Cosmos, garden (Cosmos bipinnatus) anthotype by Rajeev Peethambaran
“Mystical forest” by Rajeev Peethambaran
Country: Kerala, India
Parts used: Petals
Amount: 15 grams
Extracted by: Mortar
Thinner: 18 mL alcohol (vodka)
Substrate: Watercolour paper Grain fin, cold pressed), 300 gsm
Created with: Photogram of dry leaves
Exposure: 43 hours, August, summer 2023
Contrast: ✿✿ (Medium)
Challenges or observations: I applied 16 mL of emulsion to 15 papers. (A4 x 2, A5 x 7, A6 x 6). Each piece had a different coating. When coating with three layers, a print couldn’t be achieved properly. I’ve achieved an excellent outcome in one or two coatings, applying one layer of emulsion to develop this print.
Additional information: The Cosmos plants are herbaceous perennial plants or annual plants growing 0.3–2 m (1 ft to 6 ft 7 in) tall. The leaves are simple, pinnate, or bipinnate, and arranged in opposite pairs. Cosmos is native to South America. A boon to pollinators and other beneficial insects, these plants are a welcome addition to both the flower bed and the organic vegetable garden.
This anthotype is part of World Anthotype Day
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Volume 1 contains 60 unique anthotype emulsions from 103 artists taking part from 31 countries.
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