Cyanotypes by the lake

“A certain blue enters your soul”

– Henri Matisse

Over the summer I’ve fallen in love with the colours at the lake. The blue of the water and the sky are sublime. I’ve never been much of a yellow kind of person, but the rich yellow ochre of the mud is changing my mind. The greens created by the blues and yellow ochre, along with the green leaves is such a lovely palette.

So I tried some cyanotype test strips, using found elements from the shore such as feather, bone and wood; making interesting shadows and partially submerging the paper in water as well as directly mark-making with the mud to create a range of tones.

I also collected some of the mud and back home made some yellow ochre paint from it to add to the cyanotypes along with white ink.

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