With heavy winds and lots of rain on our North Coast we have enough fallen leaves to use for hundreds of boiled books. Sandy, Michele (the Younger), and I converged on Michele’s backyard to make a sandwich out of leaves and Bristol paper sheets. Michele had a great selection of dried leaves in a homemade press.
We used white vinegar as the mordant and after 7 minutes of boiling added Ritz Navy Blue powered dye. This is not eco printing but the results are beautiful. The second boiling was 1.5 hours. These are Michele K’s prints after the rinse.
Eucalyptus, alder, bamboo (bright yellow), and maple leaves all worked well but are best when they have dried up a bit and hit the ground. The dry outer part of a yellow onion, swordfern, and some grasses worked well also.
I already have books in mind and the artist’s work that really inspires me is that of Annywyn Dean. Wouldn’t these pages be beautiful in one of her structures?