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Sugar Maple Cyanotype

$24.00
  • Sugar Maple Cyanotype
  • Sugar Maple Cyanotype
  • Sugar Maple Cyanotype
  • Sugar Maple Cyanotype

Ever since our friend Derrick visited mid-month bearing materials to make cyanotypes, I’ve been fascinated by the process. With the arrival of my own cyanotype chemicals late last week, I’ve dived into experimenting, with hopes of combining cyanotype and letterpress.

Today was my first try, and this is the result.

I picked some sugar maple leaves from the tree in front of my house, lay these on paper I’d painted a few days ago with the cyanotype chemicals, and set a pane of glass overtop. I left them in the midday sunshine of my front stoop for 20 minutes, then brought them inside and rinsed them in the kitchen sink, changing the water a few times, for about five minutes, and then lay them out to dry.

Back in the print shop, I set SUGAR MAPLE in 120 point Akzidenz Grotesk. A combination of impatience and wanting to try “printing damp,” which is a thing letterpress printers do, led me to print the cyanotype prints while they were, if not wet, at least soggy. The resulting impression is luscious compared to printing dry.

Cards are 6 inches by 4.5 inches, cyanotype overprinted in red ink with 120 point Akzidenz Grotesk on 140 lb (300 gsm) Winsor & Newton cold pressed watercolour paper.