Sunday, February 12, 2012
Eco Prints on Paper II
Well, I'm off again, seeking new adventure on paper. My latest inspiration came to me while making spachetti sauce. I was sprinkling Italian Seasoning into the pot when I though "What if" I did something like this only prints? Not daunted by much, I set my sauce to simmer, got out some broken leaves and other plant materials, a ziplock bag and a rolling pin. I place the materials in the Ziplock bag and crushed them with the rolling pin. Then I place them in an empty shaker bottle. I set some printmaking paper to soak in a pot of alum mordant I had prepared for cloth, and gathered dried leaves, berries, some rusty wire from a burned automobile tire and my trusty rice cooker. After soaking my papers, I began so stack paper, leaves, sprinkles of plant material, etc. until I had a nice stack. I placed the stack in my rice cooker and added 3 cups of a fern root and bladder extract. I steamed for 1.5 hrs. and left in the pot covered overnight. The attached photos will show the final results. I was glad to discover that you could use more than watercolor paper to make prints.