Leaf print experiments

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I’ve been trying leaves I don’t usually use and some different strategies for cooking them up. Prunus leaves, kindly contributed by this block of flats.  I am sure they wouldn’t mind!

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Maple… I think this is Japanese maple.

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I have tried several different sheoaks.

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Some of the results are really spectacular.  My favourite is quite green, very exciting.

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Here it is beside the prunus prints.

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They are pretty pale…

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The maple leaves were interesting, and I love the impression of the string ties.  And this sheoak came out better than any other so far.  I tried 6he leaves out on a linen collar, and wrapped it around a rusty spring I found in my leaf gathering travels.  This bundle was so small I overlooked it, so this one had a long time in the pot, which is no doubt a clue for future experiments.

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Some results were less exciting.  I did get a pale green print from our birch leaves, which is a first and might be promising.

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I went back for more juvenile E Polyanthemos and this time, not so great prints resulted, but I did get some that were quite green, and that’s promising too.

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Meanwhile, the saga of the neighbourhood bees continues.  The lorikeets moved out of this nesting box, and the bees moved in weeks ago.  There is now honeycomb visible in the opening.

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8 responses to “Leaf print experiments

  1. Very cool! That green is amazing!

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  2. carlseapatch

    Nice prints, what fabric did you use? I have a purple prunus that gives great prints on silk.

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  3. beautiful prints, and lovely that “your” bees are thriving.

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  4. Susan

    LONG ago I use Japanese Maple and got a brilliant yellow, alum mordant, and the leaves were purple, wonder if it was a different variety. I have looked up she-oaks from another post i follow and the name cracks me up for some reason…………
    Happy New Year!

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