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Springtime in Blue

Spring is in full force where I live! Warm days bookended by cool mornings and nights, sunshine, and growth exploding everywhere. The redbud tree in my backyard went from blossom to tender new leaves in a matter of days, signaling to some hidden part of me that it was time to start making cyanotypes again.

What can I say, I’m a sucker for heart shaped things.

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Some of my favorite weeds are popping up again, having taken a break during the winter (although really it feels like it’s always weeds season in Texas, just like it’s always allergy season in some way). Seeing them again half-hiding in the grass was instant inspiration. I had to coat a load of fresh paper, and then after my initial flurry of photo-gramming I was surprised to realize that I already needed more.

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There’s plenty of sunshine most of the year here, but I don’t seem to be as motivated to make cyanotypes when it’s cold outside. I also don’t seem to be motivated to make cyanotypes that involve a part of my body (like my hand) until it’s at least 102 degrees outside. Nobody said motivation was supposed to make sense.

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Wildflowers are starting to show their happy faces all over the place. Dandelions in my backyard. (And front yard).

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Buttercups near the reservoir where I go for a run. The other day when I went to check the mail I found some lovely purple flowers growing next to the road.

And, of course, bluebonnets, which are not for picking but can be kinda sorta recreated.

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I’m thinking I would like to try wet cyan. I’m thinking about some plants in my neighborhood that I would like to harvest for the sake of a few prints. I’m considering playing with fabric sometime soon. Here’s wishing you a springtime that inspires you every day!