And one of the perks of keeping the 'brew' from yesterday is that the colour of the dye bath is well developed. A beautiful dark inky brew smelling strongly of eucalypt.....yum!
So today I indulged in my own eco-dyeing frenzy and produced some great pieces. Thanks to my friends I have an overwhelming supply of onion skins, so I packed my paper bundle solidly with onion skins. This produced very intense prints. I also let the brew simmer gently for an hour, usually only half an hour.
I used full sheets of Raines paper, folded concertina style. I intend to make these into books, enhanced with some monoprinting (especially in one section where I forgot to put onion skins!).
I will post more photos when the resulting books are completed later this week. I'm waiting for the paper to dry before cutting it up. Its been raining all afternoon, so they unfortunately they won't dry overnight.
Below are some photos to wet your appetite for yummy textures and colours!
|Packing the folds with onion skins etc|
|After cooking but before the objects have been removed,|
looks a mess but lots of interesting marks
|A close up of the paper after dyeing|
|A delicate leaf print|