More experiments with amur and silver maples, coreopsis, carolina cranesbill and hollyhock blooms--several of the pieces were re-used fails--which i've never got to overprint ever-- and some are re mordanted pieces that didn't print at all the first time. I really can't find a lot in our new neighbourhood that is successful as an ecoprint, so am rather disheartened by this. My garden is not enough, as a lot of the actual dyeplants i use weren't transported when we moved--stoopid me thought i'd find tansy, yarrow and artemesia here, and a few other things too.......A microclimate/microcosm of the natural world is just that--ya ain't gonna find it everywhere even in the same city........
Love the delicacy of these. Details:
The one above was predone, a fail of tea and scentless chamomile on cotton, but the tannin obviously helped with an ecoprint the second time.
Below, not much print but WOW that blue from the hollyhock blooms!!
I love how you get a blurp of yellow from the coreopsis petals, and a distict calyx shape from the, well, the calyx!
An errant silver maple in here too:
I think this is my favourite of this batch:
Again, rather delicate, very pictorial. Obviously i am going to have to go and dig up some of that coreopsis from behind that fence in the alley :)
And a scrap i just used , because i hate wasting cloth or plant matter:
Also down in the dumps about the lack of stitching in the past month. There hasn't been a time yet when i could sit uninterrupted, calmly and happily, just stitching, without wondering what will happen in the next hour, day, week. Can't even do it on the way to work--i have a bus, a train, another train and then another bus, and none have a long enough duration that i can get a needle and thread out--and at the times i travel, no room to manouevre one anyways.
I'm HOPING i can get Friday to co-operate, time, drama and weather wise, and DogFaced Girl and i can make a trip back to Inglewood---most of the areas i collected from are gone, but maybe there will be some left that was further "inland" from the river---and that is now the edge of the river. Have to be careful though because the banks are still extremely hazardous, and it ain't worth losing my favourite girl, or drowning myself for a tasty bit of tansy. At least Nessie will have a blast! She hardly cares what i am doing, as long as she can see me, and i give her the occassional rest, drink and treat. Oh, to be so carefree.
Oh, and just remembered, have to pull out the jars of fermenting lichen to see if anything will work. I think it was April that i started most of them, and surely by now there will be results!