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Printing with Plants

Cathie's plant print

In Liz Jeneid’s Natural Dyeing workshop we imprinted our papers with flowers and leaves by clamping them between ceramic tiles using strong metal paperclips to hold everything together. The sample above was made by Cathie using leaves and bougainvillea and folding the paper in quarters. The clamped tiles are shown below.


clamped tiles

Then we plunged the whole lot in the bubbling vat of plant dye and let it ‘cook’ for at least half an hour. Some left their tiles overnight, soaking in the cold vat. The results were as varied as the plants and people involved and the process is exciting because you really don’ know what you will get. Here are some examples:

Liz camellia

Above: Liz pressed a red camellia and this is what she got!

Marama's imprints

Above: My pages using prunus leaves, passionfruit vine and a wire mesh for patterning.

Lissa's prints

Above: Lissa brought a basket of flowers from her garden and here are her prints with the flowers still in place.

Here is a design I made digitally using my naturally dyed papers.

dyed paper pix

2 comments on “Printing with Plants

  1. Alan
    January 10, 2015

    Very “Creative” :)

    Happy New Year

  2. greengaze
    January 17, 2015

    inspirational to see the ‘natural’ process turned digital with exquisite results. I’d love to see more.

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