Ethereal Sunshine Print

25 Aug


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Walking The Tawe Path

I’m going on a FIRE Lab field trip with a colleague tomorrow to walk the River Tawe Path, making cyanotypes along the way. It looks like the weather will be great for exposing these in the sunshine. I spent most of today preparing and I wanted to do a trial run as I haven’t done any for a while. I found some ready-prepared paper tucked away in a folder and grabbed some bits of plants from my garden. I perched the paper on my garden bench and put a sheet of glass over it and let the sun bathe it in light for 10 minutes – it was about 1pm so the light was very strong.


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Vintage Paper

The plants were quite fleshy and the glass couldn’t squash them flat and they threw slight shadows onto the treated paper, so I guessed the end image wouldn’t be the sharpest. The paper is a sheet of vintage I was given a while back, quite old and no watermark so I had no idea if it was even printmaking paper. It’s very thick and absorbent, almost like cloth. I took a photo (above) after 10 minutes exposure, before I put it in the sink to develop it.


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Soft And Shadowy

Cyanotype is developed in cold water, first in running water and then a good soak in water with a dash of vinegar added. I like the way this one has turned out – the combination of the soft creamy paper and the shadowy images gives it an ethereal quality.

9 Responses to “Ethereal Sunshine Print”

  1. Leonie Andrews August 29, 2019 at 08:54 #

    It must be ‘in the air’, I have also been doing cyanotype lately on cloth. I love the way you’ve painted it on randomly. I am considering taking some to my residency at the end of September and you have given me another approach to consider. Thanks 😊

    • Rosie Scribblah August 29, 2019 at 19:54 #

      Bockingford 300gsm is the most consistent paper to use but I often get a bit creative with the brushwork 😀

  2. Alli Farkas August 29, 2019 at 04:23 #

    I like the ethereal quality too. Will await more experiments.

  3. callicaro August 28, 2019 at 08:15 #

    Love these…..what is the coating you laid the flowers on? Just watercolour or acrylic? Thank you Caroline

  4. Catwoods August 25, 2019 at 23:41 #

    I love these and the technique is fascinating! You’re so versatile, I always like to see what you’ll be doing next.

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