Inspired by others, I started eco print. The more I find the wonder of leaves, the more I want to dig and experiment.
In the past I tried leaves prints on fabrics. Now I love the subtle prints on paper. Just done some and made a little book with the felted covers.
See how it's made.....
1. Last week after lunch with colleages in the cafe near offices, I picked some wild yellow daisy, some leaves of Melaleuca tree (paper-bark tree) , maple leaves and blew off euc leaves.
2. I wet the conqueror paper and sandwiched the leaves.
3 - 4. All clamped and boiled in a thermo pot for an hour and stayed overnight.
Prints of Melaleuca are quite brown, euc leaves are bold and yellow daisy is quite obvious.
I also put on some other leaves of euc cinera (round ones). I thought to have some red prints as on silk fabric but it didn't, only yellewish. Believe due to silk is of protein. Paper is of different materials.
Wondering what to do with these papers.
This isthe binding book made with little curly wool fleece and......
Oh, sorry I didn't alert you the cover is made with my cat's hair. Please don't find it weird. My cat's hair is clean and soft as merino wool. Every day I comb and save it.
Base of the cover is of chiffon, layered with cat's hair and wrapped the cardboard resist.
Finished and embellished with the dried Melaeuca leave.
Front cover of mirrow prints of maple leaves
Yellow daisy prints
Subtle and vintage look
That's why I thought to make a vintage little book
Marks of Melaleuca are wonderful
Mogi asked, "it's a sunny day, any news? "
"Oh, yeah, mum's showing me something?"
"What? mum done this little book? Hummmm.....still got the fragrance of leaves.... "
"Got something of me?"
I'm not crazy, I'm imaginative. I want to make use of everything. I love nature, I love leaves, I love wool felt, I love crafting.......
This little book may be a wrap up of my work after decades with the memories of working environment and workmates, also a new chapter to mark my fabulous ways of life next....