Eco Printing & learning
My first attempt, as you may have figured out, was not wonderful. That was due to a few things - like not reading the instructions carefully enough and by the fact that Ottawa in February doesn't have any green stuff outside to use! I had bought a couple of bundles of flowers and got a few great prints from the rose leaves but not much else.
|Great eco print on the pocket of a linen skirt
However, I know that we can over dye, so why not over print? Those blank spaces on my fabric were certainly big enough to add more prints.
|Into the pot they go
- After my first try, I was really disappointed with the results after the final washing of the fabric. I knew what to expect this time, and I believe that my eco printing came out better, but I will have to look into it to see if there is something that I can do to keep those beautiful colours and images.
- In my first try, I didn't soak the linen in ash water. I missed that step and it probably made a difference.
- I also read up on what plants make the best eco prints. I learned the hard way that you get nothing from tulip leaves!
- Here are some really great leaves to work with: geranium (the perennial kind), eucalyptus, locus leaves, rose leaves, ginkgo and walnut. I'm sure that there are more - I will have to check out more websites. I may have caught the bug...and I also need to do something with these!
- I found a blog about how to dry leaves for eco printing (she's from Canada also :-)) so I think that I will join the animals out there and start saving up for winter....not nuts, just leaves!
- When an eco printed piece doesn't look that great, there is nothing stopping me from cutting out and using the good prints.
- I also created a PowerPoint of the pictures that I took with the leaves, before and after washing. I'm hoping that this will help me for the next time.
- Below you will find the finished piece, Mixing it up! from the fist 25 days of my #100dayschallenge. I didn't want to write up a new post just for the final image.