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Anthotype database: All emulsions

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Anthotype emulsions A-Z from 2023

Fireweed, common (Chamaenerion angustifolium) anthotype by Sirpa Kärkkäinen

“A flying fantasy beetle” by Sirpa Kärkkäinen
Country: Helsinki, Finland
Parts used: Petals
Amount: 100 grams
Extracted by: Centrifuge in a blender
Thinner: Boiled tap water, a teaspoon of glycerol and vitamin C. First mixed the flower petals and a minimum amount of the boiled tap water in a blender, then filtered the mixture with cheesecloth. Mixed a teaspoon of glycerol into the solution. In the end, mixed an effervescent vitamin C tablet into the solution and mixed well
Application: Brushing

Hibiscus (Hibiscus sabdariffa) anthotype by Ronald D. Butler

“Trinity” by Ronald D. Butler
Country: New York City, NY, USA
Parts used: Dried flowers
Amount: Large handful placed in a mason Jar
Extracted by: Soaking while stored in a refrigerator for 48 hours, occasionally shaking the mixture
Thinner: 10 oz of Everclear 190 proof grain alcohol
Application: Brushing

Mix of Lavender (Lavandula), Spinach (Spinacia oleracea), Blue butterfly pea (Clitoria ternatea) and Basil (Ocimum basilicum) anthotype by Émilie Léger

“Lavande” by Émilie Léger
Country: Montréal, Canada
Parts used: Petals from lavender petals; leaves from spinach and basil; buds from blue butterfly pea
Amount: 4 spinach leaves, 4 basil leaves, 4 lavender buds, a dozen blue butterfly pea buds
Extracted by: Mortar and pestle
Thinner: Tap water
Application: Brushing with paint brush and sponge

Mix of Redbud (Cercis canadensis), Violet, common blue (Viola sororia), and Blueberries, wild (Vaccinium angustifolium) anthotype by Dominick Rivers

“Ancestral Inquiries” by Dominick Rivers
Country: Bloomington, Indiana, USA
Parts used: Petals of redbud blossoms and violets, whole blueberries
Amount: 1/2 cup of each
Extracted by: Mortar & pestle
Thinner: Extremely cheap vodka
Application: Pour emulsion into lightproof container; submerge film strips in container; swirl around; rest container upside down for 20 minutes, then flip over for 20 minutes

Mix of Turmeric powder (Curcuma longa), Red curry paste (Capsicum annuum) and Tabasco scorpion sauce (Capsicum chinense) anthotype by Johan Alfraeus

“Happy Cousins” by Johan Alfraeus
Country: Hammarö/Karlstad, Sweden
Parts used: Powder, paste and sauce. Turmeric 50%, Red Curry Paste 30%, Tabasco Scorpion Sauce (Trinidad Scorpion Butch T, the hottest tabasco sauce there is) 20%
Amount: 60 grams Turmeric powder, 36 grams Red Curry Paste, 24 grams Tabasco Scorpion Sauce
Extracted by: Mix of ingredients listed above
Thinner: 96% Alcohol (Ethanol/Isopropanol). Emulsion strained through double-folded cotton fabric
Application: Sponge brush


 
 

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

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