Wednesday, January 20, 2016

The ever lovely euc prints 可愛的尤加利葉子印染

Eucalyptus cinerea (or silver dollar) are the ever pretty leaves that give bold and strong red prints. With alum mordant it gives orange to golden yellow. For first time learning it's the right leaves to choose. Yesterday I have a group of ladies to play the magic.  
尤加利從來就是那麼可愛鮮明的, 昨日第一次學習植物印染的朋友們驚訝這奇妙的自然色調, 混合其他葉子與心思, 一個下午他們創作了獨特清新圍巾。 朋友們離去後, 我在晚上利用剩餘的尤加利印染一件橙紅主色調的圍巾, 在今日灰暗的下雨天添一點色彩.

It was raining for the last few days, luckily yesterday was fine and cool thus they can play outside and inside. Leaves used were eucalyptus cinerea, rose, casaurina, mandarin and onion skins,  some with iron mordant, alum and others not.
 After my explanation and guidance, they started the laying.  They liked to do delicate placement
 With Mogi's engagement and our chatting,  all placements done and ready for the bundle rolling.
 Eucalyptus were the mostly used
A few casaurina and the round silver dollar to make a blooming.
 After 1.5 hours boiling, unwrapping was exciting moment. They're surprised to see some red, some green, some dark and some yellow.
 This piece only euc silver dollar and a few casaurina looks bright. It's boiled in a dye pot with onion skins thus with tie lines.
 Quite vivid red, orange and yellow
 Everyone was delighted for the outcome, so bold and soft " bright".
 Shades of yellow on silk from onion skins were amazing !
 The clear prints on wool flannel without dyeing as Doris wanted.

Doris just likes the clear and clean. 


So only a few kinds of leaves can make such pretty and colorful scarfs for everybody home.
We can only buy from florist the euc silver dollar.  To make use of the leftover I worked on my own scarf after all gone at night.

I put all the euc leaves, some mordant some not just to have shades.
Oh, after the layout it's raining. Another wet and gloomy day but.......

a red bright yummy day .........
I intended the layout with one end less leaves while other end is rich.  Also have one edge with more yellow dye and tie lines.
Silve dollar red and strong with iron mordant

              The ones with alum mordant are yellow to orange

A scarf with bright and soft is what I wanted on this gloomy day.

Thanks for stopping by.
Wish you a bright and nice day, my dear reader.
PDF instant download Tutorial of botanical printing available in my ETSY shop.
Linking party with Creative Princess 


  1. it must be a joy to work under your calm and gentle guidance, you have such beautiful technique, amazing outcome!

  2. Dear Terrie,
    May I ask how long you leave the silk fabric on iron mordant, since usually iron mordant turn the fabric to be dark and the color of leaves too.
    So I would be happy to here how is your fabric still white and the eucalyptus cinerea is so worm red.
    Thank you
    Rachel Shapira

    1. Thank you Rachel. Glad to answer your queries. I never like to soak fabric esp. silk on iron mordant. I just mordant leaves and cover with resist for clear prints. If you're interested to know more I've a pdf instant download tutorial in ETSY I'm not hard sell but it has details descritpion with step by step images. Most happy to answer if you've further queries. Have a good day.

  3. Many thanks Terrie,
    I will check the link.
    Your colors are so alive and clean that I must find our how to do this.
    Thanks again

  4. Lovely - especially the golden yellow borders!

    1. Thank you Rachel. Yellow from onion is so bright I love too.


Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...