September 9, 2021

Experiments in wet cyanotype - part 70

 

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Time for more fun with mineral paper, wet cyanotype, and horrid invasive plants! These two first prints, shown here before exposure, are of Japanese knotweed leaves. For all of their faults, they have nice flat substantial leaves that print really well.
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These next two are the opposite, from the beloved and native wood poppy plant. They too have leaves that behave well for printing.
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I finished out this batch with a fern frond. When I started in gardening at this property two years ago I made an effort to record the names of all the ferns, but they move about a bit, and while I can recognize some easily, I'm not certain about this one at this point. It doesn't matter a lot for this purpose as all ferns are lovely.
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I added just a small amount of purple Solarfast solar dye chemical to the cyanotype mixture for these, and you can see how it sorted itself out in the post exposure, pre rinse images.
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These are just ridiculously gorgeous at this stage.
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I know from experience most of those orange tones will rinse away, so please enjoy them in these pictures.

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Here are the finished prints. There's a lot going on here, and it's all good.
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Just an amazing amount of fine detail in these, and a bunch of interesting color gradations.
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This fern print is intense! Enjoy!
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