White Leaves And Pooled Corners

2 Sep


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Another one of the cyanotype prints I did at Craig-y-Nos a few days ago. The gardeners had been trimming hedges so I picked up a few leaves and arranged some stones and gravel from the river bank onto the treated paper. It was a very overcast day, around midday, so I guesstimated an exposure time of 20 minutes. When I developed it in cold water, I added a dash of vinegar, which is supposed to increase the contrast. It’s quite a good colour and I like the softness of the leaves. The photo below was taken while I was exposing the cyanotype. I think it’s a nice image in it’s own right.


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The dark splodges in the corners came from the initial coating process. The received wisdom is to coat the paper and let them dry on a flat surface, but I found that almost all the sheets of paper had ‘pooled’ at the corners. The previous batch had been hung to dry and the coating was much more even.


The FIRE Lab

I am currently artist in residence with The Fire Lab at Swansea University and have been going on field trips with scientific colleagues along the course of The River Tawe. This cyanotype experiment is our latest field trip.





2 Responses to “White Leaves And Pooled Corners”

  1. paperstew September 6, 2019 at 20:03 #

    I like seeing the process photo as well as the finished piece. Loving what you are creating!

    • Rosie Scribblah September 7, 2019 at 20:19 #

      Thanks Gale. I love some of the photos as much as the cyanotypes. I might print and frame some of them x

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