A botanical print, also known as a wet cyanotype. This type of image is made by the sun. A coated sheet of paper has leaves, flowers or part of a plant placed on it and is placed into a contact printing frame. It is then left in a sunny spot in the garden, or on a windowsill for a number of hours, before being taken out of the frame, the plant removed and then the print being washed.
A wet cyanotype of flowers from an English meadow. This image is made from various grasses, poppies and buttercups. The original image was created on a large (50x70cm) sheet of watercolouir paper. A wet cyanotype is an alternative process photographic print. It is a photograph, even though it doesn't use a camera. The paper is made sensitive to light and the vegetation is laid on it and then the whole thing is exposed to the sun for a number of hours.