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Turmeric (Curcuma longa L.) anthotype by Dalene Marais

“Hope from Africa with love” by Dalene Marais
Country: South Africa
Parts used: Powder
Application: Brushing
Exposure time: 8 hours in SA sun (UV 6 out of 10)
Month, season and year: August, Winter, 2022
Substrate: Rough watercolour paper 300 g
Contrast of final print: * (Low)

Turmeric (Curcuma longa L.) anthotypeTurmeric (Curcuma longa L.) anthotype by Dalene MaraisAmount: 2 tablespoons + 100ml of surgically spitit
Extracted using: Mortar,  centrifuge, soaking, cooking
Thinner: Surgical spirits
Layers: 2
Used to create image: Picked fresh plant parts from the garden and arranged on wet paper with the coloured turmeric extract. Used fern and stems. small flowers of dandelion. the feathery leaves of the asparagus climber and thorny stems.

Challenges or observations:
The wet watercolour paper with the plant parts had been covered with transparent cellophane and weighed down, overnight with heavy books. The next day, weights were removed, cellophane  removed, placed in a clipboard with a backing and glass cover, and exposed to sunlight for 8 hours

Need to do more experiments with the strength of ground turmeric and various solvents. This process needs more experimentation and the rough watercolour paper is substituted with finer grain papers to see a variety of results and details.
 
Theme of hope:
  • Plants from my garden and from my walks in the country, like the area of Chartwell north, where I live,inspire inner peace and tranquillity.
  • Plants are living organisms with life cycles and connect with the human life cycle.
  • Their beauty and simplicity and connectivity to human  lives become a symbol of HOPE
Instagram: @Blu.is.my.world.m.b and @Magdal578
 

 
 

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!
 
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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.
 

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