Wednesday, November 8, 2017

More Eco Printing

I've been doing a lot of eco printing knowing that the end is in sight with leaves rapidly falling from the trees, it's been great fun. I first tried it at Fiber Junkies but found I can do it at home on a smaller scale. I use a designated smaller pot (16 quart) and work in my kitchen as all I'm using is water and white vinegar.
 When I'm with Fiber Junkies, I get caught up in all the enthusiasm and don't pay attention to what's happening...just want results...but working on my own allows me to document more carefully the papers, leaves and other effects. I have a list of leaves that work from an eco printing workshop but decided to add others to the mix. The paper above shows the top leaf printed and the bottom 2 real leaves not yet removed...a really good print. I also laid yellow tissue paper on top so the color would bleed onto the watercolor paper.
 I love the way the ferns in my garden printed...not only was it a good print but imparted a lovely green color to the paper.
 Here is a mix of different Maples, Eucalyptus, Red Bud and Oak Leaf Hydrangea.
 I really paid attention to the different paper I used and made samples along with the larger prints. I used an inexpensive water color paper from Michaels....printed well but not enough texture.
 I also used a Stonehenge and Arches watercolor paper which both worked really well. The Arches was a cold press paper which provided a nice pebbly texture and is my favorite look.
 My son also gave me his deckled ruler so I was able to finish each edge (and it was very easy and quick to do). I'll go back and use a wood burning tool to char the edges a bit.
Another fern which I love...the edges have naturally colored from the process. I just saw a video on using teabags in art and am thinking that might be fun to try and incorporate with eco printing.
I am linked to Off the Wall Friday and Whoop Whoop Friday.

10 comments:

  1. WOW! These are beautiful!!!!! I love them...can you write overtop of the leaves?

    And p.s. I love your tennis shoes! HA HA HA

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    1. Yes, you can write on top of the printed leaves...and the tennis shoes...they keep trying to get in the act...finally succeeded and I forgot to crop them out!

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  2. These are wonderful. Hope you bring some to Mountain Quilters so we can see them in person.

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    1. Thanks Kathie...already packed and on the pile of stuff to go tomorrow....so looking forward to it.

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  3. These are beautiful prints, love the ferns!

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  4. I'm so glad I finally talked this group into pursuing my long time interest in eco-printing......your pieces are fabulous!!

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  5. the ferns do print well. They all are delicate and vintage in feel to me. The last print is so lovely, i keeper.
    Tea stain might replace burnt edging adding to the look of age. lovely work!

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  6. I have never been able to get those deep colors with my ecoprints. but I have also never used vinegar. Do you steam your pieces with the vinegar/water mix? I generally work with fabrics.

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  7. So very lovely. And I DO like those deckle edges. Didn't know there was a ruler to help make them.

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