This listing is for a handmade, one-of-a-kind piece of cyanotype art. It measures 11x14" and is made on 140lb watercolor paper. This unique artwork features 9 blue "swatches" and contained inside each one is a different spring flower. Alyssum, lily of the valley, cosmos, buttercup, hellebore, columbine, forget-me-not, nigella and bachelor's button, all grown in my spring garden. The plants were carefully pressed and arranged on specially coated paper and exposed in the sun to create this enchanting blue and white image. The plants appear in white/pale blue silhouette against a deep Prussian blue background, with visible brushstrokes at the edges for a painterly effect. No pressed flowers are attached to this artwork; they were merely used to create the silhouettes. Please view all listing photos for details and any "happy accidents" in the way of blue ghosting within the white portions of the image.
What is Cyanotype?
Cyanotype is an alternative photography process dating back to the 1800s. In my home studio, I mix two chemicals, potassium ferricyanide and ferric ammonium citrate, which I then paint onto paper with a brush for different visual effects. Once this emulsion has dried on the paper, I select and carefully arrange my pressed flowers and foliage into the desired design, and carry it outside on a sunny day. After several minutes in the sun, the image is adequately exposed, and I carry it back indoors to remove the plants and develop (wash) the print. Once the excess emulsion is washed away, and the final blue-and-white image is revealed, the artwork is hung to dry.
This process allows me to combine my love for botany, pressed flowers, and photography into an enchanting piece of art. I am so fascinated by the silhouette and shape of these pressed flowers, as well as the translucency of certain leaves and petals.
Care and display:
Cyanotypes can fade if placed in direct sunlight. Their blue color can regenerate if placed into a dark place. Avoid high humidity such as bathrooms or kitchens if possible. Alkaline (acid-free) environments can damage cyanotypes, so keep this in mind while framing.
This print ships in a cellophane sleeve with rigid backing in a rigid envelope. It is sold unframed.
3-5 business days
I'll do my best to meet these shipping estimates, but can't guarantee them. Actual delivery time will depend on the shipping method you choose.
Buyers are responsible for any customs and import taxes that may apply. I'm not responsible for delays due to customs.
Just contact me within: 3 days of delivery
Ship items back to me within: 14 days of delivery
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
Buyers are responsible for return shipping costs. If the item is not returned in its original condition, the buyer is responsible for any loss in value.
Every item in the shop features real plant material. The ferns, leaves, and flowers will retain their distinct shape and detail for as long as the piece is cared for (protected from moisture and bending). Depending on the plant or flower, varying degrees of color shift/fading will naturally occur over time. While this transition is beautiful and is inherent in the organic nature of my work , if you would like to delay it, take care to keep your item(s) from direct sunlight. High exposure to UV light will hasten the fading or browning of flowers and leaves.
Ideally, you would display your wall hanging away from direct or strong sunlight, not directly in or in front of a window. If you choose to display it in this way, understand that natural fading will be greatly accelerated. Your plants and flowers will maintain their beautiful and unique shape, but color will quickly fade.
In most cases, yes! I am able to receive fresh wedding bouquets and preserve the flowers to create a keepsake from your special day. There are several product options available; please contact me in advance of your wedding to discuss details, options, and to secure your date (availability is limited). At this time, I am unable to work with previously dried (but not pressed) bouquets, as they are extremely brittle and will not work with my process.
No; at this time, my work is available primarily through my own retail Etsy shop.