Boiled pages?? I give it a go.

Thanks for this idea goes to Laura and Linda Kemshall and is from their video how-to website, DMTV. They called it plant printing.  I had a go using all sorts of plant material from the garden.

My results were mixed and I wonder if it's because I didn't have the requisite lump of rusty iron and used a natural iron oxide (artists' pigment dry ground - raw sienna) instead. It worked but I only used 1/2 teaspoon and may have needed more to deepen the colour. Iron Oxide pigments do come in other colours too including a chocolatey dark umber, so a bit of experimenting is called for I think, if only to justify buying an £8 wok for the boiling process from Wilko. (I didn't want to use my food prep pans, and none of the charity shops had any saucepans)

It was a fun way to spend an afternoon. When I get something better to show you, I'll post again. Below is heuchera and abutilon.




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  1. Impressive! I watched the video yesterday but we don't have any leaves on our trees yet!!! HA I'll check out a pot at our Goodwill store. I'm assuming Linda's rusted pieces were so black because of her using them in this technique?? I have some rusted pieces..mainly washers/etc. Hope as soon as leaves appear I can also try. Will look forward to your future testing of this technique!

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    1. Hiya Robbie, Yes Linda's might have been so black because of the rusted pieces. I did scour the garage and garden but there was nothing I could use, and I noticed that my powder pigments said they were oxidised iron and I assumed it was the same thing. I used about 1/2 teaspoon but will try again today using 2 tsps.

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  2. Wonderful results! You can quickly rust up a piece of steel wool (I am guessing the scrubby wool used for furniture refinishing and pot scrubbing is called the same there). Or, you can throw a bit of copper into the pot. Some other artists use a copper pot. Until I score one at the thrift shop, that isn't going to happen here. I do have some copper pipe bits, so I may try that. I also seen people just throw a bit of RIT fabric dye into the pot at the end. Regardless, this is so much fun. I love seeing all the different plants people are using. I keep thinking that I have done enough and then some one post a print and I want to try that plant. Like Heuchera, I just added a lime green one to the garden and it would be interesting to see what difference it prints compared to its chocolate cousin. Have fun!

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    1. Ah, great ideas Jeannie, thank you. I haven't quite got round to the second brew yet although it's all prepared, so maybe today. I've been preparing for another portrait and been thinking that through. I think there's another dmtv with things to do with your prints which would be good to see!

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