Tuesday, May 23, 2017

DIY natural printed backpack 植物印染背包

I have a very good colleague who likes playing ping pong.  She knows I am doing natural prints and asked if I can make her a backpack carrying racket and small stuff.  I promised long ago but just figured out how to make one to my best skill.  I took out a few sample swatches printed a year ago for my tutorial sample shots.  Those wool flannel prints are fine to make the backpack which looks firm. This is the finished gift I made.

The main part of the backpack is of cats.  I called it the "cat whispers".  I intended to make them close but can't express well and only made the silhouette.
 I cut the cat shapes on the leaves with iron mordant.
Composition mainly of casaurina and a few silver dollar euc for the red hearts.
The other piece I also laid the leaves with cat silhouette. Prints are not that good for the formerly planned table runner.  Thus it's sewed for the backpack.

Flap prints with Lagerstroemia indica and casaurina.  Enclosed with magnet.
With all parts formed together, thought they're fine and almost saved every single piece of the swatches.

The back prints mainly of euc and rose leaves with yellow little onion skins. Swatch prints making are available in my ETSY, my first pdf tutorial.  As prints on wool flannel take up  bold and strong.  It doesn't need pre-mordant. That's the simple and easy way to do animal protein fabrics.

  1. Inside  pocket is another piece of wool flannel little prints then dipped in indigo.  Opening with punched eyes for the draw string and handle sewed with stuffed fabric scraps  as well the flap with magnet close.

The backpack will be on my way to Toronto in the hands of my good colleague in Sept.  Wish she would like it.

Friday, May 19, 2017

New prints from bike ride 單車騎行之創作

Leisure, sports and creation all make my days fabulous. This botanical imprints on the silk scarf just done after the ride with bike team this week.
 I must thank for the guys who're so kind to explore biking routes and their patience waiting for my windfalls picking.
能夠把興趣、運動及創作混為一體是最好不過的活動,很多時要感謝的是我的單車隊友,他們發掘新路線,我尢其喜歡鄉間小路、魚塘花徑。這日騎行至皇崗口岸香港邊介,途經河邊撿拾葉子花托,回家馬上製作實驗,很有效果的植物印。多得隊友們耐心等候我拾葉影相,能夠與我同行創新路 - 我愛單車騎行!
That day we went to the Hong Kong / China boundary for a closer look of the China zone. 


It's such a leisure ride in the bush

The northern part of Hong Kong is vast with greenery lush and water. Ponds with lilly and wetland with assorted plants.

Just passed by a river I saw this kind of flowers and found lots of the receptacles on the ground.
Curiosity brought me home to do the experiments
Back home with handful leaves and own coreopsis I immediately done the boiling prints.

After an hour boiling the imprints of leaves done on the silk scarf with resist prints from mulberry leaf.
I know the receptacle may not have color so I inserted the coreopsis in the centre of  receptacle.  It works.  From the image above you will see the "Before & After". Orange from the dried eucalyptus, green from the plant picked on bike ride.
A day out of bike ride made me a happy day of the new species experiment.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

My 2nd natural prints tutorial published and listed 第二輯植物印染教材發行

Since years ago I encountered eco-printing I have been doing lots experiments to explore the bounty of nature. My first edition of the tutorial  is hot-selling.  It's the basic introduction yet fabulous shades can be achieved.  Many people asked for the sharing of my next level creation which they find amazing with shapes and shades. During my way of eco printing I would define my works into three levels - the first basic with colors, the 2nd with control shades and the next is still in own exploration.

Mogi and I are glad to announce the release of my  2nd copy of eco prints instant download tutorial.  This e-book shows how to make enhancement of eco prints with all natural resources. 

Features of the tutorial with over 200 images of process and samples :
~ Simple mordant making apply on silk, wool, cotton, linen and paper
~ Control clear prints, background shades or outlines of plants
~ Make mirror prints on two different fabrics in one go
To start with the e-book it's the prints of rose petals, rose leaf and eucalyptus.......

With my way of working ...... fabulous contact prints on silk, wool, cotton, linen and paper can be achieved.

Prints with outlines and colors on cotton or even colors on papers can be done.

To make art journal with own natural printed paper with cover that will be a poetry souvenir.

This is how I walk through my way of natural printing.
You will find my tutorial easy to follow and inspiring.  Here's the instant download tutorial link on my  shop ETSY TerLing Creations

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Eco printing of flowers and blouse making 植物印染襯衣製作

                        Mogi approves the making of a blouse with natural prints.

 He always occupies any stuff.  Just after the composition of the panels.....
with his legs and flapping tail....... no worries I can make a blouse easily just sewing the panels.

 Lately I like to experiment with seasonal flowers.  Whatever I picked on the ground I tested it even the white flowers I tried to make the shapes.  So lots of panels made.

With appropriate mordant and natural extracts I done some prints. 

Don't just to keep in the stash but make something with the panels. 
In a few hours I sewed the loose blouse.

With the minimum cutting of neck hole and simple design, top with three double folded panels and down with back & front two panels.  Sewed both sides for the waist and folds on bottom then with draw string on one side and other end with a knot.

Voila..... a blouse is made with all sides look

A simple blouse is made without measurement.  I intended to make it a free size just want to find a Cinderella.

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