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Oak Apple (Andricus quercuscalicis) anthotype by Margje Bijl

“Love is not Enough” by Margje Bijl
Country: The Netherlands
Parts used: Dried balls (5-10 years old)
Application: Foam brush
Exposure time: 8 days
Month, season and year: August, summer 2022
Substrate: Page from an antique book, Love is Enough by William Morris, 1873
Contrast of final print: * (Low)

Oak Apple (Andricus quercuscalicis) anthotype by Margje BijlOak Apple (Andricus quercuscalicis) for making anthotypesAmount: 50 balls
Extracted using: Cooking for 20 minutes, leaving it for 24 hours, then crushing the balls with a mortar.
Thinner: Tap water
Layers: Enough for 8 prints with 2-3 layers.
Used to create image: Positive on clear polyester film gloss 250 g/m²

Challenges or observations: The print turned into a negative! I am pleasantly surprised because it resonates with my project inspired by the photographs of the Pre-Raphaelite Muse Jane Morris. Do make sure you only apply the emulsion on the area you wish to print on.

Instagram handle: @janemorris_margje and @janemorrismuseum
Website: reflectionsonjanemorris.com/


 
 

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


 
If you want to learn more about making anthotypes there is also the "how-to" book:
Anthotypes – Explore the darkroom in your garden and make photographs using plantsMake prints using plants - an environmentally safe process!
 
The most comprehensive resource on Anthotypes.
 

Anthotypes – Explore the darkroom in your garden and make photographs using plants

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If you are already practising anthotype printing, we suggest making notes to document and learn:
Anthotype notebook50 pre-defined pages for you to document your anthotype process.
 

Anthotype notes – Document your anthotype process

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