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Chard, common (Beta vulgaris L. var. cicla) anthotype by Alaz Okudan

“Ramified” by Alaz Okudan
Country: Turkey
Parts used: Leaves
Application: Brushing (with a foam brush)
Exposure time: 8 hours
Month, season, and year: July, Summer, 2021
Substrate: Canson Montval 300 gr watercolour paper
Contrast of final print: ** (Medium)

Chard, common (Beta vulgaris subsp. vulgaris, gr. cicla & gr. flavescens) anthotype by Alaz OkudanChard, common (Beta vulgaris subsp. vulgaris, gr. cicla & gr. flavescens) for making anthotypesAmount: Handful of leaves for each print
Extracted using: Mortar
Thinner: Alcohol
Layers: 1
Used to create image: Laser printed OHP positive
Challenges or observations:
Chard leaves are cut into small pieces and crushed in a mortar. With the help of a little bit of alcohol, pigments are extracted. At this point, the liquid emulsion consists of small dust-like particles. To eliminate them, the emulsion is filtered with a paper coffee filter.
The pigment extract presents a deep green color in its liquid form. When applied to watercolour paper, it preserves its green colour; however, after exposure, it transforms into a yellow tone.
When compared to other anthotype emulsions, it is quite a fast emulsion. On an unclouded summer day, it takes 7-8 hours to expose an image.

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