I really enjoy seeing the variations with plain paper, paper with binder, and paper with iron mordant. Thank you for your demonstrations!!!!
My pleasure! It’s one thing to be able to read about the differences, but I like actually showing them!
Do you unwrap all your works once they have dried up, not while they are wet?
I do both. When they are very wet, sometimes the paper is more fragile. When they are dry, sometimes the plant material sticks to the paper. So half dry is a good option.
in minute 3:50 of the video i see you put something in the pot but i don’t know what it is and i don’t understand why i have a hard time understanding english. What do you put in it?
Hi Edurne, I put in some old tea and tea leaves to create a dye bath. You can use anything you want, but I wanted to demonstrate making a dyebath from very simple home ingredients. Then I did add iron mordant later to darken the dye.
yes the sticky-ness!! happens to me too. I wondered also if it could be my wood which is not a very good one given it is a layered one ( maybe there’s somewhere glue in it..) or maybe because I hadn’t diluted my kefir – soy binder…. it’s kinda sticky stuff… 🙂
but I had non sticky stuff too – the iron ones – and gosh they were so lovely.
Loving the course Louise!
Some lovely results there. Very inspiring
Do you rinse your papers after dyeing Louise?
I only rinse them if any of the leaves stick, the water helps to get them off.
I had some good results with rose petals and leaves, pepper leaves, carnation flower, gypsophila and alstroemeria flowers. I used cow milk to prepare the binder and the starch I had used before with more iron solution. I had some tiles and they worked perfectly! Love the process!
Wonderful, thanks for sharing what you used! Yes, these booklets are so fun to make and unwrap, aren’t they?!
What kind of wood are you using for the blocks in the video?
Fabriano paper seems to be pretty popular for ecoprinting, but I’m guessing lots of other kinds work as well?
I have ecoprinted on hand made paper and that was beautiful…
These are just hardwood offcuts, any hard wood should be fine. Avoid any processed woods like MDF as they will fall apart in the dye bath. And you could use tiled instead.
Yes, you can try pretty much any type of paper. Results will vary, but this particular method is very forgiving. Sometimes I do it with different papers all layered together, it’s a great way to compare the different results on each.
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