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Cootamundra Wattle (Acacia baileyana) ‘Purpurea’ anthotype by Wendy Currie

“Spring anticipation” by Wendy Currie
Country: Australia
Parts used: Flowering pom poms
Application: Brushing
Exposure time: 3 days in sunny & overcast conditions
Month, season and year: August, early Spring 2022
Substrate: Arches aquarelle watercolour paper
Contrast of final print: ** (Medium)

Cootamundra Wattle (Acacia baileyana) ‘Purpurea’ anthotypeCootamundra Wattle (Acacia baileyana) ‘Purpurea’ anthotype by Wendy CurrieAmount: 1 cup of wattle Pom poms
Extracted: Blender
Thinner: 4 capfuls of vodka
Layers: 2
Used to create image: Photogram of a sprig of wattle

Challenges or observations: I tried various layers of emulsion and found that 2 coats gave the best result. I think that using 5 or more coats just blocked the light which resulted in a weak image. I blended the ‘pom Pom’ flowers with vodka and filtered them through an old cotton hanky. Concerned that the image might need several weeks, I was delighted to see a good result after a few days. I will experiment with more Australian native plants over the next few months.

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