Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Botanical imprints workshop 植物印染工作坊


Botanical imprints from workshop just made.  It's a planned workshop since Feb but postponed a few times due to Covid19.  We've just made it with a bunch of enthusiastic participants from NGOs.  
Our workshop was held in a cultural heritage ambiance.  Alley leading to the studio.....
........greeting by "little white".  How I love cats !
A glimse of the workshop.

It's a 1.5 days botanical imprints workshop with mordant and printing skills.  First started by introducing my sample prints of rayon.

Then a pretty participant to show the silk jersey sample with indigo dyes and botanical printing.
We're lucky to have a well organiser Ming, who is familiar with the neigbourhood and knows well the villagers (Lung Yeuk Tau 龍躍頭).  A private garden well maintained by owner Mr Lee next to the studio is amazing with all sorts of printable plants.  The couple are so nice to show us around and encouraged us to pick any sorts of plants and flowers.

With a handful plants from the garden and bunch of flowers from florist we started the making......
Rayon mordanted overnight.
Layout of plants
Concentrated working on...
Will that dill fragrance remind your taste bud? 
After layout then bundling.  Team work to tie it more tightly.
After 1.5 hours heating the outcome hanging dry and the images speak themselves......
Bright yellow onion skin
Discharge of nandina (南天竺)
Ferns, oxalis, nandina, flowers.....
Eucalyptus leaf of two sides printout
Nandina and euc cinerea
Those plants have no pigments as resist prints
Big leaf of macaranga tanarius (血桐)

All finished in a fine day and happy to shot in such natural ambiance.
I like the ruins of brick houses and  such a good theme with our natural botanical printings
Thank you so much for the lovely ladies, particularily renowned artist Evelyna Liang  for connecting my workshop with Ming who worked hard behind.
The villages - Lung Yeuk Tau (five walled villages and six villages 五圍六村)  is only 45-min drive from my urban apartment but I have never been before.  It's worth for a cultural and heritage visit.

  After the workshop I grasped the chance strolling around.  Sure next time I must explore the villages by bike.  I am so in love of the area and the scenery.

Thursday, August 20, 2020

Tutorial of Leather-Linen-Paper botanical imprints making

I am happy that during this critical time I still quite creative in natural printing and just consolidated my years hard work and combined a written tutorial of enhanced botanical imprints on substrates of leather, blended linen silk and paper. 
My new version of botanical imprints is mainly of flower prints on leather with mordant to enhance in-depth and vivid of natural prints.  I have the last version of botanical imprints on leather which do not need mordant it's the basic imprints technique and only focus on leather printing.  This new listed instant download tutorial is not only leather imprints with my way of mordant, also sporadically mention of blended linen silk and the ideas of combo leather & linen fashion accessories creation.  Last but not least is the bonus of paper prints making.  So this is my latest version of botanical imprints with leather-linen-paper inspiring ideas of bounty from nature.

E-book of 64 A4 size pages with more than 250 colorful images and steps of making prints from mordant and "before & after" images for reference.
Can't imagine such vivid prints of flowers leaving striking marks on leather.
Always peeling off is the exciting moment.
Flower and leaf are good pair.
Shades of yellow on dark background.

Gerbra is such delicate printing.
"Before and After" - placement for reference.

Second part of the tutorial is blended linen silk mordant and sample prints making. You'll see the strong to light gradient color.

I will show the sample making of  fashion accessory of this combo leather-linen creation. 
A reversible chic belt of leather and linen.
It's so nice to make prints with own grown flowers. A purse I made with the hydrangea my husband planted for me.
I made the prints with flowers picked from friend's house.
Idea of making purse.....
and scraps for art journal cover.
A bonus of the tutorial with paper prints making.
Prints on papers for greeting cards, tags, art journal or any purposes.
I enjoy process of handmaking.
 Sneak peek of the instant download eBook tutorial. You may like to browse the listed item on my ETSY

Thank you for stopping by.  Stay safe and well.

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