Eco printing on paper

Having watched various Youtube videos on eco printing papers, I’ve been trying a different technique.  I soaked watercolour and mixed media papers in aluminium acetate and plant material in alum, though I forgot to do the plant material once and it didn’t seem to make any difference.  I secured the layers of paper between two round grids with G clamps, but quite loose.  I added a little vinegar to the boiling water and a good teaspoon Rit blue dye.  I am really pleased with the results.  Some of the pages I made into a book, some I used for cards and I still have plenty more sheets to do something with.   Plant material used :  leaves and shoots of walnut, continus, black elderberry, mountain ash, acer, St John’s wort shoots with flowers just opening and rose shoots with a red flower (the cover).  I also used some French marigold and anthemis tinctoria  flowers plus some autumn rose and continus leaves that had been in the freezer. View the Post

Eco printing using flowers

Having been on a day’s workshop at Hawkwood College with Babs Behan, on which we used flowers from the garden to print a silk scarf and being pleased withe results, I got rather carried away back home.  I mordanted silk with alum, cotton and linen with aluminium acetate which gives much better results on plant fibres.  Here are just a few of my results.  I sprayed everything with vinegar before rolling up and  all bundles were steamed. View the Post

Ice dyeing

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This is something I have been wanting to try for a long time and then I found an online workshop by Lynda Heines which gave me all the information I could possibly need.  The principle requirement is to use  mainly non-pure colours, because the whole idea of ice dyeing is to make the colours split in order to produce the wonderful pattern variations this method produces. View the Post