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Strawberry (Fragaria × ananassa) anthotype by Karen Carson

“Three Summer Graces” by Karen Carson
Country: USA
Parts used: Overripe strawberries
Application: Foam brush
Exposure time: 3 days, 8-10 hours each day in bright sun
Month, season and year: July, summer, 2022
Substrate: Watercolour paper
Contrast of final print: ** (Medium)

Strawberry (Fragaria × ananassa) anthotype by Karen CarsonStrawberry (Fragaria × ananassa) anthotypeAmount: Handful for each print (2 tablespoons/30 g)
Extracted using: Ground strawberries to an almost liquid with a mortar and pestle
Thinner: Splash of 90% alcohol
Layers: 1
Used to create image: Different grasses such as sweet alyssium, geraniums to place on the coated paper, in a contact frame

Challenges or observations:
I do think that the longer the exposure, the better the results.Any additional information: The image was created this way:

  • I used strawberries (fruit) which were post-peak.
  • I ground several strawberries to an almost liquid with a mortar and pestle plus a splash of 90% alcohol.
  • I then chose different grasses, sweet alyssum, geraniums to place on the coated paper, in a contact frame.
  • I chose different grasses, sweet alyssum, geraniums to place on the coated paper, in a contact frame.
  • I used a foam brush to apply one coat on 90# water color paper.
  • I exposed for three days, 8-10 hours each day in bright sun.
  • I was very pleased that I got some images… I made four prints but this is the one that was most successful.

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