Friday, August 23, 2013


Along with having my first mentor meeting of the semester this week I got to have a look at the James Turrell exhibit at the Guggenheim. Despite large crowds I really enjoyed having some time to take in the light and color in his work. I especially enjoyed the way his prints are displayed to make them look like light installations also.

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Toned with tannin from a brewer's supply store.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

test prints and toning

5 different kinds of fabric. In each row the first one was washed in water before printing, the second was as-is, the third I sized with cornstarch. A few different experiments with the paper negatives (row 1 middle image, only half waxed; row 1 and 3 first image, negative sewn together out of two pieces of paper). And finally row 4 images 1 and 2 are my first toning experiments (bleached with borax, toned with tea). More toning will happen this week and then I will decide which fabric I like most, and which toning technique will work best.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

After several weeks of recovering, thinking, planning, ordering chemicals, waiting for chemicals to arrive, buying fabric samples, and sketching I was finally able to make some test prints today. I will experiment with toning these cyanotypes to get colors other than blue and then hopefully I'll be able to figure out a way to make them big.