It is rather nice to play around with pretty things – lace, flowers, leaves etc. Sometimes (maybe a lot of the time) I think that my works in progress look much nicer than the final outcome. There is a lot of serendipity in the cyanotype process – what works one day, may not work the next. Part of the reason though was to try out some new paper, Garza Engraving 180gsm. The cyanotype worked quite well on it – although it didn’t appear to be as robust as the Arches or Fabriano paper that I usually use when it came to washing out the cyanotype solution. However, it is a lighter paper than what I usually use, so that may also be a factor. Still, a nice paper with a pleasant textured surface and the cyanotype did produce a nice deep blue on it.
The paper came with a small printing press which is something I am very happy to have in my studio. At this stage I am not sure whether printmaking will just be a diversion from cyanotype, or whether I will have some luck at combining the two. One of the problems with being a mixed media artist is that I never quite know what to do next!