You’re My (Cyano)type

I love art and I’m always experimenting with new art processes and materials.  Recently I’ve gotten really into something called cyanotype printing.  It’s a really cool and unusual process that creates beautiful blue images.  Here are a few of the ocean-themed works that I’ve produced recently:

Okay so a bit about the process:

  1. Take an awesome photo (I love the water so it makes sense that most all of mine are water-related!).
  2. Import the photo into your computer and open it in photoshop.
  3. Convert the photo into an inverted black and white picture and print it on negative paper.
  4. Now you need paper that’s treated with cyanotype.  There’s a couple of ways to do this: you can either buy pre-treated paper online or you can treat the paper yourself.  I use untreated watercolor paper and coat the paper with the cyanotype mixture (a combination of ammonium iron and potassium ferricyanide).
  5. Make sure whichever paper you use does not come in contact with any sunlight until it’s ready to be exposed in the sun!
  6. Lay your negative on top of your paper and bring it outside into the sunshine to expose it.  Leave it outside for around 10 minutes.
  7. Bring the paper inside and rinse it off.  The goal is to wash off any unexposed cyanotype treatment.
  8. Let it dry and you have your print!

So it all sounds sort of simple right?  Well maybe not that simple..and it definitely takes a lot of trial and error!  I think I went through around 20 pieces of paper just to get four images that were coated and exposed correctly.  Even though it’s a time (and money!) consuming process, I love the results!

Because I love this process so much and the images that come out of it I’ve decided to sell some of my artwork!  Some of my prints are currently available at a local favorite, ESC Limited, in Bermuda.  ESC Limited has a home division called Escape with an amazing mixture of island inspired and trendy home goods.  I’m honored to have my work featured in such a great store.  If anyone wants to check out some of my cyanotype prints, they are located at ESC on 4 Mill Creek Road.

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Beautiful Bermuda

So last weekend I went home for a couple of days and I got lucky because the weather was so wonderful!  I took some time for myself and went exploring on the east end of the island.  I went to St. Georges and then went on a beach walk at one of my favorite places in St. Davids, Coopers Island.  I took my iPhone and the case that I have on it is a Hitcase.  The company comes with a lot of different lenses that you can attach so I decided to try out the really wide angle one!  Here’s a few photos to show just how truly beautiful and special Bermuda is!

Doodles for the Sea Contest & My Custom Doodle

So one of my favorite humans, Gabs Dormio (also known as the Instagram account Doodles for the Sea) is hosting a contest for an amazing cause. She is so talented and creates custom doodles on top of images, which are absolutely beautiful!

The contest is to win a Samsung Red WB1100F Camera.  The first 25 people to purchase a custom doodle for the low price of $10 will be entered to win the camera!  What’s even better is that all of the money gets donated to the Wildlife Conservation Society.  To enter, go to her website ChildoftheSea and purchase a custom doodle; just use the code CONTEST when you check out!  Hurry there aren’t that many spots left!  Good luck to anyone who enters (but not too much luck because I really want to win haha)!

Here’s the one she made for me, which is so rad.  I love this photo I think it shows how truly happy I am when I’m in the water and her drawing just made it so much better!

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Artsy Fartsy Art Major

Okay so I just started my last ever semester of college, which is crazy!! I can’t even believe it.  I have so many things going on this semester but something I’m so excited about is that I get to work on a Digital Art project for my final project for my Studio Art major.   The best thing about it is that it will be on exhibition for a week!  The piece will be an installation with projections of videos and sounds on the walls.

It’ll be based on the video piece that I made below.  It was so fun to film all the underwater footage and combine my love for the water with my love for Digital Art.

I’m so excited to continue working on it the next couple of months!  Stay tuned for the final product!

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Josh Bulriss Photography

So I just received an awesome package in the mail and I’m so excited.  It’s three beautiful photographs by the talented Josh Bulriss.  I discovered Josh on Instagram and  was immediately drawn to his work.  His photographs feature the beauty that the world has to offer.  The images are so elegant and peaceful, which also makes them perfect as a work of art in anyone’s home!

His next project is the Buddha Project (Asia Trip).  He leaves in February to journey across Asia (Thailand, Laos, Myanmar, Bali, & Sri Lanka) to search for and photograph ancient statues of Buddha.  He has set up a GoFundMe page to help pay for the expenses of the trip, which can be found here: GoFundMeforJosh.  Also the proceeds of any art sold now will be put towards the Buddha Project.  The end result will be a coffee table book, which I’m so excited to see!

To check out more of his work and learn more about his new project go to his website: http://www.joshbulriss.com.

Can’t wait to see more work to come!!