I wanted to have soft and yellowish contact prints. Thus damp the cotton fabric with alum, put the pecan, tore the castor oil leaves and little euc branch. After bundle boiled for 1.5 hours in clear water, outcome is not as expected.
Above image is the "before & after"
這個秋天已來臨, 黃色的, 金色的........ 用的葉子效果未如理想, 我再以天然的顏料 (鐵+胭脂紅蟲) 加工繪上我的金秋色系
To enhance the prints I used the liquid mixture of iron water and cochineal to paint the landscape. I made the cochineal dye by crushing the cochineal crystal and soaked in warm water. Iron water is made with rusty objects plus vinegar and water. Only a drop of cochineal and iron water to make gray to dark shades.
I painted the iron ink with a brush. I accidentally spilt too much iron water and cochineal. Looks too dark but can't change !!
The brown leaves outlines enhanced with iron ink
Let dry then I pressed with an iron
After pressed I washed to test the fastness. It stays
This small panel painting with all natural color. Yellow from pecan and brown from castor oil with alum mordant fabric, little pink dots from cochineal, gray to dark from mixtures of iron + cochineal.
That's the theme of my golden fall