Solar dyeing – Hypericum

For one of my first solar dyeing experiments, I used St Johns Wort, Hypericum, from the garden. My plant is one of the many varieties of Hypericum. On 6 January I placed the buds, leaves and flowers separately in three glass jars, filled with tap water (Oxford bore) and placed a weight on the top to…

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(Mis)Adventures in Eco Print 3

At last I seem to be getting somewhere with this colour transfer… For this experiment I decided to try some other plants from the garden. I noticed that a hydrangea leaf when soaked in hot water even for a short time produced a lovely yellow. I collected some poplar leaves and small branches as the…

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(Mis)Adventures in Eucalyptus Eco Printing (2)

Testing eucalyptus on silk and cotton again. Last week I collected some more dried, fallen, eucalyptus leaves from the same tree as before.  You can see what beautiful colours these dried leaves have.  The green leaf on the left by the twig was a fresh leaf blown down by the recent north-west gales.  These leaves…

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(Mis)Adventures with Eucalyptus eco prints

Plunging in with eucalyptus and silk. In early December 2012, I started to try using eucaplytus leaves on silk and cotton fabric.  I went down the road to where a gum tree planted by Mrs White in the late 19th century towers above all other trees.  I collected dried, fallen leaves and fresh-when-cut leaves; see…

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Hapa-zome on paper

Hapa-zome  is a Japanese word meaning ‘leaf dye’ and was given to a technique for transferring plant image and colour on to fabric by beating the colour into the material by India Flint (as mentioned in Eco Colour).  Here I have tried it directly into my workbook (acid free 110 gsm cartridge paper).  The plant…

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Plant prints on paper

As it is 1st January 2013, and I am having a ‘holiday’ today, thought I would start the year with a post. These are some of my recent experiments on printing plant images and colours on paper (360 gsm watercolour paper). I used diluted vinegar and a few pieces of rusty iron and layered plants…

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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…

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