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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.


 
 

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


 
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If you are already practising anthotype printing, we suggest making notes to document and learn:
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