I’m currently exploring the wonders of cyanotype printing. Until I can buy a new printer to make negatives, I started collecting wildflowers and herbs from our daily hikes and pressing them in my exposure frame.
It was the corn poppy in my yard that got me excited. The delicate folds of the flower in all of its glory made the perfect sun print. It looks like an x-ray! I carefully placed the poppy directly on the glass of my frame, followed by the paper, and 15 minutes in full sun, the print was ready for processing.
I can hardly wait for next spring when my big poppies bloom. Until then, I will be practicing my brushstrokes and experimenting with alternative styles like circles and wispy lines.