When Nature meets Culture … the magic of Eco Printing

My next workshops :

I will be running a Book Binding workshop with Cassandra Barron at Mandors the Fabric shop in Renfrew Street Glasgow , Cassandra is a great book binder from Edinburgh, I will make paper in the morning with the participants before we all book bind in the afternoon creating two unique little books. If you want to take part look Here


 

Eco-Printing has some kind of Magic associated to it and most don’t understand how you can get those beautiful definition of leaves onto paper or fabric using any additional colour. So I had to discover for myself…

Every summer I take time off to go on a creative course, a few days spent learning a new technic, something different, something I have not done before, following someone else’s instructions, doing the thinking me just doing the learning, experiencing a new set of rules and new results…

I am quite fascinated about colours and printing, and this summer I decided to experience Eco Printing and booked myself on a course during the Summer School of the Scottish Felters in Dunblane. Liz Gaffney Whate Was the tutor and she was very inspiring … That was a few months ago… Eco Printing is very enjoyable and completely addictive. I have found myself walking around picking up leaves wherever I go and running back to the steamer to print another batch of papers, a length of fabric, some pages of an old Greek manual.

This is mark making in perfection, you know what goes in it but never what will come out. You use steam and a chemical reaction generated by an Iron bath or other secret potion… If you print on fabric you need to use a mordant to make sure the result is colour fast.

So I have been experimenting many many times. In Arran I collected sea water and bundled up some leaves between the sheets of an old book, I collected them into sealed bin bags under a huge set of pebbles and left them for two weeks. The iron water transferred a delicate imprint of the leaves onto the old paper, grey and black…

In Glasgow I have collected leaves from my garden and that of many neighbourgh’s and printed pages after pages of different paper and material, cotton, linen…

Beautiful imprints of leaves of warm colours appear creating wonderful and colourful collage of nature upon the old printing of the Greek grammar books I have been up-cycling. As if Nature was meeting Culture for a reunion of beauty.

The most amazing and unusual results sometimes give the best results… I recently printed some scarves of calicot and used basic A3 copy paper to line the fabric. The scarves turned beautifully harmonious but the the lining paper was even better, the delicate shades of the leaves printed on a background of thread marks. A real treat to the eyes. Mark making ready to be up-cycled.

I will be sharing Eco Printing with the participants of next workshops through the next few months as a way to use Nature to create some beautiful marks to incorporate with their work.

My next workshops :

My Gesso workshop Art is the Flower at The House for an Art Lover on the 13th of October that is part of the 6th Mackintosh Festival. We will take inspiration from The House and the garden to make a square Gesso panel using small objects to insert in the design.

I will be running a Book Binding workshop with Cassandra Barron at The House for an Art Lover on the 10th of November, Cassandra is a great book binder from Edinburgh, I will make paper in the morning with the participants before we all book bind in the afternoon creating two unique little books.

I will be running an evening workshop  on 15th November of Eco Printing for greeting/Christmas cards @ The Project Cafe in Glasgow for booking email me @ bettysbeautifullife@gmail.com

I will be running a workshop on mark making for greeting/Christmas cards @ The Hill House Helensburgh on the 11th November between 10am and 2pm, we will make beautiful cards for Christmas using marks made with stencilling, rubbing and eco printing, for booking email me @ bettysbeautifullife@gmail.com

If you would like to experiment with Eco Printing with me find your way to one of my workshops before the Winter arrives and we run out of leaves….

I would love to see you there.

Betty xx

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