November 2, 2018

Eco-Dyeing Results

The leaves I used all had some Fall color, so I hoped for more colorful results. However, the paper images  are mostly shades of dark green and brown with some lime green/yellow tones. There’s also a red blotch that started out very strong and soaked through other papers in the same location. While taking the bundle apart after steaming, I couldn’t figure out what caused that. The faint row of papers on the left resulted from leaves that were not soaked in the rusty water. I think Kathyinozarks knows the chemistry of a rusty water soak (with a splash of white vinegar). Several of you asked, so I hope Kathy comments and explains it.

10 comments:

kathyinozarks said...

about why to to use iron water:
The iron oxide reacts with tannins in the plants and gives deep charcoal colours; or if no tannins are present, the iron tends to fix the dye colours or darken them or give the forms greater definition. Ferrous sulphate powder at 2% WOF as a mordanting pre-soak will do similar. from here https://wendyfe.wordpress.com/tutorial-leaf-monoprinting-by-cassandra-tondro/

another good tutorial here https://www.instructables.com/id/Eco-Printing-With-Rust-Vinegar/

and another here https://www.madebybarb.com/2017/11/05/eco-printing-on-cotton/

the iron water is a mordant or fixative to help the leaf's print adhere to the cotton paper or fabric. sometimes if the iron water is too strong it gives a black print which is nice too-after soaking in the iron water on my last batch of papers I rinsed the leaves off a bit before placing on the papers

kathyinozarks said...

You got some nice prints Barbara-are these still wet?

froebelsternchen said...

These are wonderful prints Barbara! Beautiful!
Happy weekend!
Susi

My name is Erika. said...

I'm not a dyeing expert so they looks great to me. Happy weekend. Hugs-Erika

Gene Black said...

These are quite interesting. I too am a bit disappointed that there isn't more bright color. But I am grateful to Kathy for the explanation
PS - they all look quite nice as they are.

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I was really impressed with these. I agree with Kathy about the tannins. I've had them turn my FABRIC black before. You got some incredible papers and now I am truly in a dyeing mood. Thanks for this. I used green tea bags which are loaded with tannins.

Let's Art Journal said...

Such beautiful prints! So interesting that the rusty water makes such a difference too, thanks for the explanation ๐Ÿ˜€. Happy weekend! J ๐Ÿ˜Š x

Dortesjs said...

waue..looks awsome

Debra said...

Oh they are all beautiful.

Barb said...

you always come up with some wonderful things to present to us, new and different, love it!