Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Eco-printing with heat

The second method of eco-printing with heat involved steaming the papers, rather than boiling them.  After wetting down several sheets of Arches Text wove,  I layered them using mostly leaves and red onion skin, and a few rose petals.

The papers were tied with string and weighted down with some 12 X12" tiles, and placed on a rack in a large roasting pan.  I filled the bottom of the pan with boiling water, and covered the whole thing with  foil. Then I let it steam for about 1 hour in a 225 degree oven.

Here is what it looked like after I took it out of the oven:

I covered them with a large plastic trash bag, and weighed them down to sit overnight, The hardest part was waiting until morning to open them up and look at all of them.  Here are the results:

Here is the book that I made using those papers and a Japanese stab binding technique:

It's about 5" X 8".  This method produces very subtle dyes and leaf impressions. 

Thanks for looking and comments!


LucyLynn said...


Gemma Black, Calligrapher said...

Simply gorgeous! Enjoy the experiments and experience Roann.

pattisokol said...

I love it. Can't wait to try! Wish we had some fall leaves here.

Lynn Slevinsky said...

So beautiful Roann! I so enjoy your class projects!

Jo Murray said...
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Jo Murray said...

I was so excited about this that I totally misspelt my comment and am now doing it again. Thanks for the info...I'm off to do this.