next up Salmon

I don’t know why I was worried about mixing colors. I always had this idea that the water content in an anthotype emulsion would wash away an underlying color.

I started coating another sheet of Fabriano with onionskin and ran out of time before the solution got too ripe with bacteria. After about six coats I had to toss the old onionskin solution. Soon afterwards I got either stupid or courageous and decided to open a can of beets and apply the beet water to the paper.

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Voilà!  Salmon resulted and the layers didn’t really wash each other away. It’s like I’m learning how to make watercolors.

This does create some new possibilities and problems. I can go back and add a different color on top of an already finished anthotype and purposely put it out of registration (these are essentially photograms).

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  1. Good shit Francis. Re the mixing of colours and accidental water colour, have you ever thought about – or perhaps dabbled in – deliberately applying seperate juices to the substrate beforehand so that the end result has discernable areas applicable to the contact – in other words aiming for a kind of anthotypographic printmaking/photographic water colour? I have in mind an idea that is essentially water colour antho-pointillism (excuse the exceedingly pretentious terminology there) via dabbing a fine brush with different juices onto arches block…

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