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Algae, spirulina (Spirulina maxima) anthotype by David Lowe

“Future Hopes and Friendships” by David Lowe
Country: UK
Parts used: Liquid blue food colouring
Application: Brushing with a foam brush
Exposure time: 6 hours in hot sunshine
Month, season and year: July, Summer 2022
Substrate: Hahnemuhle watercolour paper 300 gsm hot pressed
Contrast of final print: ** (Medium)

Anthotype made from spirulinaspirulina for making anthotypesAmount: Mix in equal proportions with alcohol. (1 tablespoon of each is sufficient to coat A4 paper)
Extracted using: Mix together with a spoon
Thinner: Alcohol (a small amount of baking soda, citric acid or lemon juice can be added to tone the emulsion if needed)
Layers: 2 coats works best
Used to create image: I normally use a digital transfer film; however, I have also tried photograms and they work just as well.

Challenges or observations: This emulsion works well on a hot sunny day in the North of England, however, it can soon become overexposed if left out for too long in the hot sun. Good for beginners. I like the unpredictability of Anthotype printing and also the fact that it is an ephemeral process.

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This anthotype is part of World Anthotype Day

World Anthotype Day was started by AlternativePhotography.com in 2022. In August anthotype artists all over the world celebrate the anthotype process and send in their entries. We add them here to the database and create a reference book for each year. The purpose of the day is to build a large resource where artist can learn which pigmenets and plants that work and draw inspiration from other artists' work. The reference books can be found here:

Volume 1 is the first book in the series:
Anthotype Emulsions, Volume 1 – The collective research from photographers on World Anthotype Day 2022
Volume 1 contains 60 unique anthotype emulsions from 103 artists taking part from 31 countries.
 

Anthotype Emulsions, Volume 1 – The collective research from photographers on World Anthotype Day 2022


Volume 2 is the second book:
Anthotype Emulsions, Volume 2 – The collective research from photogaphers on World Anthotype Day 2023
Volume 2 contains 100 unique anthotype emulsions from 139 artists taking part from 31 countries.
 

Anthotype Emulsions, Volume 2 – The collective research from photographers on World Anthotype Day 2023


 
If you want to learn more about making anthotypes there is also the "how-to" book:
Anthotypes – Explore the darkroom in your garden and make photographs using plantsMake prints using plants - an environmentally safe process!
 
The most comprehensive resource on Anthotypes.
 

Anthotypes – Explore the darkroom in your garden and make photographs using plants

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If you are already practising anthotype printing, we suggest making notes to document and learn:
Anthotype notebook50 pre-defined pages for you to document your anthotype process.
 

Anthotype notes – Document your anthotype process

Free for Supporting Members - both new and exisiting!

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