We've been in Albuquerque for a little over two weeks now. The adrenaline has worn off and I'm starting to feel nervous, homesick, and unsettled, even though I like it here. The other difficulty is that while we're staying with family, I don't have a dedicated place to work and make a mess.
I've posted earlier about Victorian cyanotypes, and decided that today was the perfect day to dig out my Sunprint Paper Kit because it was a low-maintenance project I could play with a little. I thought I'd post a tutorial here, since it's a little project with a lot of possibilities.
Chesney and I went for a walk through the neighborhood, and I gathered some interesting leaves and plants. You could also use flat objects like lace or black and white photo negatives.
Next, you want to remove a sheet of sunprint paper and make your arrangement. You need to work fairly quickly, even indoors, in order to avoid overexposing the paper. Place the acrylic sheet on top and expose in the sun for one to five minutes (in sunny Albuquerque it took about 30 seconds).
Then, remove the acrylic and arrangement, and rinse the paper in water for about one minute. A large baking pan is the perfect size. Remove the paper and dry flat.
I made a total of six prints in all today, which are still drying. I'll share the final results later and possible plans for what I'm going to do with them.