Bette A generously gave me three of the sheets she'd dyed, and I was delighted to tangle them once I was home: oak leaves, maple leaves, and unidentified round leaves. They are each about 8"x5".
|'Oakenfall', 'O Canada', and 'The Magic Happens at Night' - (c)2017 Margaret Bremner|
|I adore gingko leaves!|
|Tulips are also nice.|
I can't resist:
There are tulips in the garden.
There are tulips in the park.
But the tulips we like best
are the two lips in the dark.
The process involves layering art paper and vegetation, squashing the layers between two pieces of cardboard, and tightly tying it all into a bundle. Here's one of two bundles I prepared:
And here's the whole whackadoo in a turkey roaster, simmering on the stove for an hour and a half. The brick is to weigh it down because the bundles floated and they aren't supposed to. There are some onion skins in the water as well as a dozen pennies I'd saved and white vinegar as mordant.
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some sort of weirdo cooking blog.
|One bundle, cooling. I really like the woodsy, witchy, herbal look!|
Hmmm. My first conclusion: the tulip leaves and carrot tops are a write-off; I won't try that again. I may even send some of that paper through the next eco-dye bath. However, I got a lovely bit of purple from a Wandering Jew leaf I threw in! Must remember that for next time.
The oak leaves left a lovely brown, and the onion skins some wonderful oranges, as I had expected.
I'm pretty sure this is a basswood leaf. Isn't it interesting how the veined side left such a fascinating pattern and the non-veined side is so blah?
Now I have a couple dozen sheets of paper with interesting patterns to tangle more patterns onto! But I'll be collecting leaves this summer, for sure.
UPDATE: Read about a later eco-dyeing here.