I had this little vase, bought at the Werk aan de Winkel shop. It is glazed on the inside. The outside seems poreus and I’m hoping it’s suitable for leaf printing. The book Eco-verf (Eco-dye) from Anja Schrik has a good recipe on page 271.
Before printing I “painted” the vase with milk, 3 times, leaving it to dry in between. Having a protein-layer will do something good, it seems.
I chose small leaves for my small vase. And some more to print on fabric. Seeing as I’m starting up a steam bath, might as well dump in more things than just the little vase.
I have the sleeve of a washed cotton shirt to wrap the vase in and a piece of silk premordanted with alum and soda. This washed out a bit now but that’s not bad I guess. The residu CaOH2 in the vessel will make it a bit more base, shifting colours more to the green than red, so the book says.
put in steamer for at least an hour:
I’m doing 1,5 hours. Then I’m wrapping the pan into a woolen blanket and leaving it for 5 days. Next weekend I may unwrap it. Or perhaps I’ll wait another week. Two weeks “curing” is no luxury.
I also arranged leaves on the piece of silk. I put the green leaves and the Autumnal yellow leafs in batches, I wonder if there’ll be a difference in colour. This cloth I wrap around a miniature roller pin I originally bought for felting. (if this one warps during the steaming I’ll have to buy another. I need one in the month of november to repair a felted piece I have.)
The result one week later, being last weekend:
The silk remains light in colour. There’s no real difference in intensity from the green leaves or the yellow ones.
All in all a nice experiment and I would love to print more with leaves on a hard surface. This can be ceramics, concrete, the shell of an egg.
Perhaps a next time I can soak the item into a dyebath, while the leaf is tied to it. Hoping I can get something as awesome as these eggs Anja Schrik from Viltwerkplaats dyed in the traditional way from the Baltic:
Should I go? Have a lovely morning or afternoon there? Or should I blunder on by myself? I blunder quite alright on my own when it comes to printing leaves on little round objects. First experiment is a succes!