Intro to Cotton

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Intro to Cotton

This module of Living Colour introduces you to eco-printing on cotton and other plant-based fibres. It’s suitable for complete beginners, or for anyone who struggles to get good results on cotton. You’ll be carefully guided through each step of the process through videos, written notes and photos.

You will have ongoing access to all the lessons and videos for as long as the course exists. So if you want to come back to it later, no worries!

This course is offered with variable pricing levels – read more here, then choose a price with your heart, based on your circumstances and the value of the course to you.

Please note that all prices are in Australian Dollars. If you live outside Australia, head here to convert them into your currency before you decide which level to go with.

Pricing Levels

Seed: If you are full of potential like a seed, but needing lots of support right now, join at the Seed Level and let this community nourish you.

Sapling: If you are feeling a little more established, consider joining at the Sapling Level. Your support helps keep the variable pricing model sustainable.

Tree: Trees give us so much – clean air, shade, beauty. Thanks for giving generously and joining at the Tree Level. This is my usual price for a course of this length.

Forest: A forest is a living, interconnected organism. If you are able to join at the Forest Level, you’ll be supporting this whole community to flourish.


  • Welcome
  • Eco-printing supplies
  • Making mordants
  • Choosing and gathering leaves
  • Preparing leaves
  • Choosing plant-based fabric and clothing
  • Scouring plant-based fabric and clothing
  • Mordanting cotton with iron
  • Doing test prints
  • Basic rolling and bundling technique: tank top
  • Cooking eco-print bundles
  • Rolling a piece of fabric
  • Rolling garments with sleeves
  • Combining alum and iron mordants
  • Aftercare: washing, drying and wearing
  • Eco-printing over failed or faded prints
  • A final blessing

Course Features

  • Lectures 17
  • Quizzes 0
  • Students 16
  • Assessments Yes
Hi, I am the artist and maker behind Gumnut Magic. I love sharing my techniques and tips for getting beautiful, clear eco-prints on cotton, wool and paper. Eco-printing is a practise that has given me so much: A way to connect with the land around me. A way to be creative that is earth-friendly and sustainable. And the deep bliss and magic of unwrapping each fabric bundle to reveal the colours and textures left by those particular leaves. I really enjoy introducing people to this magic through my ebooks and ecourses. You can see more of my work at