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Printing on Paper and Cloth

The changing light of autumn is making me feel like I need to hurry… Soon the leaves will all be on the ground and blowing away, and I need to get outside and collect  a lot of them while I still can. There is a treasure trove of flora in the woods behind my house, so the other day I gathered several buckets full of leaves, geranium blooms, and a few pokeberries that the birds had left behind.

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After assembling the materials needed to print on watercolor paper and several scarves, the cloth was left to soak in an alum mordant solution.

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The watercolor paper was also soaked in the mordant, then leaves/flowers placed on the paper and stacked into bundles.

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Bundles ready to steam

Bundles ready to be steamed

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After steaming

After waiting, not so patiently till the paper cooled completely, the bundles yielded some beautiful images. Some very distinct, and some more ghostly…

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The same plants, rolled into cloth bundles and steamed produced some different results…

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Unwrapping a cloth bundle

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It’s another beautiful sunny day, so back outside to forage for more interesting plants…

Cheers!

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