Monthly Archives: October 2011

Eco prints with Sweet Gum on silk broadcloth

The Sweet Gum tree (liquidambur styraciflua) is new to me. I found one in the National Capital Arboretum in Ottawa. The leaves are palmate and maple-like, and in a lovely range of fall colours,  displayed here on a stack of eco prints: I … Continue reading

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Eco prints with eucalyptus and walnut on wool

The wool came from a recycled sweater, part wool jersey and part lamb’s wool. I mordanted the wool in alum for several days, cut the sweater into sections and bundled each section over a variety of supports: copper pipe, catalpa … Continue reading

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Eco prints with eucalyptus

Three varieties of eucalyptus from the florist were used for my prints on silk: Seeded eucalptus with pointed oval leaves; a smaller oval leaved, unseeded variety (on the left) and the rounded leaf Baby Blue: Seeded eucalyptus and “Baby Blue” eucalyptus plus another larger … Continue reading

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Eco prints on paper with red Fall leaves

This is my first attempt at eco printing on watercolour paper. I collected fallen leaves for the prints in a range of red-orange- burgundy colours: none was green so the strong green-yellow print results were striking!    I prepared the paper as for … Continue reading

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Eco prints with Black Walnut, Eucalyptus and Catalpa Pods on silk, wool and vintage linen

So the Black Walnuts were steeping in a plastic bucket outside on the deck, with another bucket of dye (marigold) on top to keep the squirrels and the raccoons out. Alas:  Only a mess and 25 walnuts left… ..by that hairy, healthy squirrel … Continue reading

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Eco prints with Black Walnuts on linen

A bucketful of green Black Walnuts was left soaking in water to cover …but the squirrels got the top off the bucket and generously shared half the walnuts all around the neighbourhood…After that, I got smart and weighed the bucket lid down … Continue reading

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More eco prints with golden rod, marigolds and maple leaves on vintage linen

The fields and ditches of Ontario were yellow with Golden Rod in late September. How not to pick some? A trip of some 700 kilometers and acres and acres of gold like this to look at:  An armful of Golden Rod gathered … Continue reading

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