Eco Printing on Paper

Greetings on this morning of our first frost here just inland of the northeast coast of Massachusetts. As I write I’m watching how the sun nears my tent and it’s just beginning to shine of the white plastic that should begin to warm it up inside in about a half hour.  Then I’ll go out and zip up the panels but rezip them to keep the cold out.  I’ll turn on the water filled coffrr urn and that will beging to add some to the temnperature and I’ll turn on both turkey roasters as well.  I’ll pour the first pot of hot water into a large stainless stell bowl that I use as a sink and wash the “dishes” that it was too dark to get last night when I called it a day about 9ish. Then I’ll put the second pot on to use for multiple purposes, probably a new dye color for the remainder of the scarves I hope to finish up today.

Most of the last few days have gone toward eco printing on watercolor or printmaking paper and I’ve enjoyed almost every minute of it.  It did have its ups and down though but I managed to turn lemons into sweet lemonade! Maybe I shouldn’t even call them lemons, though, because I was completely experimenting with various combinations of mordanting ingredients, vinegar, alums and soy milk, so when you get results that are less than satisfactory, it simply is what it is and you take you learned and move on.   So, in order of progression, here’s some examples of what I accompluished in the past few days.


Vinegar as mordant.

9.5.17 Alum.

Aluminum acetate mordant


Aluminum acetate: a print and a print over, leaves dipped in either iron or calcium carbonate.

A foldover with aluminum acetate, then soy milk.  Leaves dipped or soaked in iron, calcium carbonate or various dyes. On the right I used another piece of paper dyed with logwood as a dye transfer and a calcium carbonate carrier cloth.

You be the judge!

You can catch up with Nina here! 

OK the sun is looking good out there, so I’m off to one of my last days in the outdoor studio for the season. Have a good one yourself and thanks for hanging in there with me!  I love your company and all of your feedback!


  1. Madalene Murphy says:

    I would judge these a complete success–such intriguing textures and color changes. And you got frost! We made it down to 39, which is at least fall-like.

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  2. Great design @ Aluminum acetate mordant

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