Hosta / Plantain lily (Hosta ventricosa) anthotype by Suzanne Izzo
“From the Shade Garden” by Suzanne Izzo
Country: Washington, DC, USA
Parts used: Petals
Amount: 2 teaspoons of liquid emulsion for each print
Extracted by: Blender, extracted liquid boiled briefly to reduce
Thinner: Tap water
Substrate: Strathmore Watercolour Block, 400 series, rough
Created with: Photogram of the stem with blossoms and buds
Exposure: 12 days, some overcast, August, summer 2023
Contrast: ✿✿ (Medium)
Challenges or observations: I wanted to maximize the exposure time, and a couple of days when I thought there would be sun all day, I was surprised by a rain shower. The water leaked into the print frames and caused washed out areas along the margins, detracting from the image. I cut these areas off for the final print.
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:
Volume 1 contains 60 unique anthotype emulsions from 103 artists taking part from 31 countries.
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