The True Colour of the Cotinus project…. take part in the next phase !

This is the support page of The True Colour of the Cotinus Project. If you scroll below you can register yourself on one of the online methods to learn to print blue on fabric or paper, but also order a beautiful set of Greeting cards with my unique Botanical prints of Cotinus leaves and/or a 2022 calendar (12 images) featuring the Cotinus prints.

The True Colour of the Cotinus project was born in 2020 as an online community Eco-Printing project out of the Covid Pandemic and in 2021. In 2021 over 600 participants have joined the group by taking part in an online workshop or working with the PDF methods to obtain blue prints out the the Cotinus (Smoke bush) tree leaves. It is a really buzzing project created by Artist Elisabeth Viguie Culshaw.

So What is coming next?

The last online live workshop for the year was in Septembre but many are working with online self paced methods (see below how to access them) and sharing their prints, interacting in the Private Facebook group. I want more out of it… to give more, to educate via the method about mordants and results, about seasonality of the vegetation and how the botanical elements act at different times of the year. More of working together wherever we are… but for this I need your support.

As a self employed artist I have to fund my projects and all my work is self funded. I have made available some beautiful items available for you to purchase and some methods and courses for you to join… All are linked with the project and are available to purchase here.

This is an opened letter to all of you who have showed or are interested in The True Colour of the Cotinus project… (in other countries than the UK Smoke bush is the name used for the Cotinus plant). One single mass workshop experimentally launched in July 2020 as a quick online workshop live on zoom to help “stuck at home” “wanabee Eco-printers” has become such a great project. Since then dozens of eco-printers around the world have used this technique to not only create blue prints but connect with like minded creative minds around the world.

Eco-printers talk to each other from across time zones… collect Cotinus plants, share leaves… exchange home baking for leaves… some have produce beautiful work they have sold. So generating some income for themselves. That is such a great result for such a small leaf…

From any prints to blue prints it was only a quick jump… to print on paper to print on fabric… to liaising with over 500 now eco-printers, plant lovers, Cotinus collectors it has been so far a wonderful journey…

Now I want to go further… my plan for 2022 is to :

  • Organise a physical exhibition of the project showing how you can “connect” people from so many different time zones in a small yet very rewarding task as … “eco-printing the Cotinus leaves”, ideally with the Edinburgh Botanical garden.
  • Geo-localise the participants and establish a time line to show how the Cotinus can be printed blue the whole 365 days of a calendar year… preferably on a phone app.
  • Learn to extract pigment from the Cotinus leaves… blue pigment … I have seen it done it is feasible…
  • Educate many about the action of mordants in creating prints out of pigment/tannin and understand the chemical process.
  • May be write a manual of simple eco-printing.

And I need to raise funds… please see below my offer, and scroll further down to read why and how…

THE TRUE COLOUR OF THE COTINUS ONLINE METHOD TO PRINT BLUE ON FABRIC

This online web based instruction method will share with you how to generate blue prints from The Cotinus (Smoke bush) plant on fabric (silk and linen give the best results) This method is for you to keep access to for life and contains some video material. It will be sent to you by link within the day of purchase. You will also be invited to join The True Colour of the Cotinus Facebook group where you can share results and ask questions.

£25.00

PRICE THE TRUE COLOUR OF THE COTINUS ONLINE METHOD TO PRINT BLUE ON PAPER

This online web based instruction method will share with you how to generate blue prints from The Cotinus (Smoke bush) plant on fabric (silk and linen give the best results) This method is for you to keep access to for life and contains some video material. It will be sent to you by link within the day of purchase. You will also be invited to join The True Colour of the Cotinus Facebook group where you can share results and ask questions.

£25.00

A SET OF 4 BLANK limited edition COTINUS GREETING CARDS FOR UK DESPATCH

Cards will be despatched by Royal Mail the first week of December 2021. Postage is included in the price. Let me know if you want me to send those a different address by emailing me at bettysbeautifullife@gmail.com In this set of 4 cards you will find 4 unique images of prints made by Artist Elisabeth Viguie Culshaw in 2021 out of the Cotinus Grace and the Cotinus Purple Regina cultivated in her own urban garden in Glasgow Scotland. Detail about the project is detailed at the back of the card. Those will be a beautiful small present for a friend or family member. Those cards are printed in the UK on recycled board by a small local printing firm and wrapped in one unique recyclable film wrap.

£12.00

A SET OF 4 BLANK limited edition COTINUS GREETING CARDS FOR OVERSEAS DESPATCH

Cards will be despatched by Royal Mail the first week of December 2021. Postage is included in the price. Let me know if you want to gift/send those to a different address by email at bettysbeautifullife@gmail.com In this set of 4 cards you will find 4 unique images of prints made by Artist Elisabeth Viguie Culshaw in 2021 out of the Cotinus Grace and the Cotinus Purple Regina cultivated in her own urban garden in Glasgow Scotland. Detail about the project is detailed at the back of the card. Those will be a beautiful small present for a friend or family member. Those cards are printed on recycled board by a small local Uk printing firm. They are wrapped in one unique recyclable wrap.

£17.00

A 12 PAGES A4 SIZE limited edition COTINUS 2022 CALENDAR FOR UK DESPATCH

Calendar will only be printed and despatched if minimum order of 50 has been reached. Any unfulfilled orders will be fully refunded first week of December as way of advice. Despatched with Royal mail first week of December 2021. Let me know if you want it despatched to a different address by email on bettysbeautifullife@gmail.com This is an A4 size calendar, featuring 12 pages (with unique images 15 x 15 cm on each page), Each page lists one line per each day/calendar together with previous and next planning month. The True Colour of the Cotinus project story is printed at the back together with links to online information. A great calendar to keep data on but also a lovely set of images to enjoy, keep and reuse. Printed on recycled board in the UK by a small local printer.

£20.00

A 12 PAGES A4 SIZE limited edition COTINUS 2022 CALENDAR FOR OVERSEAS DESPATCH

Calendar will only be printed and despatched if minimum order of 50 has been reached. Any unfulfilled orders will be fully refunded first week of December as way of advice. Despatched with Royal mail first week of December 2021. Let me know if you want it despatched to a different address by email on bettysbeautifullife@gmail.com This is an A4 size calendar, featuring 12 pages (with unique images 15 x 15 cm on each page), Each page lists one line per each day/calendar together with previous and next planning month. The True Colour of the Cotinus project story is printed at the back together with links to online information. A great calendar to keep data on but also a lovely set of images to enjoy, keep and reuse. Printed on recycled board in the UK by a small local printer.

£25.00

I will be setting up live a Crowdfunding within the next few days… where I will be asking for small contributions against a physical items… cards and calendars… or an experience… a talk … a live workshop… a self paced method.

As for all self employed artists, the crunch is to be able to afford the time to plan, organise, interact, create… while not generating any paid income. I believe in being self sufficient in all my project so I have created some work you can purchase from me to generate this income I need to get me in my next phase.

It is a bit old fashion as mentioned one of my Instagram Followers but I want to offer something small and beautiful. Something we can hand write on… so it is here below… a pack of delicious blank greeting cards of 4 of my very own unique Cotinus Eco-prints. And a calendar… 12 of my very own Cotinus Eco-prints. Each 15 cms square, big enough to illustrate the beautiful plant. They will be printed in a limited edition and only distributed for now via myself.

They will be despatched in the beginning of December because I need to make this a risk free venture. Only what has been ordered will be printed. This is not a commercial venture… it is fund raising done by an individual.

If you want to support me… if you want to be part of the project… if you want a beautiful item… order now:

You can however already order my own prints in a Greeting cards format or in a Calendar format… Delivery will be second week of December. I want to work in an organised way and only print what we have in order… You order will be placed via Paypal in the box below. The images used here are my own prints. They will be with you all year around …

I hope that you will be with me along the way… keeping all working.

I hope you will keep supporting me.

Best love.

Elisabeth

Published by bettysbeautifullife

I am a Christie's trained artist born in France but living in Glasgow. I work with Eco Techniques like Natural dyes, Eco Printing and Indigo dyeing using recycled material. I learn, teach and share my techniques, I work with communities and travel to Asia

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