July 11, 2017

Experiments in Wet Cyanotype - Part 4

Wet cyanotype, Sue Reno, Image 40
By now I was really in the groove for making wet cyanotype prints. Experiments to this point helped me dial in a process that produced prints with an aesthetic that I wanted, while still having the thrill of unpredictability.
Wet cyanotype, Sue Reno, Image 41
You can read about the process to date in Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3. And I've added a Wet Cyanotype tab to the top header where you can always access all the relevant posts in reverse chronological order.
Wet cyanotype, Sue Reno, Image 42
For this round of prints, I again used my heavily treated cotton sateen. I sprayed a fine mist of water on the foam board support, layered on the fabric and leaves, gave it another light misting, then added the glass cover. The leaves were full of sap, and the weather was hot, humid and sunny.
Wet cyanotype, Sue Reno, Image 43
I used plume poppy leaves for the larger 16" x 20" print, and wood poppy leaves for the other three smaller prints. I left them to expose for about 24 hrs.

Wet cyanotype, Sue Reno, Image 44
Here they are after exposure.
Wet cyanotype, Sue Reno, Image 45
Again, after removing the glass and the leaves, I let them finish drying off in a dark, air conditioned room.  They are very dark and mysterious at this point.
Wet cyanotype, Sue Reno, Image 46

Wet cyanotype, Sue Reno, Image 47
Here are the finished prints. 
Wet cyanotype, Sue Reno, Image 48
I thought the patterning of the gold and orange bits was particularly nice with this round.
Wet cyanotype, Sue Reno, Image 49
I also loved the blue and purple shading withing the leaf impressions, and the way some of the leaf veining shows up.
Wet cyanotype, Sue Reno, Image 50

Obviously, I needed to make more and more and more.....

As always, thanks for reading and commenting.

4 comments:

Diane Doran said...

If I didn't have a bunch of deadlines this week I'd be all over this. Thank you so much for sharing your experiments and expertise! They're all gorgeous.

Robbie said...

Love seeing the results you get!

Sue Reno said...

Thanks Robbie!

Tammy said...

These are so beautiful! I love the effects you are getting with this!