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.

3 comments:

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!!


Mary