Today some more views of prints starring Coreopsis verticillata. This coreopsis is a native of North America. The Cherokee apparently knew of its red dye. Other forms of coreopsis, like “tinctoria” give deep yellows, and “lanceolata” blooms give yellowy- orange. I am trying each of these, and the whole plant not just the bloom.
Here Is what she looks like in bloom:
I tried all three kinds in a wee “Blizzard” book (thank you, Hedi Kyle, for showing us that freely), inserting entire stems with blooms into the book pages and then steaming as usual. (C. Verticillata has no blooms yet). With these results. Coreo v. = all red; Coreo l. = orange-ellow and deep red-brown blooms, brown stems; Coreo t. = yellow blooms, brownish stems. Grey-blue from…???
A spent marigold joined the party, with large golden prints on the point of the left triangle fold: a bit of sumac, too. Going Native, you see.
The C. lanceolata gave the deep blackish marks here.
In the steamer: I wrapped the Blizzard Book in paper to avoid the bamboo strips printing on the book.
I have to say, they look edible…like exotic pastries…
Now a selection of printed papers (Strathmore Wet Media, 90 lb, mordanted with alum acetate in an overnight soak) First, some sprays of pink crabapple blooms with red leaves and stalks (Malus “Royalty”) that printed beautiful yellows and blues with teal. The white space does wonders for the composition.
Acer saccharum seeds with spent tulip petals and anthers: Nice to play with the colours and the placement of elements. Baroque curliqueues.
More tuiip petals: pink, yellow and red ones with black patches and anthers.
Maple seeds alone:
More red “Royalty”: Amazing teal blue-greens!
Ms. Isabella Preston's legacy blue lilacs: yellow leaf prints, turquoise blooms, a bit of iron.
A LOT iron, dipped post-printing. Coreopsis v. with Prestonia lilacs. Accordion folded paper, opened out. The colours settled so well in the folds.
More iron dipped colours: turquoise lilacs turn blue-grey.
A paper liner from under bundles in the steamer:
White lilac with Purple Sandcherry and red “Royalty” crabapple. And a slice of rusty metal.
To finish: some more Embroidery Retrospectives. These embroideries were inspired by our Boreal spring growth and rushing snow-melt waters
“Beyond” – on painted silk.
“Summer Willows”. On painted silk organza.
Until next time and the last of my May posts for this year.
The crabapple and has now dropped all its blooms, and the tulips are nearly all gone. So no more eco prints from the garden using these lovelies.
The lilacs and the Prunus cistena will be with us for maybe another week, soon making way for iris, peony, poppies, cranesbills and the first of the roses.
But faithful coreopsis will be sticking around all season – no spring ephemeral is she.
Next post: A review of coreopsis in my dye studio