"Forest Flora & Fauna" Poster and DIY Sunprint Souvenirs

"Forest Flora & Fauna" Poster and DIY Sunprint Souvenirs

Tess Wilson
Mar 31, 2011

I am in love with Sarah Edmond's beautiful ode to the boreal forest of Canada, Russia, and Scandinavia. I'd like to hang this poster in my home, but I'd also like to make a few similar prints in honor of my own (much humbler) local flora...

"Forest Flora & Fauna" by Sarah Edmonds features beautiful white silhouette of countless plants and animals native to the woods of the far north, surrounded by deep midnight blue, with fascinating facts about each one. Lovely! It is available through Twine.

Though the scale & richness would be reduced, of course, you could make vibrant blue Sunprints featuring the plants in your life. Perhaps a "Spring 2011" print, with the images of flowering branches and delicate spring ephemerals from your yard? Or a "Houseplants Make A Home" print, with the delicate outlines of a frond from each of my ferns?

I especially like the idea of using Sunprints to capture the plants and flowers present at special moments. If you receive a bouquet for your anniversary, you could choose a few representative blossoms to preserve forever in print. Or you could commemorate a gardener's birthday by plucking a few stems, so that they'll always remember what was in bloom that day.

Sunprints were created at the University of California, Berkeley, and I am super-nerdy about them. As a former photography student. I get so excited to show people (especially kids) how photography works, and this is a great way to do that, a simplified version of the cyanotype (anyone have potassium ferricyanide and ferric ammonium citrate on hand?). So fun! They are available at The Curiosity Shoppe (both online and at their Valencia location) for $6.

Images: Poster from Twine, Sunprints by The Light Garden via Ohdeeoh

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