Anthotypes for Beginners

Some things you should know before you begin

  1.  Anthotype can’t be made permanent. there is no way to fix them. They will fade over time.
  2. Not all flowers or plant can be used as Anthotype. In fact you check if the plant you wish to isn’t poisonous.



I explain how to begin making your very own Anthotype prints in this video. I will explain and show examples of my works and others from CUNY. There are examples using beetroot, blackberries and even mushrooms to make your very own alternative photography prints using this process called Anthotype. There is even an Anthotype world day held every August each year!

CUNY Art Course

Piano Music in this video by Inga Green

Books on Anthotypes can be found on Amazon


Preparing your Prints

Foam brushes or hake brush and use any art paper for this process

Exposing your prints

If you living a small apartment without a garden you can always using a windows. Another alternative I’ve heard recently was to use your car windows if you park outside and not in an garage Finding Plants Storing for later Demo How-to make a negative Photograms Advanced Mushroom    

Borax and Baking Soda

Borax also called sodium tetraborate decahydrate (known in german as Natriumtetraborat),can be used to enhance your images  


Blackberry Anthotype printing is easy you just need a small punnet of berries. My berries were already getting a bit soft and losing their flavour, so they seemed to be the perfect candidate to try out an Anthotype print!

Follow the instructions to make a Blackberry Anthotype

Prepare a space with some newspapers, this will be a bit messy but a lot of fun!

Use a cloth to squeeze out juice from the berries ensuring no seeds or residue is in the solution.

Add a half a cap full of alcohol to the blackberry juice and place the solution in a tray large enough for the paper you wish to use.

Soak the paper in the emulsion for at least 20 minutes or more, until the paper has changed colour.

Let the paper dry completely in a dark place.

Mount in contact frame or a picture frame with some negatives and leave them in direct sun light for a day or two.



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