Monday, July 29, 2013

Turning Over a few Leaves!

The first set of pages finally dried enough to turn over.  Here is the second set of 24 pages.  I think this little book is gong to be very special.

Leafing Through the Woods!

I am working on a 48 page book of eco prints, and this is the first 24 pages plus 2 end cap prints.  This was cooked in a copper-rich bath that I have used about 5 times.  It only keeps getting better.  This bath gave me some lovely blues and greens as well as the usual browns tans, chartreuse and black/greys.  I can't wait until they dry enough to turn them over and see the reverse images.  I will post them as soon as I am able.

Punch it up a little!

Here are a few photos of a new technique I tried from a "What if...".  I was thinking about finding new ways to make marks, and especially to carry a theme through my work.  I got the idea to punch out shapes from onion skins with a paper punch and add them to the pages I was preparing to Eco print.  Some very interesting things happened.  I added Callistemon leaves because I knew they contained a lot of tannins, and I added iron threads from old steel belted radial tires;  the prints show the bleed through of these elements and how they affected the prints on paper.  This is on 140# watercolor paper, cooked for 1 hr and allowed to cool overnight before opening.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Doing the Happy Dance!!!

I have really been busy with the prints on paper, but I have discovered the wonders of using copper scrap in the dye bath, and this latest batch of prints are spectacular!  I left them in the dye bath overnight to cool, and when I opened them in the morning, I was overjoyed with the results.  There are many kinds of leaves used, Bauhinia (Orchid Tree) Callistemon (Red Bottlebrush), Eucalyptus, Liquidambar (Sweet Gum), Red Passion Flower, Hibiscus acetifolia, Boston Fern, yellow onion skins,  Tabebuia, Trident maple (Acer, variety unknown), and in addition, I used a few wire threads from old steel belted radial tires I found on the highway.  I used 90 lb. watercolor paper by Strathmore, 12 sheets in a stack between 2 ceramic tiles.  All bound together with natural rubber bands and boiled in a 30 qt. aluminum tamale steamer with 3 copper roof tiles from my daughter's house for one hour and then left to cool overnight.  I am attaching some photos, but with this new system, I hope the prints are large enough for you to see the beautiful pastel subtleties in the prints.  I would encourage everyone to try printing on paper, if nothing else, you will learn something about what colors individual plants can give, fresh or dried.