Eco printing : And Learning to Sample

10 Aug

I tore through a lot of silk scarves before it dawned on me that I could just as easily make samples and avoid the disappointment of experimenting with leaves that don’t print.  So that’s what I’ve been doing–even taking notes.  I’ve pretty much honed in on the leaves that want to give up their color and leaves that just leave ever so faint images on the cloth to the cloth.  Here are a few samples from today.

golden mystery

mystery tree

I’m not sure the name of the tree these leaves come from. It’s on the corner near the driveway and when we were coming back from feeding our neighbor’s 10 pound goldfish–seriously–the yard was covered with these leaves–fresh from today’s thunder storm. Wet leaves. Precious as jewels. The one bluish leaf in the first pic is the tree I adore–SourWood. And the circle shape was cut from a eucalyptus leaf which is more precious to me than gold. First cloth is habotai silk. Second picture is raw silk.

I’ve planted a tree–eucalyptus neglecta–it’s supposed to survive in zone 7 where we live. And should be a fast grower. OK.


10 Responses to “Eco printing : And Learning to Sample”

  1. Marti August 11, 2015 at 10:07 am #

    Softly beautiful and at the same time, stunningly alive, these leaf imprints…


    • Patricia August 13, 2015 at 8:32 am #

      today there’s a hint of fall in the air. leaves coming down like crazy. it’s so interesting how they give up different color depending on where they are in their growth cycle.


  2. Mo Crow August 11, 2015 at 12:40 pm #

    love the circle!


    • Patricia August 13, 2015 at 8:33 am #

      eucalyptus–oh what i’d give to forage in Australia


      • Mo Crow August 13, 2015 at 12:48 pm #

        (((Patricia))) the dream of elsewhere, I wish I cold grow blue Tibetan poppies, peonies & lilac!


  3. deemallon August 11, 2015 at 3:16 pm #

    I like the name, “the tree on the corner near the driveway”!


  4. grace August 12, 2015 at 2:21 pm #

    the second photograph….eeeeeeeeeeeeeeee…look!, even a blade of grass???? and
    raw silk…YES!….these are VERY EXCITING


    • Patricia August 13, 2015 at 8:35 am #

      i study these leave for clues. each morning. covered with minuscule drops of dew, their veins invite me into another world.


  5. user107055 September 26, 2015 at 9:29 am #

    you are so missed


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