This is the second post about my ecoprinting / botanical printing journey throughout the year. During my journey I will share photos of my prints in order for you to see what works best at what time of year. Even in the depths of winter we can still achieve good results.
I will try different papers and mordants, dye blankets etc along the way.
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January – Boil 1. The Control – no mordant or leaf dip.
Pot – Rusty roasting tin
Water – Tap with vinegar, about 2 tablespoons to 2 litres of water.
Paper – Seawhites and Windsor & Newton cartridge paper, printer paper.
Mordant – none
Leaf dip – none
Plants – cranesbill geranium, rose, strawberry, bramble, fern, herb robert, spleenwort.
Cooking time – submerged and boiled 45 minutes , turned and boiled 45 minutes.
Observations -This is my control reference with no mordant or leaf dip.
Boil 2 – as boil 1 except:-
Leaf dip– copper sulphate 2%
Boil 3 – as boil 1 except :-
Mordant – Alum Acetate 2.5%
Leaf dip – copper sulphate 2%
Conclusion – Copper leaf dip gives brighter colours, more gold/ yellow/ brown prints. The fern that printed a light blue green and was totally unexpected. Spleenwort printed rust.