Indigo and Eco Printing

20 Jul

Busy eco printing, finding what works, what doesn’t (plenty) and enjoying little magical moments of happenstance.  (Like the fact that baking soda turns red onion impressions from red/purple to blue green.)  The results have been staggering.DSC03308 DSC03309 DSC03313 DSC03316

11 Responses to “Indigo and Eco Printing”

  1. Marti July 20, 2015 at 4:58 pm #

    I have this image of those of us who naturally dye cloth, rubbing our hands with glee as we dance and cackle around our cauldrons (at least I’ve been known to do that a time or two! ) when our unique individual forms of alchemy change color on cloth. Ever since I learned about using calcium carbonate (a Tums tablet) from Dana of Raven and Sparrow, I’ve been changing the deep purple of desert willow blossoms to blue. Thanks for telling about baking soda Patrica. Long ago, when I first started dyeing cloth and I didn’t know all that much about mordants, I tried to use baking soda…are you finding that the color changes are holding using the baking soda?


    • Patricia July 21, 2015 at 8:19 am #

      after i dip in baking soda i usually put everything through the washer. maybe if i redipped in vinegar something else would happen. i’ll try that and let you know!


  2. Totsy July 20, 2015 at 5:32 pm #

    I love the blues! Sooo Beautiful!


    • Patricia July 21, 2015 at 8:20 am #

      and the indigo has saved a lot of scarves that were just so-so. glad you like it!


  3. grace July 20, 2015 at 6:30 pm #

    i especially love the last…what a joy it must have been when that appeared…
    do you have a 1 2 3 Vat then?


    • Patricia July 21, 2015 at 8:21 am #

      it’s funny–the dark blue is the stem of the sour wood. a month ago they were printing the entire leaf form. every day is different. every tree seems different. and yes, i do have a 1 2 3 vat and it is very ticky. good for a while but then nada. clearly i’m not quite up to maintaining it but working on getting there


  4. ravenandsparrow July 20, 2015 at 6:34 pm #

    What gorgeous results! Your blues are so clear and the watery leaf prints just make my heart sing.


    • Patricia July 21, 2015 at 8:23 am #

      the leaf prints–yes they make my heart sing as well. especially the eucalyptus leaf which i discovered needs to be boiled before it will imprint.


  5. Mo Crow July 21, 2015 at 12:59 pm #



  6. Liz July 25, 2015 at 12:25 pm #

    How did I miss this post? Well, better late than never when I get to see marks like these!


  7. Nancy July 26, 2015 at 6:33 pm #

    That last pic just sings and soars! Beautiful.


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