To paint the covers and endpapers of my artist books, I am using powdered plant dyes from Couleurs de Plantes (France) in partnership with Maiwa (Vancouver). Most of them I cannot obtain from my own garden.
For this set of experimental papers, I use a mix of corn starch paste, about 2 tablespoons/30 ml to half a teaspoon/2.5 ml of dye powder – mas o menos…The papers are Canson, various weights. (Paste recipe: one part corn starch to three parts water, cooked, cooled, blended/processed and sieved to de-lump)
Dyes used for this selection of papers: logwood, madder, cochineal, weld,quebracho, chestnut and lac.
Madder, logwood and cochineal on 140 lb watercolour paper. Cochineal goes grey in acidic conditions.
Madder and logwood, wood block print.
Two layers: Golden Rod first overprinted with madder on wood block.
Golden Rod overprinted with logwood and combed
Lac with wood block removing paste
Golden Rod, combed
Quebracho, colour lifted by wood block
Logwood, brushed then stamped with Indian textile block
Chestnut, stamped with African block to lift colour.
Note that sometimes you can lift colour off or lay colour on with the printing blocks.
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