I’ve discovered, much to my delight, that sweet potato leaves print! Thank you Paulette Welch Shea for offering them up to me! She even delivered them to my door…that’s a friend worth keeping for 64 years! LOL!

Stonewashed Silk de Chine; Sumac Leaf Tannin, PAS mordant.

Silk scarf laid down on top of plastic; leaves with Cochineal blanket on top of leaves.

Fresh sweet potato leaves & vines; crabapples, soaked in CC are year old and dried; Maples, no soak, just plain and dried for a year.

Rolled onto copper pipe w/ plastic barrier; String tied; steamed 350F for hour and 40 minutes. Opened immediately. The scarf is washed and ironed here but the blanket isn’t  in this pic but it didn’t lose much color in the wash.

Also, gratitude goes out to my cohorts on the Printing With Botanical online FB group for being the BEST! They share and care! I’ve learned so much from them!

Posted by:turtlemoonimpressions

The natural world is phenomenal and so much of the man-made world - our architecture, our cities - are stunning accomplishments. They exist hand in hand in both beautiful expressions and sometimes disastrous manifestations. Our entire existence with the natural and the invented is intertwined – each dependent on the other, even as my art evolves, each breathing in the wake of the other. Surface design is one aspect of the process that I love. I thoroughly enjoy the play with color, value and construct, particularly the improvisation which starts with one thing, an idea, a glimpse of a vision, perhaps something that captures my eye for a moment in time and it grows organically. I become focused on whatever piece I'm working on and follow my muse to find my way.

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