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English Cucumber (Cucumis sativus) anthotype by Ralph Rinke

“Stack of Chips” by Ralph Rinke
Country: Canada
Parts used: Cucumber skin (hothouse/greenhouse)
Application: Brushing with a foam brush
Exposure time: 3 hours 45 minutes – during mid day and high sun
Months, season and year: Summer, July 2022
Substrate: Stonehenge White cotton rag – 250 gsm
Contrast of final print: *** (High)

English Cucumber (Cucumis sativus) anthotype by Ralph RinkeEnglish cucumber for making anthotypesAmount: Peeled skins of 1/2 cucumber
Extracted using: Mortar & Pestle, sieve then decanted juice
Thinner:The skins were juicy enough, no extra thinner required
Layers: 6 coats
Used to create image: Positive print on Fixxons Positive Film
Challenges or observations:
Makes a great cucumber salad while you wait for your print to expose. A nice bright green colour after applying 3 or 4 coats. I would almost guarantee an image with minimal exposure required. This could be the gateway (drug) plant to Anthotyping, you’ll be hooked.

Instagram: @ralphrinke

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