Mushroom Powder & Anthotype

Continuing on regarding my series of anthotype posts, I’ve decided to call it, “done” with the exposures of the Larch Bolete and Parasols prints. Here in this post you can see my final results.

It’s being really amazing to make these prints from the juices of the same mushroom that make up the image.  The completion of the process  and the original idea I must say is really satisfying. But I don’t believe it’s over there are plenty of anthotypes to be made with mushrooms. The subject in this area has only being touched upon. There are for certain plenty of different methods to extract a tincture from mushrooms, whether with alcohol, cooking or even with a powder method.

In this post I’ll also explain the powder method first only for cooking while it could also be used for making anthotypes too – I guess. You’d need to try it though.

Anthotype Mushroom Prints

Both papers were made on 31st of August 2019. Then contacted printed for 24 days in direct sunlight on Fabriano Artistico paper

Larch Bolete Anthotype
Larch Bolete Anthotype

Foraging Adventures 

The season isn’t over just yet, even though the Porcini and Chanterelles have pretty much left us. There are plenty of fungus goodness to be had.

Sarcodon Imbricatus, Cortinarius Varius, Saffron Milkcap
Sarcodon Imbricatus, Cortinarius Varius, Saffron Milkcap

Shingled Hedgehog – Sarcodon Imbricatus

The Shingled Hedgehog – Sarcodon Imbricatus.  I’ve decided to make this mushroom into powder from, while Contrary Webcap – Cortinarius Varius is to be fried in olive oil and of course eaten. The saffron milkcap was unfortunately too wormy.

Shingled Hedgehog
Shingled Hedgehog

Making Mushroom Powder

To make mushroom powder is quite easy do. You simple cut up the tops into small pieces while discarding the stem.

  • Place the pieces on some oven paper and place in the oven at 80 degree C. Leave the door open just a centimetre using a wooden spoon to keep the door a jarred.
  • After 2-3 hours the mushrooms should be dry enough. You can also let them dry naturally in a warm dry place over a few days or in the sun too.
  • Once the pieces are completely dried out. Grind the pieces into a powder and store in a glass jar.
  • The powder can be used to make soups and sauces. (Maybe anthotypes too who knows…)

Contrary Webcap – Cortinarius Varius

The purple gilled webcap I can report may not be suitable for a mushroom Anthotype at the moment. However it is very suitable for the dinner table. I would suggest frying well like you’d do with Porcini.

Contrary Webcap
Contrary Webcap

I would imagine them working very well with some good pasta. The tops do need to be cleared of the gooey stuff by wipe it off with a paper towel. As its a bit bitter. All in all it’s quite a yummy shroom.

The spore print which I didn’t get enough time to do one would be reddish-brown.

That’s it for the moment. Let me know how you enjoyed the prints above.


Some Extras


Mushroom are more than you realise. If you only saw the leaves and flowers of plants and tree this is how mushroom are. The mushroom are the fruit of a whole underground system. They work together with trees to help the growth and while other species assist in removal of decaying wood. Each mushroom has its purpose and use.

Wool, Leather and Paper

In the early 1970’s Miriam Rice, a fibre arts teacher from Mendocino, California, discovered that many species of wild mushrooms were a source of pigments or colours. These pigments could be extracted fairly easily in hot water and used to dye natural fibres, especially wool. Rice also made papers too. If you are interested in making your own leather check out this link


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