Eco printing the chuppah 4

More eucalyptus eco prints, maybe e. camaldulensis…?

On silk organza, lovely browns and dark greys from dry
leaves collected from the ground beneath the tree.
The fresh fig leaf printed bright green and the mature (long pointed) dried eucalyptus leaf gave browns.
For contrast, rusty orange reds from the juvenile dry Baby Blue eucalyptus, roundish shapes.


A mix of dried Silver Dollar eucalyptus (roundish juvenile leaves to give yellows) and dry mature eucalyptus (camuldulensis?, to give browns ) plus some greens -real greens!- from florist filler fern that came in a bouquet my husband brought me.

Below is just a close up look at a Seeded Eucalyptus print on a silk chiffon fragment that looks to me like a passage from an abstract painting. The red blobs are the seeds.

Here are organza panels bundled with eucalyptus, ready for steaming in the turkey roaster. It took about two hours for the red-orange colours to develop, though some stayed yellow.

Another eucalyptus abstract.
Last word to the Impressionist fave contrasts between orange-yellows and blues: Red Cabbage blues on the left, Silver Dollarv eucalyptus yellows and oranges, middle and right.


Next time: Eco prints for the chuppah from the Bride’s home garden

7 thoughts on “Eco printing the chuppah 4

    1. Thanks for the feedback, Darcy. I am finding eco prints and natural dyeing an all-consuming interest…beware…Do share your experiments!


  1. Wendy, i am blown away by that blue–and bought a red cabbage today because of you 🙂 Is there a secret to it, if you don’t mind sharing the process? Or is it pretty much the same process as all the other plant materials?

    1. No secret, arlee. I stand in the shoulders of generous giants. I got the cabbage heads-up from Sasha Duerr’s book in our local library.This isvwhat I did so you can, too: Get a nice red cabbage. Take an alum mordanted piece of silk Chop up the poor cabbage Truss it up as usual in a nice bundle, it will be lumpy and might try to get away (I would if it were me) Tie it up a bit more Steam it for an hour, or up to two…the blue releases easily. Use the same cabbage for a second steaming to get the lighter values.

      Shortening your retirement? “New ideas require old spaces” (Jane Jacobs)

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