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Anthotype database: All emulsions

Find emulsions by browsing the list below. This Anthotype database of emulsions will grow each year on Anthotype Day when artists add to the knowledge-bank. If you can, please support this free resource by becoming a supporting member or making a donation. Much appreciated!


All anthotype emulsions A-Z

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 Emulsions, Volume 1 – NEW BOOK!

by Malin Fabbri

First book in the series from World Anthotype Day
Anthotype Emulsions Volume 1
Anthotype Emulsions, Volume 1 – The collective research from photographers on World Anthotype Day 2022.

“Dedicated artists from all over the world experiment and contribute their valuable discoveries page by page. The beauty is alluring, and the possibilities are endless.”

Peter J. Blackburn.
$12.00 Download eBook (PDF) directly.
$15.00 Buy eBook (PDF for Kindle) from Amazon Kindle. Buy from Amazon Kindle
($15 / €15 / £15 / 16 AUD / 16 CAD)
$20.00 Best paperback option. Buy from Lulu
($20 / €20 / £20 / 26 AUD / 24 CAD) Print quality is slightly better than Amazon
$20.00 Also available from Amazon. Buy from Amazon.com
($20 / €20 / £20 / 26 AUD / 24 CAD)
$30.00 Best hardback option. Buy from Lulu
($30 / €30 / £30 / 38 AUD / 36 CAD)

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In which format is the eBook?
eBook: The eBook is in PDF format which has a nice layout, but you can’t re-size the text – it is like a snapshot of a page in a printed book. You can read it on a computer or for example an iPad or a large phone.
Why buy it here?
When you choose the option to buy directly from us, most of the money goes towards running AlternativePhotography.com. When buying from Amazon we only get a small percentage – but also a good option!
Why can I buy it both on Amazon and Lulu?
We want to make it available to as many as possible at an affordable price so by publishing the book in more than one place we are able to give you a lot of choice in formats, and the best price for both e-book, paperback and hardback.

In the press: In Silvergrain Classics Issue #17, Winter 2022:

Review in Silvergrain Classics


Read the Review of Anthotypes Emulsions, Volume 1: “Consider this book as a springboard to immediately and easily propel you into the world of anthotypes with a minimum of equipment, time, and expense. Others will find the book a resource to build upon…”

Learn from the collective experience from World Anthotype Day.

Paperback format on Amazon Kindle:

  • Format: Paperback, 82 pages, full colour
  • Size: 20.3 x 25.4 cm or 8×10 inches
  • ISBN: 979-8358167308

Paperback format on Lulu

  • Format: Paperback, 82 pages, full colour
  • Size: 21.6 x 27.9 cm or 8,5×11 inches

E-book format here on AlternativePhotography.com:

  • Format: PDF, 82 pages, full colour
  • Size: 20.3 x 25.4 cm or 8×10 inches

About the anthotype emulsions book

On Saturday the 20th of August 2022 the World’s FIRST EVER Anthotype Day took place, initiated and facilitated by a small team at AlternativePhotography.com.

Over 100 artists from all over the globe sent in their anthotypes and research notes of prints made from plants, powders or dyes. The collective research gathered on the day has been compiled in this book covering 60 plants: African Lily, Algae / Spirulina, Amaranth, Arjuna tree, Basil, Beach Rose, Beech, Beetroot, Black Grape, Black Raspberry, Blackberry, Blackcurrant, Blueberry, Bougainvillea, Butterfly Pea, Celadine Poppy, Chard, Cherry, Chocolate Cosmos, Christmas Cactus, Coffee, Cootamundra Wattle, Dahlia, Eastern Red Columbine, English Cucumber, Geranium, Hardy Hibiscus, Hierbamora / Black Nightshade, Kembang Telang, Marigold, Matcha, Moss-Rose Purslane, Northern White Cedar, Oak Apple, Onion, Ora-pro-nóbis, Paprika, Pau Brasil, Petunia, Phasey bean, Pokeberry, Poppy, Raspberry, Red cabbage, Red Pepper, Rose Madder or Dyer’s Madder, Rowanberry, Royal Grape, Skunk Cabbage, Spinach, Strawberry, Sunflower, Sweet Paprika, Turmeric, Violet, Walnut, Watercress, Winter Purslane, Woad and Yerba Mate.

Next time you want to know if a plant can be used to make an anthotype, just look it up – or use the book as inspiration to try something new.

About the editor

Malin Fabbri moved from Sweden to London to study. She earned an MA in Design at Central St. Martin’s, but publishing her thesis felt more like a beginning than an end. Malin decided to combine her academic and practical experience and started AlternativePhotography.com in 1999. The website still maintains its origins as a source of information and research for alternative photographic processes and represents almost 400 artists. Malin actively manages the expansion of the site as editor. She researches alternative photographic processes, makes her own prints and runs workshops. Malin has also worked professionally with big media names like Time magazine and CNBC Europe. Malin is the co-author of Blueprint to cyanotypes and From pinhole to print, the editor of the alternative photography art book Alternative Photography: Art and Artists, Edition I representing 115 artists working in alternative photographic processes, Anthotype Emulsions, Volume 1 – The collective research from photographers on World Anthotype Day 2022, and the author of this book, Anthotypes – Explore the darkroom in your garden and make photographs using plants.

Anthotype Emulsions, Volume 1 inside the book

Artists in the book

The list of artists represented in this book can be seen in the World Anthotype Day 2022 gallery.

Anthotype emulsions

The book contains research on 60 emulsions:

  • African Lily
  • Algae / Spirulina
  • Amaranth
  • Arjuna tree
  • Basil
  • Beach Rose
  • Beech
  • Beetroot
  • Black Grape
  • Black Raspberry
  • Blackberry
  • Blackcurrant
  • Blueberry
  • Bougainvillea
  • Butterfly Pea
  • Celadine Poppy
  • Chard
  • Cherry
  • Chocolate Cosmos
  • Christmas Cactus
  • Coffee
  • Cootamundra Wattle
  • Dahlia
  • Eastern Red Columbine
  • English Cucumber
  • Geranium
  • Hardy Hibiscus
  • Hierbamora / Black Nightshade
  • Kembang Telang
  • Marigold
  • Matcha
  • Moss-Rose Purslane
  • Northern White Cedar
  • Oak Apple
  • Onion
  • Ora-pro-nóbis
  • Paprika
  • Pau Brasil
  • Petunia
  • Phasey bean
  • Pokeberry
  • Poppy
  • Raspberry
  • Red cabbage
  • Red Pepper
  • Rose Madder or Dyer’s Madder
  • Rowanberry
  • Royal Grape
  • Skunk Cabbage
  • Spinach
  • Strawberry
  • Sunflower
  • Sweet Paprika
  • Turmeric
  • Violet
  • Walnut
  • Watercress
  • Winter Purslane
  • Woad
  • Yerba Mate

Arjuna tree (Terminalia Arjuna) + Others anthotype by Archana Verma Kakar

“Epiphany” by Archana Verma Kakar
Country: India
Plants used: Turmeric, Onion skins, and my homemade brown ink from the Arjuna tree
Parts used: Flowers
Application: Brushing
Exposure time: 5 hours
Month, season and year: August, summer 2022
Substrate: Bustro 300gsm Watercolour paper (25 percent cotton)
Contrast of final print: ** (Medium)

Beetroot (Beta vulgaris) anthotype by Robyn Nielsen

“I Hope This Works…” by Robyn Nielsen
Country: Australia
Parts used: Juice from tin
Application: Sponge brush
Exposure time: 4.5 hours under 100w UV light (placed 12 cm from the light source)
Month, season and year: August, winter 2022 – but I used a UV light
Substrate: Eraldo Di Paolo Watercolour paper (100% cotton, rough, 300 gsm)
Contrast of final print: ** (Medium) (this is my first one so I can’t really compare it to anything, although the subject came up really clear, so it must be good)

Cherry (Prunus cerasus) + Wine, red anthotype by Natalia L Rudychev

“Cherry Petals in Flight” by Natalia L Rudychev
Country: USA
Common name of plant and latin name of plant: sour cherry organic juice (Prunus Cerasus)/merlot wine
Parts used: Sour cherry fruit juice/merlot wine
Application: Brushing
Exposure time: 3 weeks
Months, season and year: July, summer, 2021
Substrate: Strathmore watercolour paper
Contrast of final print: ** (Medium)