November 2, 2018

Experiments in wet cyanotype - part 32

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 There were a few warm, sunny days in the tail end of October, and I took advantage of them to make some more wet cyanotype prints. I had resupplied myself with my favorite cotton sateen, and treated some panels with the cyanotype chemicals in the usual way and let them dry. I began with a hosta leaf, showing the first signs of autumnal decay.
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 And followed with my usual stalward, a plume poppy leaf. Next were some goat's beard leaves, Aruncus dioicus.
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 I finished the batch with some calla lily leaves, also approaching the end of the yearly cycle,
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 and a bit of ornamental sweet potato vine.
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 The sun was warm, but the days are shorter now, so I left these out for a about 27 hours to catch two days worth of rays.
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 This seemed to be a good strategy, as I got a lot more movement and colors shifts than I typically do this time of year.
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 These exposed, unwashed prints are gorgeous!
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 Lots of promise in these. I removed the leaves and let them dry overnight in the dark before rinsing.
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 Here are the finished prints. This is a very good batch by my preferred standards.
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 This hosta leaf print is magnificent.
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 I love when I get those streaky orange and yellow bits.
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 All of these are destined for stitching and inclusion in a larger project. The spots on the calla leaves will be a real pleasure to stitch.
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 This is the darkest and most mysterious of the batch. Stitching will really make it pop.
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