It’s never too late to complete a project. You just have to become a hoarder and never discard anything.
Some considerable time ago, using the back-drawing monoprinting technique, I produced some small pieces which I went on to embellish with hand-stitching. These were then added to a small concertina book created with 250gsm Stonehenge paper and dipped into coffee (from memory).
However, in April I spent a day natural dyeing with my friend Annette where I pre-cut some raw silk to size and dyed the pieces with rosemary and copper sulphate. These were to complete my book after some further work. So a couple of weeks ago I back-drew onto them.
The method is simple: Roll ink onto acetate, very gently lie paper or fabric over the ink, place a sheet of waste paper such as photocopy paper over the surface, take a pencil and – without resting your hand on the surface – draw a design. The ink will be picked up from the acetate and transfer to the paper or fabric.
Here is the record of what I drew on photocopy paper over my raw silk.
And here’s the finished concertina book, now double sided.