result with your printing!!

Sue Reno said...

Thanks, Jackie. The conditions were ideal.

Anonymous said...

Can't wait to see finished quilt!!