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Beetroot (Beta vulgaris var. conditiva) anthotype by Montserrat Rodríguez aka nyx10110

“A dose of vitamins, 3” by Montserrat Rodríguez aka nyx10110
Country: Catalonia (Spain)
Parts used: For example: Root
Application: Brushing with a large mop
Exposure time: 7 days
Month, season and year: July, summer, 2022
Substrate: Watercolour paper: Arches Cold Pressed 300g 100% cotton pad
Contrast of final print: ** (Medium)

Beetroot (Beta vulgaris var. conditiva) anthotype by Montserrat Rodríguez aka nyx10110Beetroot (Beta vulgaris var. conditiva) for making anthotypesAmount: 2 teaspoons of red juice
Extracted using: Blender  (Juice extractor)
Thinner: 1 teaspoon Ethyl Alcohol 96°
Layers: 2
Used to create image: Photogram of dry red rose petals and leaves

Challenges or observations: It is a series of anthotypes with minimalist style from photograms of parts of fresh or dried garden roses. For the emulsion, I used red beet juice, spinach green and blue cabbage (RGB). I have also done tests combining emulsions, but I am still not completely satisfied with the result. I started practicing this technique at the end of May 2022. Sometimes, I use refrigerated juice and, as the days go by, the tone darkens. The juice seems more stable without adding water. I also make variations of rough and cold pressed watercolour paper, from one to three layers and different days of sun exposure. I keep experimenting…

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Additional information: The garden is very dry with the different heat waves that we are suffering on the Costa Brava this summer. The impression of the dried petals and leaves makes me think of the temperature and water problems we are going to have in the coming years with climate change, but their random compositions also remind me that we can take action and that there is still hope that not everything will break under the glass. They are like our projects for the future; some go well and others fail, but we continue…

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