“Ramified” by Alaz Okudan
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)
Amount: Handful of leaves for each print
Extracted using: Mortar
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.