A Daily Blog on Textile and Garden Adventures

23. Jan, 2021

This exercise is really about layering. The dark blue is acrylic paint and the rest of the background is watercolour. The plants are ink and polychroma pencils. The ivy from the fist page flows over into the second concertina and a purple flowering bromeliad with varigated leaves disappears off this page to the next. I have been quite surprised how the polychromas almost cover the background washes. I think I will come back and add some text on the pages at a later date

21. Jan, 2021

The floss flower is one of the examples that really shows the difference in the seasonal time. I have only recently started documenting the Vietnamese mint (on the right). This plant has a dark purplish midrib with greenish outsides to the leaves so it is interesting how it prints.

20. Jan, 2021

Purple laurapetulum (right) and Flowering Cherry leaves Left on cotton. The laurapetulum continues to give quite good prints in pink shades but the flowering cherry is quite a pale yellow. Soon the prints will get a golden colour as the Autumn comes on. I wonder if the changes in tannin are more pronounced in deciduous trees than those (like the laurepetulum) that are evergreen. I am finding I use more deciduous trees for eco printing with the exception of eucalyptus.

19. Jan, 2021

It is mid summer here and the sample prints seem to echo the heat of the Summer. The colours are less intense. I can hardly wait for the brighter prints of Autumn. I have been doing the prints now for almost a year with the exception of a couple of months over winter when there are no deciduous leaves to print. The samples above are cotinus and Acacia.

18. Jan, 2021

The columns indicate the fabric. Wool, silk (protein fibres) linen, cotton (cellulose fibres). The top row shows the original fabrics and the second row ishows them after dying in the cinera dyepot. I boiled the leaves for 45 minutes, removed the leaves, added the fabric samples and simmered the fabric for 45 minutes. The spots are where I must have had some iron on the bench or the paper towel the samples were drying on has allowed some iton leaks to occurr. The thrid row shows an after dyed dip in aluminium potion. The next row has an after dip in home made iron potion the bottom row on the left hand page is with an after dye dip of copper potion and the row on the right is an after dye dip using ferrous suplhate solution. I did think that the iron and ferrous sulphate would have been much more similar but the ferrous sulphate is obviously more controlled and weaker than the home made rusty nails and white vinegar potion. I am wondering what the eco prints would be like with the iron blanket and I have just noted on an online video that paper towel is not a recommended iron blanket for cotton fabrics which is interesting as that has been my primary blanket while doing the month by month samples. maybe i will try and do som using water colour paper or a transfer fabric.