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.
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.
You can just make out the fern frond.
Rose leaf halo effect, I quite like this.
The same rose leaves giving dark shapes on another piece in the same pot.
I must get some new mordants and explore further, but now I’m thinking what can do with these pieces of fabric, ideas welcome?