March is here, it’s time for more ecoprinting / botanical printing experiments.
If you want to see the rest of the year type “Ecoprinting throughout the year” into the search box.
In the future there will be posts comparing plants for example, and a beginners step by step guide to printing on paper my way.
Pot – Rusty roasting tin
Water – Tap water with vinegar.
Paper – Windsor & Newton cartridge paper, watercolour paper
Mordant – alum acetate
Leaf dip – rust water, the cranesbill leaves were soaked for about 5 minutes rather than just dipped in rust water.
Plants – dried acer leaves, dried wild cranesbill , aquilegia, new rose leaves, hellebore, gerbera from a bouquet of flowers.
Cooking time – 40 minutes, turned, 40 minutes.
Blanket – hellebore and gerbera being thick flowers benefit from a thick blanket like felt or old blanket.
Conclusion – Aquilegia leaf printed rust , which was unexpected so was the print from the new rose leaf. The dried acer and cranesbill were as good as I expected. The cranesbill prints were dark due to the longer soak in iron water. The bright pink gerbera printed yellow.
As the leaf buds are starting to open next month I will be trying out ecoprinting on paper with new foliage.