Friday, 13 September 2013


Recently at one of our Marches Book Arts Group meeting I was introduced to cyanotype, a photo printing process that produces a cyan blue print. I very quickly decided (as I hadn't prepared anything!) to use easily available plants and I exposed the light sensitive paper between pieces of perspex using the plants as the printed objects.  I firstly used the beautiful Mountain Knapweed plant as I am always fascinated by the shapes that its structure makes.  We were fortunate that it was a very sunny day and the prints took very well:

My second try was with this Ivy leaf which came out equally beautiful:

Back in the studio I have started drawing and painting in my sketchbooks to use the plant forms as inspiration for new prints:


Elizabeth Banfield said...

These look very inspiring Jacqui, I like the shapes and shadows the leaves make. I look forward to seeing the prints.

sukiartist said...

Very interesting - something that is on my list to explore in the future - look forward to seeing the prints that you develop from them

acornmoon said...

This is such an interesting process and your results are lovely.

Jacqui Dodds said...

Elizabeth - thank you the shapes are very inspiring, I love working with the structure of them - trying different things out.

Jacqui Dodds said...

Yes it's a great technique and I was really lucky it worked well straight away, will be trying out more.

Jacqui Dodds said...

Thank you - I think it is a combination of the colours and the structure of the plants that I was working with.

Jane George said...

these are stunning! xxx lovely to find you, hi from another Uk based artist xxx

Jacqui Dodds said...

Thank you Jane and hi to you too :-)