Both Maggi and Robbie asked a very good question when they commented on my last post. I had to think long and hard about that one! I knew there was a very good reason why I wanted to learn the technique.
The reason it is different is that the piece of fabric I transfer the image to is not limited to the size of the printer I use. I could use this technique to print a 6 foot x 6 foot, whole cloth quilt if I wanted too! That size sticks me as a nightmare to quilt but I think it makes the point.
On another topic, this week I tried my hand at cyanoprinting! Now how much fun is that? The reason I had to try it was, one of our students at school is doing photography as her major research project for Year 12 Chemistry Class. Due to time contrastants I prepared the fabric with the light sensitive chemicals (I'm the lab Technician, so it's my job! how sad) for her. Unfortunately, she was away from school on Friday and the fabric had to be used! So I used it!
This is the same feather I used with the Orange Power. I printed it onto acetate sheet and then laid it onto the sensitized fabric, place a sheet of glass over the the top and put the whole lot under a UV light for an hour!
The prints aren't perfect but it is a start! The photo above is of the Derwent Estuary. I took that was is photo a few weeks ago, when we went for a cruise down the river on a friends boat! In the process of preparing it to use I learnt something new about Photoshop! "ctrl i" turns a positive image into a negative image. Just what I needed! Yeah!
This is the very first one I did - I learnt a lot from it! The choice of subject was not quite right. There was not enough contrast at the bottom of the image. That smudge just to the left of the tree was on the glass plate (use a clean plate!)
This one is my favourite so far. I cut a few bits off a tree fern and I left them under the UV light for about 2 hours! The blue is just so intense!
Here it is being auditioned with some of the oranges from my stash.
I'd love to hear what you think!