Botanical Pigments

Exploring pigments from plants… ephemeral colours, like the blooms or leaves themselves.

Have attempted to transfer plant colours to paper.  The paper I used was acid free Fabriano Artistico, 300 gsm, as well as other types of paper.  The orange gazania petals made no impression, but the small pansies, the snapdragons, the black nemophila, and the elderberry leaf all left a mark of colour behind. Of course the rust worked, as did the onion skins, the black mould on the runner bean pod and the coffee… Here below are some of the results:

Here is another page of colour taken from red snapdragon and  blue pansy flowers and a lemon balm leaf along with other unrecorded plants.  The paper here was the inside of the cover of a pad of Bockingford acid and lignin free 300 gsm paper, so this cover sheet it may be acid free as well?

Snapdragon, pansies, lemon balm