A Daily Blog on Textile and Garden Adventures

16. Sep, 2020

copper and white vinegar to make copper sulphate mordant. Rusty nails and white vinegar to make ferrous sulphate, aluminium chocolate papers and white vinegar to make aluminium sulphate, red cabbage and methylated spirits to make a ph tester. Now I just have to wait. Very safe way to make these mordants

15. Sep, 2020

The leaves are budding on the trees so soon I will be back to ecodying with my favourite leaves and because I am working with India Flint she teaches us to make our own mordants. Here are some chocolate papers from a box I was given at Christmas. I have peeled off the thin aluminium papers and add in a bottle with white vinegar and wait for the aluminium sulphate to occur. I am also making ferrous sulphate and copper sulphate using rusty nails and copper wire. We will see where this leads

14. Sep, 2020

I was a bit disappointed with this print on silk but I learnt a lot in the process. Fina scalpel marks that designated the texture on the shell did not print. I think this is because after cutting out you apply two thin coats of acrylic varnish so that the ink can be wiped off the surface after inking up. I think I applied the varnish too thickly and this covered the fine scalpel line meaning the ink did not sit in the cuts well enough to print. Even some of the cut lines are not as clearly defined as I would have liked so maybe I also cleared away too much surface ink from the intaglio process. Still not a bad attempt first up. Unfortunately because it was a workshop I didn't have time to try a second print. I do not have a press but I did acquire an old hand operated wringer washing machine wringer so maybe i will have to set that up and have a go at a reprint with that. I need to get some acrylic varnish so I can have a go at printing the fantail too.

13. Sep, 2020

I had a fascinating day doing collagraph workshop with Gemma Reid. I discovered there are two sorts of collagraph - relief and intaglio. Relief Prints can be obtained from something as fine as onion skins and the intaglio method uses mount board (or even cereal boxes) where you carve the design into the surface with a scalpel and then lift off the top layers of card. The deeper the cuts the darker the imprint. Here is my design of a fantail. It has been cut but has not been inked or printed as yet. The prints will not all be the same but then a limited edition run of prints often has subtle variations also. Gemma has recently returned to New Zealand after 20 years overseas and is an extremely talented printmaker

11. Sep, 2020

I am really glad I persevered with this exercise because this species did not give up its dye easily. I had to rest it overnight and boild again and rest again to get the samples above. What I have learnt from this is that the gum eco prints that I had been so disappointed with are probably the result of not steaming long enough and opening the bundle too quickly. that will be something to think about and try going forward