Thursday, October 15, 2015

Natural painted fall theme 天然素繪金秋

 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


8 comments:

  1. Lovely process.. and outcome,Terriea! I too like figuring out what to do next when the firdt outcome is "a surprise"!

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    1. Thanks Ginny. Wanted to do enhancement after first not-t-good outcome just not to waste it.

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  2. Thanks for sharing this technique. It has great possibilities for enhancing prints that need help.

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    1. My pleasure to share the natural stuff. Painted it with the natural made "ink" is more environmental friendly.

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  3. A great success, and some interesting variations.

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    1. Thanks Rachel. Made something different is fun.

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  4. You are so creative Terriea. I love the outcome of this panel.

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