Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Eco-Dyeing Results

 I couldn't wait for more than the 1 week before opening a couple of my eco-dyeing bundles. Above shows the string that I wrapped it all in making marks like weeds in a pond perhaps with fish swimming past on the right.
             These leaves have left quite distinct impressions, a mangrove swamp perhaps ?
    These are pieces of fresh bracken fern which although rather faint are marking quite well.
                                       A tree in the middle with bracken shrubs underneath.
   The yellow colour is from the bright yellow weed Oxalis, with more leaves and string marks. The results aren't brilliant, but do show some potential. I'm not sure that opening them up too early resulted in the pale colours, but maybe it is a case of just not long enough boiling time with the iron mordant.

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Eco Dyeing.

 I have wanted to try eco dyeing for quite some time, but having been to a workshop on the subject recently I just had to have go at it. Here I've wrapped narrow gum leaves in a bundle ready to be boiled.
 Enough do you think? It took quite some hours to wrap all these bundles ready for the pot, each one with different leaves inside. Yes, I did make notes on which bundle contained which leaves!
 One last bundle, some Black Wattle (Acacia) leaves and flowers. This is just the very first layer, more will be added each time I fold the cloth over the previous layer.
Ready to put on to boil. The hardest thing will be waiting for over a week for the bundles to dry and to then be able to unwrap and see what marks, if any, I have achieved.

Thursday, 22 September 2016

New View.

Driving across the Bolte Bridge in Melbourne gives a good view of this part of the city and the Dockside area. In a car, the wall of the bridge obscures a lot of the view, however riding in a bus, the view is quite spectacular, apart from the concrete, moss and mud wall on the left that is.

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

No Picnic Today.

 Just a quick trip to Hanging Rock today, where the weather was cold and the rain drizzling. It was too wet to climb to the top unfortunately, but a short walk around some of the base showed tantalizing glimpses of the wonderful rock formations above.
Site of the wonderful film 'Picnic at Hanging Rock', the whole area has been really developed since I was last here decades ago, presumably as a result of the publicity generated by the Peter Weir film.

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Missed the Best!

Some how I managed to leave out this print from yesterday's post. It's probably the best actually, so how I missed including it I have no idea! It's a small sprig of Jasmine flowers with a larger tendril beside it. The tendrils of Jasmine print well, so I must go and collect a few more.

Monday, 19 September 2016


 I wasn't very thrilled with the prints that I got last session, in fact the mop up papers are better than the prints! However these two do have potential.
             This was made with a dried grass seed head collected from a sand dune at the beach.

Friday, 16 September 2016

Mop Up Papers.

 When I'm printing with vegetation on a gelatine plate I use old dressmaking  tissue paper as a mop up cloth before I take a final print.
              These are some of the best of the mop up papers that resulted from yesterday's printing session.
 I'm wondering whether to collage pieces of them into a new work or whether to add more printing directly onto the tissue paper.
As I was working with quite a limited palette of colours they would all go together as a new collaged piece. Thinking.....................thinking.................

Thursday, 15 September 2016


 I was mixing paint to make background papers for gelatine printing when I realised just how gorgeous the paint on the glass plate looked with the lovely colours & textures.
 This could have course been shown horizontal, but the paint suggested reeds or some sort of vertical vegetation.
                                          Definitely water here, looks like a calm sea to me.
                                        Perhaps another watery one, maybe a river this time.

Here are some of the background papers sitting out drying.  I want to over print on these so they really need to be quite dry. Of course the images of the wet paint above could be printed onto fabric rather than paper.