This post is about different pots and how new versus used equipment gives different results, as well as continuing my ecoprinting throughout the year theme.
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Pot – Rusty roasting tin, and also a new roasting tin. Also new tile supports as well as used tiles.
Water – Tap water with vinegar.
Paper – Cartridge paper, mixed media paper, watercolour paper.
Mordant – alum acetate
Leaf dip – rust water
Plants – Cranesbill geranium, red elderberry, herb robert, cow parsley, red ligularia, astilbe, beech and rowan leaves.
Cooking time – 40 minutes, turned, 40 minutes.
This bundle was left overnight before going in the rusty pot. I don’t think it has made any difference to the prints.
The print below was cooked in the new roasting pan.
Below is a comparison of prints, on the left is the old rusty pan, on the right the new pan was used.
This ligularia leaf is a good example of how some leaves give different prints from each side of the leaf.
Conclusion – The plants in the rusty roasting tin are less vibrant in colour than the ones with new tile supports, cooked in the new roasting tin. The prints done in the rusty pan have more tonal contrast due to the iron in the pot. The ligularia leaf prints show how sometimes each side of the leaf prints differently.
My next post will give step by step instructions for ecoprinting on paper, I hope you will try it for yourself. You need some rusty water so if you haven’t started yours off I suggest you do so now, you can read about making it here. Adding some fine grade wire wool and vinegar will speed up the process.