The Seaweed Saga 2, Shifting Colors.

The Seaweed Saga 2, Shifting Colors.



A. Previously printed silk charmeuse from last season. Newly mordanted in AA; sprayed with soda ash water

B. Close up.

C. Added various leaves on top of half the cloth.

D. Close up of oaks, horse chestnut and some weld chips.

E. Center layer is a scarf dyed with weld and previously used as a blanket which picked up some prints and and some discharged transfer.

F.  Close up.

G. Eucalyptus and various leaves along with seaweed were then laid out onto the scarf.

H. Close up.

I . A parchment barrier was placed on top of this layer and more leaves were placed vein-up before the other half of the charmeuse was folded over it.

It was then rolled onto a copper pipe and tied with boomerang tubing and steamed for 2 hours.

The results:  Well, not very dramatic. There is a shift to green, but for all the work, it didn’t do much. So I cut it in half and dipped that half in a solution of tumeric and weld and achieved a clearer green, although it doesn’t quite show up as it really is because I’m still having huge computer problems.


Quite a big difference here – a more unified, cohesive print, although It’s too bad some of the drama wasn’t retained.

Eco Printing on Paper

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!

A Woman’s Work Is Never Done!

A Woman’s Work Is Never Done!

All silks here: the first is raw silk, on the right is habati silk. I like how these came out. The leaves that soaked in rusty water are the strongest.  Others were all soaked in various concoctions.  I have going pans of chalk with seawater, plain seawater, vinegar water, rusty iron water, copper water that now also has iron water mixed in it and I usually mix them up on a piece of cloth.

This batch of Arches watercolor papers is a disappointment, but it was again an experiment.  It’s the first time I rolled the paper on logs, as opposed to stacking them. The top, outer cover came out the best, but what was inside didn’t print well at all, even though I left them for about a week before opening.  Sometimes this process seems like a crapshoot! However, it’s once again, my failure to document what I did that leaves me in limbo, not knowing why. My guess is that no tannin penetrated the outer cover because it was tied up so tight and didn’t seep through as it does with fabric when it’s rolled and tied. One redemptive aspect, though, of this process is that you can over-print and try again! You know I will! I just put a batch of fabric over prints in the steamer  a few minutes ago.

Did I show you my new steamer?  HA! HA!  I bought this stainless steamer at the Salvation Army for a pittance and plopped it on top of my crockpot which is cooking up some juniper dye) and it cooks all day or all night sometimes.


Meanwhile, here’s a “Prompt” I did in a group that’s an offshoot of our Creative Strength Training Workshop, called CST Summer Camp.  Jane is promoting her new book (I already have mine!) which you can find out about or purchase here.

Prompt 1.A

As usual, linking up with Off The Wall Friday!