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International Mixed Media Postcard Swap 2014/2015

 
If you have never participated in a postcard swap (or any swap) before, I would encourage you to to find a group and try one out. This will be my third time participating and I have received almost all cards from those committing to the events. The swaps not only get me motivated to experiment and play (which are my two favorite aspects of creativity), but I also receive delightful handmade items in the mail. This particular group that I participate with includes individuals from around the globe.

For this swap, I decided to slightly alter some test prints and cast-offs from a past series of mine, Insentient Portrait Series, 2011 (this series can be viewed on my previous blog post). I have a couple of definite favorites and I certainly hope that the recipients of the cards are pleased. Some cards have more work on them, whereas the others I felt “less is more”.

 

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I’d also like to share what my “workspace” looks like from time to time. It is temporary and ever-moving about the house. My family is very patient with me when I set it up. (Forgive the blank walls. We renovated this past summer and I just haven’t figured our arrangement quite yet.)

 

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Swap sponsered by — ShannonGanshorn — http://www.musingsonrealities.blogspot.ca/


Jellyfish

Video selection from my video installation, “Playing with Process”
 

 
 


Thaumatrope

Video selection from my video installation, “Playing with Process”
 

 
 


thaumatrope stills screen capture

 

 
 

From August through December, I worked on a semester-long project for an advanced Scultpture class that was to become a video installation that I felt was a success. I’ll share some footage from it soon. … Meanwhile, here is a video that didn’t make the cut, but it is one that I still enjoy.

 
 

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Printing Color Passes

Gum Bichromate printing is an alternative process that allows you to print as many or few colors as you prefer, using watercolor pigment.   Here are a few trial prints and how they look after each color pass.   Each pass consists of coating the paper with sensitized pigment solution, drying, contact print exposure under UV light, development, and drying.

 

 

“silhouetted posies”

Cyan Pass using Cyanotype & Yellow Pass
(with Gum Bichromate printing you can use Cyanotype for the Cyan Pass in lieu of a blue pigment)

silhouette Cyan Pass

silhouette yellow pass

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Magenta and Black Pass

(The Black Pass tends to stay very light. You can build any color up with multiple passes)

silhouette-magenta-pass

silhouette black pass

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Final Cyan Pass with Cyanotype
(In a smaller print the cyanotype responded nicely, these were 3″ x 4″.   The cyanotype can have a tendency to bead up on larger surfaces that have a lot of gum built up).

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“summertide”

This is a trial print in which I was working with curves and a different method for preparing my digital negatives in attempt to get more detail in the hair and face.

Cyan Pass using Cyanotype

Cyan Pass

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yellow Pass

Yellow Pass

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Magenta Pass

Magenta Pass

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Black Pass (The method I was trying did not work well on this seperation negative.   It did not block the highlights and muddied down the print).

Black Pass

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Final Cyan Pass (Cyanotype.   This is an example on how the Cyanotype may not work well on larger prints.   This is around 7″ x 11″ and you can see areas in which the cyanotype beaded up).    You will also be able to see that this method compared to the image below, can produce flat flat/dull results.   I have not tried to build the colors up with multiple passes … that may be the answer to producing a richer look.

Cyan x2 pass

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is the “summertide” print using gum for each layer, including the Cyan pass.   The exposure time was a lot higher as well.   While I find the rich quality to be absolutely gorgeous, I lose the detail because the pigment layers begin to block up.   In the mean time, I’ll continue to work to find a happy medium between the above print and this print.

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June 30 – Day 30

We made it!  My 8 yr. old daughter and I fulfilled our commitment to a 30 day photo-a-day challenge!  Some days were a lot more fun than others (when you are in the mood, you get a little more creative, perhaps?).

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June 24 – Day 24

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Here is our version of an I Spy Seek-And-Find:

• Ten Barbie Shoes
• Yahtzee!
• Chip
• Mama’s three little bunnies
• Hi

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