As promised Eco Dyeing part 2 You will need: Selection of plant material Card or Watercolor Paper I used 140lb Acid Fee Old Ceramic wall tiles Rubber bands or string Steamer, mine came from charity shop White Vinegar.....you do not have to use this, experiment and see which you prefer. First of all I gathered my blossom
Offering from the Spring Garden
Gather Card, paper and cut to size required
I use two ceramic tiles 6 x 6 inch
as you can see these are old used ones
I dip my card or watercolor paper into white vinegar as I layer up
Begin layering up
Place first card onto tile
Laying out on card
Layout on paper
Side view of layers
Once I have all my layers on I place the other tile on top and secure with bands or you could use string
Then you are ready to steam
I use an old stainless steel steamer
The steamer lid will not fit over the tiles so I improvise by using an old Aluminum saucepan, just be careful when removing as steam escapes quickly ......I always turn off my cooker first and leave to cool.
Once your prints have cooled untie and wash any stubborn foliage off in water.... leave to dry.
A selection of prints on card that were steamed for 1 and a half hours
Daffodil, Grape Hyacinth and forget me not, you can see in this photo that some of the plant stuck fast! it has removed a little of the surface....but I like this as I feel it looks like an old plastered wall
This card was only steamed for 1 hour
I love the touch of Pink here from the Cherry Blossom
Cherry Blossom, Camellia petal and Rose shoot from a shop bouquet
Wild Geranium Herb Robert, Grape Hyacinth, Cherry Blossom and Poppy leaf
Wild Geranium Herb Robert and Spruce the dots of Blue are from the Grape Hyacinth
A few prints on Paper
I love the painterly quality of these prints
Cherry Blossom and Grape Hyacinth that has run.....gorgeous
Grape Hyacinth bells lose, touches of wild Geranium
I would like to say that I am only a beginner.....who is learning everyday, I have taught myself with the help of online tutorials and the kindness and patience of many facebook friends who are teachers in Eco Dyeing and Printing.
Last Summer I discovered the joy of Eco-Dyeing. I'm not really sure how it all began, one day I was dyeing with tea bags and the next Eco-dyeing. I started to make friends on facebook with lovely kind people who have become great friends, always so willing to offer support and advice. I bought India Flint's book
Then I started to experiment, at first I had no success but this only made me keener to achieve a print. There was a lot to learn about mordants, the word mordant means to bite. I learnt this was important.......I read and read as much as I could and everyday practiced, this was not difficult as Eco-dyeing is such a joy the excitement and anticipation of untying a bundle has to be experienced.
I started off like this
I soaked overnight in an old aluminium saucepan some cotton fabric......this was an old sheet cut up, the solution was white vinegar and water.
At this time I did not know printing on silk and wool gives better results :-)
Then I gathered together some small twigs
and leaves from the garden.
Then I started to roll out
Then secured with bands....at first I did not know that the better and tighter you secure your bundle the better contact to print.
Then I placed in my aluminum saucepan of onion skin dye, my wrapped bundles and boiled for 1 hour. I left to cool until the next day.
Here is a selection of prints from last summers experiments
Leaves on silk
These prints on cotton were boiled in an aluminum saucepan with a Rhubarb mordant
These are a selection of prints that I stitched into, I made 4 separate collages with them.
These are prints on card
I printed on gift tags
I used my prints on Rice paper to make a cover for a book
Water colour paper print with stitch and pressed flowers
Thanks for reading my blog post and give Eco-Dyeing a go it will bring such joy to your creative life.
Happy New Year everyone This is just a short post to say a quick hello I'm busy working on some new books at the moment and hope to bring you another "how to post" soon! The images here are from my work on "The Memories of Rosemarie Richter" I have been in a very reflective mood recently.........due I think to the start of another new year in my life. My Mother Rosemarie Richter is in her 87th year! It has not been an easy life partly because of her experiences of the war and because she has never had the ability to move on from those years. If I have learned anything from this........ it is we who choose whether we want to forget or keep feeding those issues, like a cancer that keeps growing until it is all consuming. Here are some images of her portrait I created them on Handmade Silk Paper. Hand stitched with sewing cotton! it was a wonderful lesson in tone and shade while stitching. They have a small amount of graphite on them. Thanks to all for supporting my new art page Interlaced-Textile Arts on Facebook.
Each stitch is with single thread cotton........the nearest I could get other than using real hair! That I will leave until another time.