Rose Madder or Dyer’s Madder (Rubia Tinctorum) anthotype by Roxanne Lasky
“Dad’s Spirit” by Roxanne Lasky
Parts used: Root
Exposure time: 25 hours over several days
Month, season and year: January, Winter 2022
Substrate: watercolor paper, 300 gsm
Contrast of final print: * (Low)
Amount: 4 tablespoons
Extracted using: Cooking
Thinner: Distilled water
Used to create image: Ink-jet-printed positive on acetate (was not black and white). The positive was from other photo experiments and will focus on high contrast transparencies.
Challenges or observations: This was an early test for me. Dye is more dilute than flower petal emulsions. Should have strained the liquor better to avoid graininess. Longer process in winter sun. Still think the results were ok, but will add more layers of color in future.
Experiments are never a waste of time.
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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