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Ecoprinting throughout the year – January, part 2.

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.

If you want to see the results for the rest of the year ( I will post each month) then sign up to my blog to get email notification of new posts or type “Ecoprinting throughout the year” into the search box. There will be other posts comparing plants at different times of the year for example, and a beginners step by step guide to ecoprinting on paper, my way.

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.

Images

Boil 2 – as boil 1 except:-

Leaf dip– copper sulphate 2%

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Boil 3 – as boil 1 except :-

Mordant – Alum Acetate 2.5%

Leaf dip – copper sulphate 2%

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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.

Comparison photo

Top left no mordant or leaf dip, top right no mordant and copper leaf dip. Bottom AA mordant and copper leaf dip.

Christmas Gifts In My Etsy Shop

Hello, I thought I should let everyone know that although the house renovations are taking a lot longer than expected and I’ve not been able to do much making I still have new stock going into my shop regularly as I kept some work back for pre Christmas listing on Etsy. It’s something I do every year as it saves me having a mad rush making stock in November and December.

Click on the images if you would like to see more information.

There are some gorgeous acer leaf pieces including ecoprinted silk scarves, this one is in gorgeous muted shades.

Ecoprint silk scarf

Also acer leaf prints on paper, both framed, or to frame yourself. I’m always conscious of the price of posting so I like to have some lightweight gifts available.

There are some smaller ceramic gift ideas as well including snowdrop hearts which are usually sold out at this time of year. I made twice as many last January and held some back for the run up to Christmas.

There are a couple of ceramic soap dishes left but I have some waiting for a glaze firing so hopefully I might get them done this week.

I need to get a raku firing done as well as my hanging leaves are selling fast.

Mackerel are still available and small fish too, but these sell out really quickly.

There are days I wish there were more hours, I’m still decorating and waiting for the kitchen and floors to be finished, hopefully the house will be finished for Christmas. Maybe Santa will find my oven and oak flooring on the container ship and bring me a surprise delivery soon 🙂

Have a great weekend.

Jill

Ecoprinted Silk Scarves – Working With The Seasons.

As you know, if you read my blog regularly a lot of what I do is seasonal. I like to use plant material in much of my work.

Autumn has sneakily crept up on me rather quickly this year, I have fallen behind with so much going on at home. Also it’s a bit of a paradox as I have been waiting patiently for the leaves to fall in order to get some bare tree photos to use in an artwork, but also I need to collect leaves before they are all gone.

If you read my last post about my walk in Dubbs Moss looking for inspiration here is the finished piece. I have another one to make inspired by another walk and a rather special (to me) tree so I can hang them as a pair.

On the other face of the paradox I am rushing about collecting leaves for ecoprinting before they are all gone.

I have managed to get some ecoprinted silk scarves made and into my shop before the Christmas rush.

Ecoprinted silk scarf

Hopefully the rain will stop soon and I can get out with my camera and get that bare tree photo to finish the diptich, and collect some fallen leaves along the way.

Enjoy your day.

What’s New From Kiln Fired Art?

We are still in the process of updating our house, unfortunately we don’t know when it will be finished as the oven and oak flooring are stuck on the high seas somewhere.

Making stock is pretty much on hold as I can barely get a foot in the studio but I am able to keep Flat Bottles UK up and running as I can access my kilns.

All of this has got me thinking that maybe shopping early for Christmas is probably wise. I will be looking for UK based handmade gifts that are in stock to avoid any complications.

I am adding stock to my shop as I had things made already but when it has gone my virtual shelves will be pretty empty. Unless I can get the studio up and running again, I do intend to have a raku firing soon as I had planned for it.

Here’s some of my latest additions to Kiln Fired Art on Etsy.

A shoal of small raku glazed fish, as well as larger ones like mackerel, or flat fish.

Other ceramic wall art includes raku leaves, and moon gazing hares and plant tiles.

There are botanical prints ready to frame, a few silk scarves and paper packs for crafting your own work of art.

Also recycled wine bottles which are always popular as gifts. There are bottle dishes and spoon rests which are going like hot cakes just now.

Hopefully I will be back in the the studio soon, I never thought back in June that things would take this long.

Last Minute Gifts From Kiln Fired Art

Looking for a last minute gift ? Here are some gift ideas that I have in my shop.

I can post directly to the recipient and if you want I can include a message for you too.

I can’t guarantee delivery in time for Christmas as this is out of my control but I will do all I can on my part.

Ten pounds and under.

Handmade gifts ÂŁ10 and under

Ten to twenty pounds.

Over twenty pounds.

I may decide to close my shop on Tuesday but you can always message me if there’s something you would like.

It’s been a busy week.

I’ve had quite a busy week with packing up orders every day. It’s been a bit dull so difficult to get photos to list new items to Kiln Fired Art on Etsy, but eventually I got there. I made a simple stand to photograph my ecoprinted scarves, what a difference that has made to sales. It just shows the importance of having good photos of your work.

The first 2 scarves are ecoprints on viscose, these are really large lightweight sarong sized scarves, so many ways to wear these and also very affordable too.

The peach ecoprinted scarf below is a heavier weight silk crepe scarf, it’s such a pretty colour.

I managed to get out for a walk in search of inspiration once the rain stopped, I found a lot of inspiration in the woods, forest bathing or shinrin yoku as the Japanese call it really lifted my spirits.

Today I am framing and photographing ecoprints, also making paper packs for crafters. I am wondering what my next ecoprint project will be as I want to bring them into my paintings in some way to give a sense of place, I’m thinking collage.

I would like to thank everyone who has watched the Youtube video of my little book, in a week it’s had over 1200 views and some amazing comments, I knew it was precious to me but I am overwhelmed so many people love it too.

Enjoy your Sunday and stay safe.

My Ecoprint 2020 Book Is Finished!

My little handmade book is finished. I’m really pleased how it turned out but sad that it’s now finished as I enjoyed making it so much. Sometimes I felt slightly uneasy at how much this project has meant to me, it certainly helped me focus on the small pleasures in life that made me happy in these strange times.

The book originally started as a few ecoprinted concertina pages but as I didn’t want to lose the end pages I decided to make signatures and have these as pull out pages. More pages were made, some with pockets. There was damage to the folds in places so tissue and metal leaf were used as a ‘sticking plaster’, I thought this kind of fitting.

I wanted to add some drawings of birds and mammals that had visited my garden, I was going to glue in my drawings but they didn’t look right, I scanned, printed on a laser printer then did an image transfer using Citrasolv to get a printed look. Once I worked out how to flip text using Open Office I added some words. We wrote some haiku one evening, I thought this would add another dimension to the book. I think the combination of haiku with the ecoprints is a beautiful thing, I will be doing more of these in future.

Photos were printed in black and white or desaturated colours, some were toned down with coffee. I included the rare special days like V. E. Day, when I baked my Gran’s wartime ginger cake recipe for our tea party in the garden. Also the one day we had drinks with friends, another happy memory to hang on to.

This photo collage shows some pictures of my little book’s journey.

Here’s my finished book, I hope you like it as much as I do.

Just as life isn’t perfect my book isn’t perfect but there is beauty in imperfection.

Botanical Prints – Holding On To Summer.

The swallows left last weekend and we had a ground frost yesterday. This week I decided to hold onto what’s left of summer, enjoying the odd sunny day in the garden collecting leaves to print as a constant reminder of sunny days.

Deciding to take my botanical prints onto another level I used some dyes along with the natural plant pigments and tannins from the leaves which produce the leaf prints.

Serendipity couldn’t have been kinder, I got some gorgeous colours, and even some yellow sunlight captured in a lot of  my prints, I wish I could say I planned this but I didn’t expect to get these gorgeous yellows, a constant ray of sunshine to hang on the wall.

Botanical art

Botanical art

Botanical art

Botanical artThese results were just perfect, expressing that particular day. I feel so connected to these prints, it’s the ritual of going out and looking at nature, picking, then layering up, printing and finally after what seems like a long wait unwrapping and seeing the results. It feels like capturing that moment in time. Consequently I could happily keep them all to myself but instead I will spread a little sunshine and just enjoy looking at them now while I mount them. There are quite a lot more botanical prints  to come, I’ve added some paper packs  for scrapbooking / journaling / card making to my shop too.

Soon I will get my head into Autumn mode, hopefully there will be a lot of good things to discover on my Autumn walks, it’s my favourite season. For now I will leave you with some scrummy botanical prints to enjoy.

These are individual prints with mounts  to fit a frame size 8 x 6 inches.

Botanical prints

These are framed, I did intend keeping these but I think I will add them to my shop so I will see if there’s a need to order more frames.

Ecoprint art

Some closeups, it’s hard to capture the detail and the colours when they are behind glass but I forgot to take photos I was so eager to see them framed.

Botanical artBotanical art

Art prints floralI hope you like them, I think I’m hooked on making these : )

 

It’s Time To Ecoprint

It’s that time of year when I have a little flurry of ecoprinting activity before the leaves fall.  As you will have read in my last post, like a squirrel building a dray I’m collecting leaves when I’m out and about, I’m also using what’s in my garden.

Ecoprints on paper just need framing upI do love this time of year, foraging gives me great pleasure and the fact I can capture the emotions I’ve had when I’m out somewhere (also memories) gives me a lasting connection to a place.

I’m saving the leaves from my walk last week to print some linen when it arrives, meanwhile  I’ve gathered leaves in the garden to print on paper.

The first batch of ecoprints were ok but not as good as I hoped for.

The next batch were made on a different paper, I didn’t use a mordant, just a rusty pan and some vinegar in my water. I love the results.

As I printed on both sides of the paper it’s difficult to decide which one I like best. Which do you like, A or B ?

Ecoprints on paper just need framing up

Ecoprints on paper just need framing upMy cotinus did a great job, this plant never ceases to amaze me, I’ve never had blue prints before, or yellow green. Most of the time it prints a dark colour, often purple. So far this year it hasn’t printed with much colour so I was delighted when I got this pretty blue.

Ecoprints on paper just need framing up
I shall be printing using mordants this week so watch this space 🙂

Ecoprints on paper just need framing up

Ecoprints on paper just need framing up
Here’s just a few of this weeks prints, they are gradually making their way into my shop.
Ecoprints on paper just need framing up

Ecoprints on paper just need framing up

Ecoprints on paper just need framing up

Back to work – back to a different kind of normality.

I’ve made the decision to open up my Etsy and Folksy shops again. At some point things have to start to return to ‘normal’ what ever that is now. Things will probably be this way for the foreseeable future  and we/ I have to get on with our lives at some point. I have to say planning  a trip to the Post Office gave me a sleepless night wondering what the best time and route are to avoid people, I could quite happily stay a recluse, I think a lot of us feel that way.

At the start of the year I made an action plan to take my business forward in 2020, listing everything I needed to make over the summer months to keep me stocked up until the following January. This plan has now gone to pot, like many creative people I have struggled with creativity and making at this time.

What I decided was just do a little bit when I felt up for it, for example I went to tidy the studio , looked at a bag of clay and made a few pieces, much nicer to do than tidy up. I walked around the garden saw the smoke bush had leaves so I did a bit of ecoprinting, and so on.

I have reopened my shop mainly with little gift ideas, like flat hanging leaves which can go in the post box and can be sent direct to a loved one to let them know you are thinking of them.
Hanging leaf Silk scarves, send to a friend, or Mum with a note from you included in the package.
leaf print silk scarf
I made some small fused glass light catchers, I used to make lots of these, they are made with recycled glass they are environmentally friendly . Another small gift that will go through the letterbox and put a smile on someones face.
glass lightcatchers

I have plans to make some small stitched pieces as well as some small artworks so hopefully they will make it into my shop before too long, I’m doing a little when I feel up for it and keeping it fun. There’s lots of raku fish and wall art leaves to list too but all in good time, I’m just going with the flow and easing in gradually for now.

Take care.