In lieu of what happened last time (previous post), I decided to try different shingles to see if the black on the print might have had something to do with the shingles. I went to Home Depot and bought a bundle, brought them home and dove in.
I also wanted to try some handmade paper to print on.
I used Kilimanjaro 130 llb watercolor paper from Cheap Joes (their store brand) and it works very well. The paper runs 22" x 30" with 2 deckled edges. I use a deckle edge ruler to do all 4 edges. It's a little more work but looks nice. Sometimes (like one above on right), I also burn the edge with a woodburning tool.
If you can find large leaf Eucalyptus, go for it...by far the best for printing. All I've been able to get lately is the small leaf.
Here's what's so fun about using a heavier paper, the mirror ghost image. You get the one image that has direct contact with the leaf (right) and the back side of the neighboring paper with a mirror image. Sometimes both sides of the same paper are good and a hard decision as to which side to use.
The leaves on the left are Sumac...we have none on our property but some along a little country road near us...so my husband drives, I jump out of the car and clip, clip real fast and hop back in...Sumac prints really well.
and above, overprints which I think turned out fine....and nice to be able to save a card.