Eco printing on fabric

The next step in my eco printing journey was to try printing on fabric. I collected some plant material from my garden

.

Laid it out on some cotton fabric.

.

Rolled it tightly around a piece of plastic pipe.

.

Then put it in the pot with my mordant solution.

.

After boiling for 45 minutes it was turned over and boiled for another 45 minutes.

.

I have to say I think I need a new mordant solution, this one was getting pretty yukky. It’s  just as well you can’t  smell it.

After rinsing off I hung it over the fence to dry.

.

I thought the results were a little disappointing, but after ironing some subtle marks revealed themselves.

I think it’s hard to get good contact between the foliage and the fabric in a roll.P1500429

P1500426

P1500425

P1500433

P1500432

P1500431This was the outside of the bundle, you can see the colours are different and you can clearly see where the string was. That’s something to remember in future.

P1500424

Next I tried some flat fabric layered up between two tiles as I would do for paper. It’s the same mordant, which is definitely past it’s best.

Some very subtle leaf shapes.

P1500418

You can just make out the fern frond.

P1500419

Rose leaf halo effect, I quite like this.

P1500420

The same rose leaves giving dark shapes on another piece in the same pot.

P1500422

I must get some new mordants and explore further, but now I’m thinking what can do with these pieces of fabric, ideas welcome?

About eganj1

Obsession making arts crafts, and all things creative
This entry was posted in Arts and Crafts, eco printing, kiln fired art and tagged . Bookmark the permalink.

3 Responses to Eco printing on fabric

  1. alysen55 says:

    What a simple?, straightforward process. I’m interested to see what your fresh mordant produces, though the subtle, almost jacquard effects are nice … Would they stay the same after a wash and dry with detergent? I think they’d make nice napkins or the base for embroidery designs. Oh, nice neighbors too!

  2. eganj1 says:

    Ha ha, I do love my neighbours. I will throw my fabric into the household wash. I have been contemplating what to do with the fabric and eco charcoal bags are on my mind. More later:)

  3. although not instantly recognisable, they are interesting. The picture of the outside of the bundle looks like a landscape!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.