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New Eco Printed Silk Scarves

I have been working busily to get my shop stocked with ecoprinted silk scarves before the leaves have gone.

I have some listed in my Etsy shop now, there are more to follow. My plan is to stock up  early for Christmas so I can spend more time with family in November and December.

These are the scarves that I have managed to list so far. There are a few more already printed and I plan to print another batch this coming week. I want to play more with blankets, to see what happens, watch this space.

Eco printed silk scarvesI got some lovely rose leaf and geranium prints, also some pretty light greens on this scarf.

Eco printed silk scarvesSuch a contrast with these strong bronze green and dark purple brown prints, you wouldn’t think these were processed together.

Eco printed silk scarvesA pretty scarf with delicate prints from geranium and onion skins.

Eco printed silk scarvesThe veins are prominent in these leaf prints.

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Mostly olive greens on this purple scarf.Eco printed silk scarvesThe cotinus leaf usually prints very dark but this time it’s almost a shadow leaf.

Eco printed silk scarvesI have saved my favourite until last, this one was printed with an iron blanket, the prints are well defined and the scarf has rusty speckles which I love.

Eco printed silk scarvesEven the fern fronds printed green, thay have always come out very pale in the past.

Eco printed silk scarvesHopefully I will be boiling more scarves this week, I have been collecting leaves around the village, I think everyone might think I’m crazy . 🙂

What are you planning on making this week?

Working with the seasons- new foliage.

I have been waiting eagerly for the leaves to come on the trees so I can do some printing.

We have been out walking most days during this amazing fine spell, the river is very low.

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River walkIt’s lovely to see all the wildflowers coming into bloom, but I don’t pick those.

Primroses.

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English bluebells.River walk

Cowslips.
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There were swans, ducks, geese and herons nesting on the pond. Also frog spawn and lots of small fish as well as an eel in the burn.

River walkThe lambs are growing fast
River walkDo you ever get the feeling you are being watched?  🙂

River walkI noticed the field maple and sycamore trees had small leaves and flowers so I picked a few to eco print.

UntitledThey worked quite well but I should have used heavier paper as I tore some of the sheets when they were wet so I will have to cut them down a bit.
UntitledI have blue bells in my garden so I tried the hammering technique to transfer the print but it just transferred a mushy mess, for now I will stick to boiling and steaming .

I am really enjoying working with the seasons but I think Spring is a time where it’s hard to keep up with all that’s bursting into life around me.

Framing up woes

Sometimes I think it would be easier to find a frame then make the art to go in it.

I finally got round to framing some eco prints with a nice oak veneer frame from the Range, they come with a 3 aperture mount.

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I have searched the internet to find a box frame for The Thread That Binds Us. To have an oak one custom made is really quite expensive so I put that idea out of my head and got a bare pine one from The Range, I looked to see what Ikea had but there wasn’t anything suitable.

The bare wood frame needed staining, fortunately I had a dark gel stain left from another project, having stained it up I tried it over my picture but it’s not quite right to me, I have a white frame that would be suitable but I’m not really sure that looks right, I still have a hankering for oak.

So I thought I’d ask your opinion, which do you prefer?

The stained one

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I also tried black but a box frame in black is too heavy looking.

The jury is still out on this, maybe grey would work, maybe I should keep looking but please let me know what you think, I need your input folks 🙂

Eco Printing Progress – Part 2

Following on from my last post about my adventure with eco printing I said I’d show some of my finished work, those that I found most pleasing are going into my Etsy shop. I have so many to mount it may take some time to finish and list them all.

These are the square ones , I’m still waiting for the mounts for the rectangular ones.

Some are dark and rich, others quite light and delicate but I would happily hang them all in my house if I had enough wall space.

I do need to get better photos for Etsy, when it’s not such a bright day.

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There’s a lot more to follow, and I have ideas for other mordants, and monoprinting and stitching on top, and there’s fabric to try too.

Maybe I should open another shop? 🙂