Testing, Testing 1,2,3…

10 Aug

I’m doing some teaching tomorrow, taking a group of people for a walk to an inner city nature park, a reclaimed quarry and we’re going to be doing cyanotypes (aka sunprints). I’ve always done these from scratch in the past, mixing the chemicals and coating paper or fabric myself, but this time I’ll be using commercial cyanotype paper. So I thought I’d better test it out first to make sure there are no glitches.

I roped in Husb to help, which was a good idea because we needed two pairs of hands to work with plants outside in the garden – I decided I didn’t want to encourage people to break bits off tomorrow, to leave the plants intact. I tried 3 different times – 1 minute, 2.5 minutes and 5 minutes (left to right above). I think the 2.5 minute exposure is the best, it was a very bright day today. The commercial paper is much thinner than I’m used to working with but as a cost effective kit for beginners, I think it’s pretty good.

A Chance To Own One Of My Artworks

I have some small screenprints for sale, inspired by my drawings of the taxidermy collection at Swansea Museum. I have given these antique artifacts a modern twist by combining them with images of rubbish – old fruit nets, bubble wrap and plastic – highlighting the problem of human pollution and how it affects wildlife.

To buy my work on the Swansea Print Workshop site please click the image to the left and to see the complete image.

20 percent of the cost of each screenprint sold goes to support Swansea Print Workshop, which receives no public funding.

4 Responses to “Testing, Testing 1,2,3…”

  1. Leonie Andrews August 11, 2021 at 13:42 #

    I haven’t tried the commercial paper, but my last batch of home brewed chemicals wasn’t the best. Any chance you could share your recipe?

    • Rosie Scribblah August 15, 2021 at 18:10 #

      To be honest, I buy the chemicals separately and mix them according to the instructions on the packet, two separate solutions. Once the two solutions are mixed together, they don’t last long. I find that applying and drying the chemicals is more problematic than mixing. I hang the sheets up to dry now instead of leaving them flat to avoid pooling, which affects the quality of the print

      • Leonie Andrews August 20, 2021 at 09:36 #

        Thanks for your tip about drying the paper.

    • Rosie Scribblah August 23, 2021 at 18:45 #

      Good luck

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