Green dye from Black Turtle Bean

Following on from the previous post about black bean dye – The next day, bicarbonate of soda was added to the Black Turtle Bean solar dye.  Colour changed to green and this colour transferred to the un-mordanted silk and cotton scraps. This test needs to be redone; the bicarb was added to the original dye…

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A print book

Time for this has been scarce recently, so I thought I should try to get another post in before 2014. Some of my eco prints on paper have been made into artists books.  This one is a ten-page ‘concertina’ book.  It is a little difficult to present these books; however, here is a scan of…

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Dyes on Paper

As the main purpose for starting solar dyeing with plants was to find more organic colours that I could use on paper, I record here some of my recent paper experiments.  This first one is on kozo (mulberry)  paper, and coloured by a pomegranite skin solar dye.  I squashed the folded paper into the jar,…

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Autumn colours eco print

I have been trying to catch the autumn leaves before they all blow away!   This post was started a few weeks ago, and I have published others before getting round to finishing this one. The leaves have been used for eco prints on paper and cloth. I have been using lots of different mordants…

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Autumn Leaves on Paper and Cloth

I had the opportunity to collect leaves from a friend’s garden. She has the most wonderful collection of shrubs and trees, all good candidates for natural printing.  I made three separate bundles using paper from three different pre-steam soaks. Pescia 300 gsm paper  was put in a brew of brown rain water and ivy branch…

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Cotinus Dye Journey

Dye Pre history: 29 January 2013 Solar dye created with Cotinus coggygria and a small iron nail. Added pink silk and white cotton bundles containing honesty seed pods, aquilegia seeds and lupin seed pods.  Cotton fabric on top held under water with a cotinus twig. 2 February 2013 Bundles removed, inspected, and the silk returned…

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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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